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Arctic pride!?

Lobos grises árticos salvajes (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, had white fur, which allowed him to blend into snowy surroundings. To help reduce heat loss, his ears were rounded, he had a shorter muzzle and shorter legs than other gray wolf subspecies. He also had hair between the pads of his feet and long, thick fur to keep him warm in temperatures that were as low as minus 70° Fahrenheit. 

 About Atka

Atka vivió para ser el lobo embajador de mayor edad en el Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), y falleció pacíficamente en septiembre de 2018 a los 16 años. Llegó al WCC desde Minnesota cuando tenía solo 8 días.

The confident and charismatic ambassador won the hearts and opened the minds of hundreds of thousands of people throughout his storied career. 

Atka wasn’t just a luminary in the world of conservation, he was a superstar! Thank you, Atka, for allowing the world to form lasting connections with not only you but your wild kin as well. We will always remember and honor your wild legacy.