Born: May 17, 2002 Height: 32”
Color: Sable with markings Weight: 80-90 lbs.
Atka is the oldest ambassador wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC). He arrived at the WCC from Minnesota when he was just 8 days old. He was raised by the WCC staff, volunteers, ambassador wolves and Eno. Eno was the WCC’s resident German Shepherd and ambassador wolf nanny. On July 5th, 2005 we were forced to say goodbye to our friend Eno, he passed away at the age of 12. Atka lived with Apache, Kaila and Lukas as a member of the ambassador family until the age of three. At this age, Atka began to challenge Apache for his leadership (alpha) position in the pack. This is natural behavior as most wild wolves disperse from their natal packs between the age or 2 and 3 years old to establish their own families. In December of 2005, we helped Atka disperse to his new home, a brand new enclosure adjacent to his old family.
Wild Arctic gray wolves (Canis lupus arctos) live primarily in the Arctic, the region located above 67° north latitude. The land is covered with snow and ice for most of the year, except for a brief period during the summer. Arctic wolves have adapted well to this icy environment. Atka, like his wild counterparts, has white fur, allowing him to blend into snowy surroundings. To help reduce heat loss, his ears are rounded, he has a shorter muzzle and shorter legs than other gray wolf subspecies. He also has hair between the pads of his feet and long, thick fur to keep him warm in temperatures that as low as minus 70° Fahrenheit.
Atka is our best “wolf teacher” and the worst wolf representative! Atka is our only ambassador wolf who likes to travel. Atka embraces new faces and places making him a great educator and unlike most wolves. In 2012, Atka visited almost 160 schools, nature centers, museums and libraries helping people learn about the importance of his wild “brothers and sisters”. With the mission to educate people about wolves, their relationship in the environment and the human role in protecting their future, the WCC family thanks Atka for his valued service. You never know, Atka may be in your neck of the woods soon!
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