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Ambassador Wolves

Wolves have been demonized and misunderstood for much of human history. Because wolves are highly politicized animals, common misconceptions about wolves can cause real harm. Helping to correct misinformation is an effective way to help wolves.  The Wolf Conservation Center's (WCC) three Ambassador wolves help open the door to understanding what wolves really are.  Alawa, Zephyr, and Nikai inspire our guests onsite in South Salem, NY and inspire thousands more around the world via live webcams.

Alawa

Alawa (meaning "sweetpea" in Algonquin, and pronounced "ai-lay-ewa) is brown and gray and her temperament matches her name. She and her litter-mate, Zephyr (meaning "light or west wind"), were born on April 20 and arrived at the WCC on May 27.
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Alawa and litter-mate Zephyr were born on April 20, 2011 and arrived at the WCC on May 27 of that year. Together, with younger brother Nikai (Born April 2014), the wolves live on exhibit to help WCC guests best understand and appreciate the importance and plight of their wild kin.

At first glance, Alawa comes across as dainty and demure compared to her rambunctious brothers. Watch her for a while, and you’ll notice she’s often dominating her brothers with impressive moves while rough-housing. Although Zephyr is the self-appointed leader of the family expressing his status with erect posture and tail carried high. It’s possible that Alawa holds the same position in the family, albeit covertly. She’s mastered the art of avoiding conflict and securing what she wants to satisfy her needs.

Among all the wolves residing at the WCC, Alawa wears the badge of "Laziest howler." Her "Laziest Wolf Howls" video series is guaranteed to make viewers smile!

Support Alawa

The wolves at the Center are supported entirely by people like you. Your interest and participation are essential, and there are many levels of sponsorship.  Show your love and support by purchasing a symbolic adoption today!

Friend ($25.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio & 1 year of periodic email updates (Digital Only);
Sponsor ($55.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio, 1 year of periodic email updates & a stuffed toy;
Guardian ($100.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio, 1 year of periodic email updates & a tote bag;
Steward ($500.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio, 1 year of periodic email updates, a stuffed toy, tote bag and a hat;

Zephyr

Zephyr (meaning "light or west wind") is a beautiful black male with a prominent nose and a feisty personality. He and litter-mate Alawa were born on April  20, 2011 and arrived at the WCC on May 27 of that year. Together, with younger brother Nikai (Born April 2014), the wolves live on exhibit to help WCC guests best understand and appreciate the importance and plight of their wild kin.
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Zephyr is the self-appointed leader of the family - expressing his status with erect posture and tail carried high. Most of the time younger brother  Nikai exhibits his lower position through submissive/puppy-like behavior. With lowered tail and posture, he acknowledges his role and rank in the family hierarchy. He is often pawing, tucking his tail, and licking the muzzles of his siblings - some of the natural submissive gestures expressed by less dominant wolves.

During WCC education programs, Zephyr is a natural crowd pleaser, happy to howl with the slightest prompting. His engaging personality helps Zephyr earn an impressive number of fans!

Support Zephyr

The wolves at the Center are supported entirely by people like you. Your interest and participation are essential, and there are many levels of sponsorship.  Show your love and support by purchasing a symbolic adoption today!

Friend ($25.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio & 1 year of periodic email updates (Digital Only);
Sponsor ($55.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio, 1 year of periodic email updates & a stuffed toy;
Guardian ($100.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio, 1 year of periodic email updates & a tote bag;
Steward ($500.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio, 1 year of periodic email updates, a stuffed toy, tote bag and a hat;

Nikai

Nikai (meaning “Little Saint” or One Who Wanders”) is a tan and gray wolf who joined the Wolf Conservation Center family in May of 2014. The WCC‘s youngest Ambassador has been an inspiration from his adorable start.
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Nikai lives on exhibit with his older siblings, Zephyr and Alawa, where they help forge a connection between WCC guests and their wild kin.

The WCC‘s youngest Ambassador has been an inspiration from his adorable start. Within a month of joining the WCC family, the little beast huffed, puffed, and hiccupped his way into the hearts and minds of a global audience. His viral video “Wolf Pup Hiccups” almost broke the internet!.

As an important part of the Ambassador Pack, the stunning ambassador continues to awe WCC guests and help open the door to understanding the importance and plight of America's most misunderstood predators. Although he remains a “ladies man,” having yet to completely outgrow his uneasiness around men, his trepidation is natural and his behavior offers WCC guests a glimpse of how elusive wolves naturally are.

Support Nikai

The wolves at the Center are supported entirely by people like you. Your interest and participation are essential, and there are many levels of sponsorship.  Show your love and support by purchasing a symbolic adoption today!

Friend ($25.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio & 1 year of periodic email updates (Digital Only);
Sponsor ($55.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio, 1 year of periodic email updates & a stuffed toy;
Guardian ($100.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio, 1 year of periodic email updates & a tote bag;
Steward ($500.00) – receive a certificate of adoption, 8″x10″ photo, wolf bio, 1 year of periodic email updates, a stuffed toy, tote bag and a hat;