Do Wolves Live In The Jungle?

Did you know that wolves are the largest members of the dog family? Or that they can run at speeds up to 30 miles per hour? Or what about that they show deep affection for their family members? 

Wolves are simply fascinating animals! Here we take a look at some questions about these creatures (like if they live in jungles, what they eat, and more) to help you learn all about wolves! 

Wolf in a forest
Wolf in a forest

Do any wolves live in the jungle? 

Have you ever seen the Disney classic The Jungle Book? In that story, a young child named Mowgli lives in the jungle and is raised by his family of wolves, as well as a black panther and a bear. So this brings the question to life:

Do wolves actually live in the jungle? While, on top of The Jungle Book, there have been rumors of feral children being raised in the jungle by wolves, this is just simply not true. This is because, for one reason, wolves do not live in the jungle. Wolves can be found in habitats ranging from North American forests to the Arctic Circle, to the Savannah plains in Africa. But they will not be found in the jungle. 

What exactly is a jungle and what animals live there?   

 The terms “jungle” and “rainforest” may get thrown around interchangeably, so it might be tricky to know exactly what a jungle is. A jungle is simply an area with densely overgrown trees and vegetation and is located in a warm place with a lot of rainfall. The word “jungle” is not a scientific term. 

Instead, it is a descriptive term. Rainforests, like jungles, have lots of rain and thick vegetation, but it also has a tall layer of trees (called the canopy) that prevents rain from reaching the floor. 

There are many animals that live in a jungle habitat, such as jaguars, capybaras, sloths, armadillos, anteaters, tamarins, lizards, macaws, poison dart frogs, and crocodiles.  

If wolves do not live in the jungle, where do they live? 

There are two main species of wolves – the gray wolf and the red wolf. The gray wolf is found in parts of North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. In North America, these wolves can be found in the Northern Rockies, the Pacific Northwest, the Western Great Lakes region, the Sonoran Desert, the United States/Canada border, Greenland, and the Arctic Circle.

In Eurasia, these wolves can be found in places such as Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Russia, China, and Mongolia, as well as the Alps and parts of Eastern Europe. In Africa, the gray wolf can be found in Egypt and Ethiopia. 

The red wolf is critically endangered. While this wolf used to live all over the United States (ranging from Pennsylvania to Texas), they can now only be found in eastern North Carolina.  

In these various parts of the world, wolves can live in different environments such as the tundra, woodlands, forests, grasslands, and deserts.  

Are wolves at the top of the food chain? 

Wolves are considered apex predators, which is just a fancy way of saying that they are at the top of the food chain. You may be wondering how these animals can be so endangered if they are at the top of the food chain. Humans provide the greatest threat to wolves.

The main things that are threatening wolves’ survival are hunting by humans and human-caused habitat loss. Humans are destroying and developing wolves’ habitats, which is causing them to lose their homes and safety.  

What do wolves eat? 

Wolves are carnivores, meaning that they are meat eaters. Wolves like eating large hoofed animals (such as deer, elk, moose, and bison) and small mammals (like beavers, rabbits, hares, and rodents). Adult wolves can eat up to 20 pounds of meat in a single setting.  

Why do wolves howl? 

Why do wolves howl?
Why do wolves howl?

Contrary to popular belief, wolves do not howl at the moon. Instead, they howl as a way to communicate with each other. Howling is a great way for wolves to communicate with other wolves across a long distance, which is important because wolves often live in large territories. Howls are able to communicate things like warnings, the location of the wolf, and the location of prey.