(Gulo gulo)

Least Concern

Length: 66–86cm; Tail: 18–25cm
Weight: 11–18kg.

Wolverines live up to 7 years in the wild but up to 15 years in captivity.

Wolverines are found in isolated areas of Canada, North West USA, Northern Europe and Northern & Eastern Asia. They live in dens amongst roots and rocks or sometimes they dig one into a snow drift.

Their diet mainly consists of meat but Wolverines are mainly omnivores. They are known to eat deer, hares, rodents, birds, eggs, carrion and seasonal fruits.

The wolverine is a powerful animal that resembles a small bear but is actually the largest member of the weasel family.

Animal Facts

  • Male Wolverines are generally approximately one third larger than females.
  • Wolverines are strong, stocky, bear like animals with extremely powerful jaws that can crunch through frozen meat and bone. It has long, dense fur that doesn’t retain much water making it very resistant to frost in the Wolverine’s cold habitat.
  • Wolverines may travel up to 40 miles a day. And tall mountains don’t stop them, even in the middle of winter. They don’t necessarily take the easiest routes, such as passes, through a mountain. Instead, they often go in a straight line, up and over the tall peaks.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens