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Wolf packs don’t actually have alpha males and alpha females


You may have heard that a wolf pack is led by an alpha pair.

Given this designation, it’s easy to imagine that a pack consists of young adults and older animals in a strict ranking system. You can imagine that relatives, newcomers and challengers are all part of the system. Maybe some of these wolves might challenge the alpha male to take over leadership of the pack?

On the Howstuffworks website, for example, you can read that wolves follow “an incredibly sophisticated group hierarchy”, and that wolves naturally organise themselves in packs for stability and to help each other with hunting. MORE

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