Grey Wolf

(Canis lupus)


Deserts, tundra, forests, grasslands, mountains, and plains.


Status: Endangered in California

Wolves have not been permanent residents for nearly 100 years. Then, in 2015, a single pack was discovered on Mount Shasta. Other wolves have also been visiting Northern California from Oregon.


Current Threats

Habitat loss is driving Grey Wolves into areas populated by humans, leading to hunting and depredation by ranchers who see the wolf as a threat to their livestock. Wolves play a key role in keeping ecosystems healthy by controlling overpopulation of wild deer and elk, and supporting the nutritional needs of small mammals, birds, insects, and plants.


Oakland Zoo's Role

We are a proud partner of Keystone Conservation, which aids in the conservation of wolves and other predators in the Northern Rocky Mountains. We also support the California Wolf Center and their efforts to restore wolves to the areas they once roamed.


How Can You Help?

• Contact your government representatives to express your interest in wolf conservation.

• Advocate for lowering the risk of human/predator conflict, especially for ranchers. Some examples may be livestock guardian dogs, fencing, alarms, non-lethal ammunition, or increasing human presence.



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