Den sociale ulv

The social wolf

Wolves are very social animals. They live in packs, and work together to do everything. The pack is extremely important as they help eachother with everything from hunting to taking care of their young.

The wolf pack is a family

Wolves are known to be very social animals, living in closely knit packs of normally 2-8 individuals. The pack is formed by a parent or breeding pair, previously called an alpha pair, and their puppies from 1 or more litters. When a wolf turns 1-3, it will often break out of the pack to find its own territory and a mate, thus forming its own pack. But life as a wolf alone can be tough. They often have to travel very far in their quest, and a very large proportion of these young wolves do not survive.

Masters of body language and cooperation 

The bond between the wolves in the pack is constantly confirmed through their social behavior and extremely well-developed body language. This close bond between the wolves is extremely important when working together in catching large prey or the protection of the wolf pack. Therefore, wolves are equipped with a large arsenal of different signals, some more obvious than others, that they use to communicate with each other. This can be, for example, the position of their ears or tail, the shape of their mouth, if they have open or partially closed eyes, or whether they are walking around with a straight posture or crawling close the ground. All these signals can be composed in a thousand different ways, giving the wolves a very nuanced way of communicating. So nuanced that there are definitely a lot that we humans do not perceive.