A wolf’s fur is really important. It helps them survive the harsh elements they face in their environments.
They have two coats – the outer layer, called guard hairs are the ones that protect wolves from the rain, snow, wind, etc. The undercoat is a much softer layer that helps insulate the wolf.1 They also have fur in their ears to protect them.2 A wolf is so well insulated that snow won’t melt when it lands on its fur.
Gray Wolves aren’t just gray but can come in a variety of other colors, like white, black, or tan. The color they end up is determined by three pairs of genes.3
So if Gray Wolves can come in a variety of colors, why do we call them gray wolves? The answer is in the undercoat! Check out our video here or click on the video below!