These incredible animals are the largest members of the dog family, so you would imagine that they’re popular right?
Sadly, they are so far from it! Although they almost never attack humans, wolves have been portrayed by many people as one of nature’s most fearsome villains. This is mainly down to myths surrounding them, and stories like Little Red Riding Hood or the Three Little Pigs. Werewolves haven’t really helped their image either!
But there’s so much about a wolf that you can’t help but love and respect as a top predator! For a start, there is the iconic howl! It is one of their main ways of communicating, and is used for reasons including attracting the attention of the rest of the pack, territory calls and also when in confrontation with other wolves.
They are also very social! They develop close relationships and strong social bonds, and demonstrate deep affection for their family, even sacrificing themselves to protect the family unit!
The pack is established according to a strict hierarchy, with the dominant male at the top of the pack, and the dominant female not far behind. The omega is the wolf that is at the bottom of the wolf pack hierarchy.
Usually the leading male and female are the only animals of the pack to breed. Packs consist of between five and ten animals – usually offspring from several years. All of a pack's adults help to care for young pups by bringing them food and watching them while others hunt. The hierarchy that exists within each pack is maintained by dominant or submissive body posturing.
Here at Paradise, we have three European Grey Wolves: Misha who is located on the animal park and is 15 years old and Romulus and Inge who are located in our woodland and are both 4. They are brother and sister. All of our Wolves have been with us since they were cubs. Misha came to us from Wildwood and Romulus and Inge came to us from a private collection, all of them were pups when they arrived to us.
At Paradise we support two wolf conservation projects through our charity, Friends of Paradise. By hosting our annual wolf night and our wolf weekends, we are able to raise funds and awareness about the Iberian wolf sanctuary and the Croatian wolf project.
The Iberian wolf sanctuary was set up in 1987 to help rescued wolves that cannot return to the wild. These are wolves that have been kept in bad conditions within captivity or wolves that have been injured in the wild. As well as providing sanctuary, they also carry out scientific studies on wolves in the wild so that we can learn more about these amazing predators.
The Croatian wolf project is set up to help protect wolves living within Croatia. The money raised by Friends of Paradise has been donated towards funding days in the field where conservationists can track the wolves as part of a behavioural study. The funds were also used to help acquire radio collars for the wolves so that scientists can get more of an insight as to how they move around within their territories.
So, if you love wolves as much as we do at Paradise, be sure to join us for our wolf night this Friday night at the park to learn all about them and how together we can preserve one of the worlds most amazing predators!
To book tickets please call Carly on 01992 470490 Ext:236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org