Winter Rules

December 21, 2008

Spring may be the time “a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” but for wolves, the wintertime is when their hormones turn toward making pups. Wolves are always born in the spring, so winter is the time for breeding. That means that this is the time of year that the males and…

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Where the Wild Things Are…

December 17, 2008

Obviously getting to see the wolves is the highlight of a visit to the Center, but every time I head up to the Center I’m looking forward to being surprised by other wildlife sightings. Located in the midst of an area rich with biodiversity, the Wolf Conservation Center and the surrounding land is, or has…

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December 10, 2008

Here’s some recent news about previous topics: BuffaloThe buffalo donated to us after Thanksgiving was cut up and distributed among various SSP wolves and the ambassador wolves. The ambassadors’ reactions to their treats varied a bit. Lukas and Kaila promptly ran off with their shares, but Apache sniffed at the liver and dropped it to…

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WCC Hits the Road!

December 7, 2008

Part of our mission at the Wolf Conservation Center is to let people know that there are simple things we all can do to make the world a better place. Kids at our programs always make great suggestions about what people can do; one of them is often “pick up litter.” Well, we’ve decided to…

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Conservationists Petition for Modern Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan

December 4, 2008

Environmentalists say the federal government’s current plan for re-establishing the Mexican gray wolf in the wild is outdated and legally invalid, and petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday to revise it. This is an area of great concern for the Wolf Conservation Center as we participate in the plan and currently house…

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Otter Nonsense

December 1, 2008

As I’ve mentioned before, we love to give our wolves opportunities for enrichment – experiences that will provide them with interesting sensations or challenges. A few weeks ago when Atka was appearing at the Maritime Aquarium, his handler Rebecca had the great idea of asking our hosts for an item from one of their enclosures…

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Route 22, Where the Buffalo Roam…

November 28, 2008

Since joining the Wolf Conservation Center as a volunteer, I’ve been lucky to see and do a lot of things I never thought I’d experience. Today, driving down Route 22 in the Center’s pickup truck brought yet another situation I never even dreamed of. Sure I’ve driven cars and ridden my bike on various sections…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2008

We want to wish a very happy holiday to all our friends, including visitors to the Center or one of our off-site programs; all those who have donated time, energy and resources to us; and our dedicated volunteers. We have a lot to be thankful for because we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for…

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F836 Update

November 25, 2008

We received some good news from the US Fish and Wildlife Service last week. F836 and M1039 (now referred to as the Moonshine Pack) have chewed their way out of their soft release pen. (Soft release pens are enclosures that give wolves a chance to become acclimated to their new surrounding. Some, such as this…

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Close Encounters of the Weird Kind

November 23, 2008

We’re constantly trying to make sure that our ambassador wolves have interesting experiences. Their enclosures are spacious and have natural varied terrain, but we also try to provide them with enrichment – activities that will challenge and mentally stimulate them. Enrichment can include hiding food in an empty enclosure and then letting the wolves into…

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