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In some areas of Europe, the grey wolf completely disappeared more than a century ago. But now it is gradually coming back. To keep the beauties of nature, we need to make sure they stay protected.

The wolf is currently protected under the EU Birds and Habitats Directive but major threats still exist. Join us to defend this beautiful animal and spread the word: the wolf is here to stay!


© Ralph Frank / WWF Germany

My common name: Grey Wolf

My latin name: Canis lupus

Population: About 12 000 in Europe and 200 000 worldwide

My address: Asia, Canada, North of the USA, Europe

My favourite food: I can eat a lot of meat at one meal and then go without food for a considerable time. 

My way of life: I am a social creature and live with my family. We call it a pack. We travel and hunt together. Some of us stay with the pack for life, some don’t.

Life span: I can live up to 13 years in a protected park but in the wild, life is tough and some of us often die at the age of 8.

European Wolf

We hear a lot about the wolf, but how much do we really know about this beautiful and rare animal?


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Canis lupus Grey wolf Captive pair; photo was taken in May.

Many stories are being told about the wolves, but often negative ones. They tend to exacerbate our fears and highlight the tensions between us and them.

Read different sides of the story, from wolf and pastoralism to the demonisation of the wolf  and the testimonies of farmers and shepherds, who lived with the wolf.

Discover the beauty behind the wolf and the benefit of its return to Europe.

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New species are invading the Arctic. Salmon from further south are running up arctic rivers. New birds, such as American robins, have appeared in the High Arctic, and grizzly bears and moose are showing up in places that they have not been within living memory. How these species will interact with existing species, such as the wolf, is unknown.

Why did the wolf disappear from some European countries and why did it return?  Why are wolves often seen in a negative way? What is done to protect the livestock from wolf attacks?

All you always wanted to know about wolves.

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What WWF is doing

WWF works to protect the habitats and ecosystems on which the wolf depends.