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Science​ Block F  

Mr. Leblanc 

Arctic Wolf 

By Jefferson Vasquez 

The Arctic wolf is a mammal from the far south. It usually lives in the North American and 
Greenland region. Its daily life-span is usually around 7-10 years in the wild. They also mostly 
live around isolated areas. 

The Arctic wolf is a type of grey wolf and is facing threats of endangerment. There are 
approximately 200,000 left in the world. Humans have been estimated to be the ​MAIN ​predator 
of the Arctic wolf besides Polar Bears, Other wolfs, and Grizzlies. This reason we are the main 
predators is that humans hunt the wolves for their fur. Their prey is mostly arctic hares and the 
Muskoxen mostly herbivores.  



The Adaptations Of The Wolves 

Each wolf has a different type of adaptations. Animals that live in cold regions must have 
adaptations. The Arctic wolfs, however, have well-adapted to their cold environment by these 
adoptions. ↓  

1. The camouflage fur  

Every winter the arctic wolf changes fur color. The wolves fur color change into a more 
white type color. Their original color is more golden and brownish.  

2. How Does This Help The Arctic Wolf In The Wild? 

There could be many reasons that the arctic wolves change their fur color to a clean 
white shade. One of the reasons is to blend into their environment. 

The arctic wolves also change their fur so that when they blend in they will be harder to 
spot. Their fur also becomes isolated from the cold wind. The fur keeps the wolves warm 
and keeps their skin water-proof and snow/ice proof. They also hide from predators who 
are hunting them.  

The fur on its paws  

The Arctic wolves have fur on their paws. The fur can keep their paws warm from the cold snow 
on the bottom of them. It can help the arctic wolf from freezing. 

How Does This Help/Affect The Arctic Wolf In The Wild? 

The Arctic wolves have fur on the paws to help them both keep warm and hunt prey. The fur on 
the paws keeps it’s paw warm and isolated from the snow and ice. 

It also prevents the arctic wolves from slipping on the snow and ice. The fur keeps the wolves 
from slipping when chasing after its prey. 

Thick Layers Of Body Fat. 

The Arctic wolves have a extra thick layer of body fat stores in for more a better chance of 
survival. This helps both the Wolves stay warm and stay healthy and prevent death from 


How Does This Help/Affect The Arctic Wolf? 

Since the wolves have an extra layer of body fat they have a much bigger chance to stay warmer 
during the whole winter.   

The extra layer of body fat helps them also have a “backup” plan for energy. If the wolves can’t 
find any prey they use their extra layer of body fat to keep their energy up. It’s basically a food 
storage for emergencies.  


​So these are just some of the adaptation of the arctic wolf it has many that help it survive. I felt 
like this topic of the arctic wolf would be most interesting. The wolves are an interesting type of 
species. Its fur protects its body from the cold. the fur on the paws helps it hunt its prey. The 
extra layer of body fat helps it survive when food is low.  

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