Month: September 2014

Happy Rump Day!

September 17, 2014

What is that spot on Ambassador Wolf Atka’s tail? The violet gland or supracaudal gland is an important gland located on the upper surface of a wolf’s tail. It’s believed to be used for intra-species signalling, scent marking, and perhaps to mark the entrances of wolf dens. It also makes a wolf’s rump that much…

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Ambassador Wolf Nikai Turns Five Months Old

September 13, 2014

 How quickly our the newest member of the Wolf Conservation Center’s Ambassador pack has grown! Remember when he looked like this? Within a month of joining the WCC family the little beast huffed, puffed, and hiccuped his way into hearts of minds of a global audience. He almost “broke the internet!” Nikai isn’t the only…

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Coexistence with Predators Starts With Rewilding Your Heart

September 6, 2014

In a recent interview on NPR, two kayakers describe their encounter with a great white shark off the coast of Massachusetts. In their account of the event it’s essential to note that the two young women didn’t let fear overcome their ability to apply knowledge to a potentially dangerous encounter with a predator. Despite the…

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Washington’s Endangered Wolves Remain the Crosshairs

September 4, 2014

Washington’s wolves were driven to extinction in the early 1900s by a government-sponsored eradication program on behalf of the livestock industry. Since the early 2000s, the animals have started to make a comeback by dispersing into Washington from neighboring Idaho and British Columbia (Canada). They are listed as endangered throughout Washington under state law and…

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Make the School Year a Wild One with Wolves

September 2, 2014

It’s back to school time!  It’s always hard saying goodbye to summer.  Spending more time outdoors in Nature’s playground is essential and something we all can treasure. In order to be wise stewards of the very environment that sustains us, however, education is key. And so is heading back to school! It is environmental education…

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