Alaskan tundra wolf

Living in Alaska on the Arctic coast, the Alaskan tundra wolf (Canis lupus tundrarum) is a subspecies of the Gray Wolf. They have all white fur, grow to lengths of 150 cm, heights of 80 cm, and can weigh up to 80 kg. These wolves have a life expectancy of about 15 years.

Alaskan tundra wolves live in packs led by an alpha male, and then an alpha female. Within the pack, parents will stay with their own young, but the whole pack raises the pups, and hunts together.

Caribou is the main food source of the Alaskan tundra wolf, as well as muskoxen. Adult prey generally requires the pack to work together. They agitate the prey, and hunt the weakest animal once they flee.

Alaskan tundra wolf Taxonomical Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: C. lupus
  • Subspecies: C. l. tundrarum
  • Trinomial name: Canis lupus tundrarum