Wolverine

Least concern

Abe and Fiona are the park's two wolverines


Scientific name : Gulo gulo

Where do they live?

In North America and northern Europe.

Did you know?

Not only a chowhound for a name
The wolverine is also known as the glutton, referring to its voracious appetite. But the name used by the Mi'kmaq tribe (a First Nations people indigenous to Canada), Kwi'kwa'ju means "evil spirit". The wolverine has extraordinary capabilities to escape hunters, and if caught, it uses all means necessary to escape. They have an impressive survival instinct.

People often mistake wolverines for bear cubs. It's true that the animal resembles both a bear and a badger. Its fur is thick and water resistant, which helps it withstand the extreme colds of its habitat. They live in the mountains at an elevation of 2,500 m and are accustomed to snow. Their long claws help them climb trees and dig. They are also excellent swimmers!

Weight

10 to 15 kg.

Height

75 to 110 cm.

Distance

They can travel between 60 and 80 km per day!.

Gestation period

30 to 40 days.

Life expectancy

10 years in the wild and up to 15 years in captivity.

Keep up hope

Working against a bad rap

In Canada, they're known as the "most ferocious animal of the Far North". Wolverines suffer from an unjustified bad reputation, and humans have little affection for the animal. They are said to be ill-tempered and to kill more than they need to eat, but in reality, they are playful and curious animals. Let's fight against these misconceptions!