Wolves are a very active animal and they hunt during the night. During the day, they are relaxed and resting, often with their heads up so they can keep an eye out for danger. They also spend a lot of time guarding their territory from other predators.
At night, wolves are very active again and they hunt for food. They are always looking for a meal and will go after the smallest prey they can find, such as rodents and birds. They also have to watch out for other predators, such as bears and lynx. They will howl to mark their territory or to call their pack members together.
Wolves like to sleep in enclosed spaces, such as dens and caves. They may also sleep in natural shelters on mountain sides, under rock formations, or even just out in the open. It is usually the alpha wolf who will decide where the pack will sleep and the other pack members will abide by that decision.
When they are asleep, wolves will curl up into a ball or they can stretch out a little bit. They will tuck their noses under their tails if it is cold and snuggle up close to their companions. They are very protective of their pups and the weaker members of their pack.
Getting enough sleep is essential for all animals. Wolves need four to 10 hours of sleep a day. It is important to remember that a good night’s sleep includes several stages of sleep, including drowsiness, deep sleep, and REM sleep. Next time you are at CMZoo, be sure to check out the enclosures when it is dark and listen to the wolves howl.