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The wolf (Canis lupus approx 32 subspecies) is considered the largest of canids, though it has a highly variable size and weight depending on geographical distribution. The wolf has been both highly vilified, hunted until its population reached dangerously low proportions, and yet has now become a celebrated aspect of eco-tourism today.
Wolves are a highly social, pack animal with very large territories which they scent-mark with urine and feces to establish boundary. Packs include an alpha male and female (a monogamous pair who are the only ones to mate), their offspring and sometimes assimilated members. The alpha male and female are the first to eat, and hierarchy is maintained through cues such as physical posturing, facial expression, mountain, crouching, chin-touching, rolling over and biting. Packs - due to their large range - will often howl to re-unite one another, to defend territory, and to increase excitement before a hunt.
Crescent medium weight illustration board, with watercolour pencil, pencil, water-fast fineliner, and acrylic and iridescent paint. 7.4 x 8 inches