The grey wolf – or Canis lupus – is the only Canis species that is native to both Eurasia and North America. Social animals, wolves hunt in packs and travel in nuclear families of a mated pair and their offspring. They are territorial, too, generally establishing territories far larger than they require to survive. And, as apex predators, only humans and tigers pose a serious threat to wolves, although, of course, in folk memory it is wolves that humans fear. From Russia to India, Mongolia to Germany, Saudi Arabia to Turkey, and of course, in the USA and Canada, Canis lupus and its subspecies, such as the Mexican Wolf, is widely distributed around the globe. Endangered in some parts of the world and protected, their numbers are now increasing in places and they are being reintroduced – or finding their own way – into more locations and countries. With full captions explaining how the species and its subspecies hunts and feeds, rears its young and migrates, and whether it is endangered and protected, Wolves is a brilliant examination in 200 outstanding colour photographs of this fascinating animal.
Tom Jackson is a leading natural history writer based in the United Kingdom. As an author and contributor he has worked on more than 60 books. A zoology graduate from the University of Bristol, he has also worked as a zookeeper and in safari parks in Zimbabwe.