Why do wolves howl?
Wolves communicate in a number of ways. They use body language, scent marking and varied vocalization to express themselves. Wolves howl to communicate vocally with over long distances. They can hear one another howl up to 10 miles away in open terrain! Wolves can howl to locate other wolves, advertise the size of their pack or territory, to warn other family members of danger, and more. Just like us, each wolf has a unique voice and when every member of the pack joins in, the individual howls and their harmonies give the listener the impression that pack is larger than it actually is. Ambassador wolf Zephyr has the highest pitch howl in his pack. What do you suppose he’s saying?
Why do wolves howl?
On the morning of May 2, 2015 critically endangered red wolf F1563 (a.k.a. Salty) gave birth to a litter of pups – a valuable contribution to the recovery of her rare and at-risk species. Unbeknownst to F1563, over the past three weeks a global audience has been watching the elusive mother groom and nurse her growing kiddos via live webcam. Enormous thanks to our community of red wolf watchers! They have been a great help to the WCC staff and volunteers by offering eyes and ears when our might be trained elsewhere. Some highlights over this last week include:
- Eyes wide open!
- Pups venturing to the edge of the den entrance
- Mama wolf F1563 welcoming other family members in the den with the pups – One yearling daughter has been enlisted as her favorite puppy-sitter!
Follow the pups’ progress via the LIVE red wolf dencam today!
The Wolf Conservation Center is an environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America through science-based education programming and participation in the federal Species Survival Plans for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. Through wolves the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World.
On Sunday May 17th, Ambassador Wolf Atka turned 13 years old! In his honor, the Wolf Conservation Center invited the community to celebrate Atka and all America’s wolves at a WILD reception featuring special guests U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (and Atka too!) at Winston – a New American restaurant in downtown Mount Kisco, NY!
Winston Executive Chef Michael Williams prepared a special “cake” for the birthday wolf – only the best for a powerful presence in the fight to preserve wolves’ rightful place in the environment!
Howls of thanks Chef Michael and the great Winston team for treating Atka like the amazing creature he is. Happy birthday, Atka. We love you so.
Music: “All That Meat And No Potatoes” by Fats Waller
Ambassador Wolf Atka is a Teenager
Today Ambassador Wolf Atka turns 13 years old! The confident and charismatic ambassador has won the hearts and opened the minds of tens of thousands of people in his 13 years. He’s a powerful presence in the fight to preserve wolves’ rightful place in the environment, and for the Wolf Conservation Center staff and volunteers, the best boss we’ll ever have.
Happy birthday, Atka. We love you so.