Ten things you absolutely must know about Mexican gray wolves.

1- You can't name a North American mammal that's more endangered than the Mexican gray wolf. There isn't one.

2- Right now, there are only about 50 Mexican gray wolves in the wild and about 300 in captivity. Widespread trapping and poisoning in the early to mid 1900s nearly made them extinct.

3- Mexican wolves live in the mountain forests and grasslands in remote areas of Arizona and New Mexico. At one time, they also lived in Mexico, but there hasn’t been a wild Mexican lobo sighted south of the border since 1980.

4- Guess what? Mexican gray wolves are not totally gray. Their fur is a mix of gray, rust, black and buff, a color pretty close to vanilla ice cream.

5- The Mexican wolf weighs between 50 and 85 pounds, which is a little more than half the size of its northern cousin, the North American gray wolf and about the size of a German shepherd or Labrador retriever. It lives to the ripe, old age of 10.

6- Interesting social habits of Mexican gray wolves include tail wagging, howling, yipping, growling, playing, and marking territory with urine.

7- The Mexican wolf never has to eat its vegetables! A wolf is a carnivore, so a balanced meal consists entirely of meat. Wolves eat elk, deer, and small mammals like rabbits and…fur, bones and all.

8- A wolf pack is like an extended family of brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. Each pack is led by an alpha pair—two parents who protect the family and teach their pups the ways of the world.

9- Each spring, the alpha female gives birth to a litter of pups in a burrowed-out den. She’s the only pack member who has pups, but the whole pack helps raise them by bringing food to the den in their own stomachs and regurgitating it for the pups (Regurgitating is the same as throwing up).

10- The Mexican gray wolf’s official scientific name is Canis lupus baileyi. But now that you know so much about it, feel free to call the Mexican gray wolf "lobo."

Responses to "10 Facts about Mexican Gray Wolves."

  1. Anonymous says:

    It sounds like it is actually a coywolf, the coyote wolf hybrid that was known as the Eastern Wolf until DNA tests showed it is predominately coyote. It is also smaller than the Northern Gray Wolf. Have they done mitochondrial DNA studies on this species?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am a Wolf (Loba) ;)

  3. Anonymous says:

    This poor beautiful creature needs protection or relocating somewhere it can florish again..
    Please help if you can..
    Italo Spinoza

  4. Laura says:

    I live in the forests of Mexico, and people are SO stupid arround the small mexican villages! If they see a coyote they kill him! If they see reindeer, puma, mountain cats or quail... they do the same, they're just ignorant and stupid THATS why there are no more wolves here :( I'ts and absolute shame.

  5. Anonymous says:

    "Great Tune ~ Wonder who This singer is and it would be nice if they would say ! Music by ? Great video ! Great photo's thanks..

  6. Ruth says:

    Spectacularly beautiful creatures and so small. May they be protected and cherished. Love you White Wolf <3

  7. Unknown says:

    This website is a forge the real one is:

  8. Anonymous says:

    We have destroyed so much of their own habitat that they have no choice but to stay on the edges of ours. They are just trying to survive. It upsets me what Laura posted. They are so beautiful. They belong in their own habitat and people should leave them alone.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    im happy that there are about 300 in captivity however i am saddened as to the low number in the wild. at the rate we are going we will only be able to see them in zoos. i believe that we as human beings need to take responsability for our actions and hopefully learn how to co-exist with these awesome animals instead if irradicating them.

  11. Anonymous says:

    People's ignorance is beginning to ruin our wildlife. Maybe there should be very stiff fines for ignorance and murder of wildlife.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Music is La llorona with Joan Baez..
    The human stupidity not to understand that we are ENTIRELY dependent on the nature (a nature in balance=all insects, birds ALL ANIMALS and plants and trees to SURVIVE, it will bring us all to extinction, and it will be our fault...we are the only ones devastating this planet with our pollution and killing of all animals...

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