Pack life insures the care and feeding of the young, and allows wolves to defend their common territory.
Wolves live in packs because cooperation allows them to bring down larger prey.
The male and female leaders of the pack are called the breeding pair (formerly referred to as alphas).
Do wolves always travel in packs?
Wolves are highly social animals that live in packs. Almost always, only the male and female alphas of the pack will mate. Wolf packs typically have one litter of pups per year.
What happens to old wolves in the pack?
Beta wolves eat after the alphas and generally do not breed. If a beta wolf wants to breed, he leaves the pack (called dispersing) and becomes a lone wolf. Being a lone wolf is dangerous, as most alpha wolves will kill intruders to protect their pack.
Are Wolves loyal to their pack?
Wolves are fiercely loyal to their pack, they are the ultimate team players. Many sports teams, families and businesses could learn a thing or two from the teamwork that wolves demonstrate. Understand your place, follow the rules and be loyal to your ‘pack’.
How is a wolf pack structure?
A wolf pack has a definite social structure and rules of conduct. The pack leaders are the alpha male and female. These two animals are dominant over all the other wolves in the pack. The female stays in the den nursing and caring for her pups while the other pack members hunt and bring back food for her to eat.