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Also known as “el lobo”, the Mexican wolf is the smallest subspecies of the North American gray wolf. Wolves live in family groups called packs. The wolf parents are the leaders of the pack, called the alpha pair. The rest of the group includes their sons and daughters and possibly a few other close relatives.

wolf looking away

Did You Know?

Unlike the big, bad wolf in stories like Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs, wolves are actually shy and avoid people.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Canis lupus baileyei

Arizona and New Mexico

Mountain and forest

4.5 to 5.5 ft

11 years

Zoo Location:
Wolf Woods

Elk, deer, peccaries, rabbits, rodents, and carrion

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (Endangered—U.S. Endangered Species Act)