Anonymous asked:
hi could you give me any information on yukon wolves?? i can't find much of anything anywhere.

Hi, sure! Anything specific you want to know? (Before I start to sum up everything a simple Google search provides)

Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) by Will Burrard-Lucas

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Anonymous asked:
I was wondering if wolves in Wolf Parks get real cakes or special meat cakes, you know, if they're celebrating something, there are videos and photos of caretakers giving wolves pieces of cake. Is it real cake with cream and such?

The cakes and pies they give to the wolves look like “human” cakes, but consist out of eatable stuff that’s okay for wolves. Usually just meat or egg cakes, but sometimes something fancier like carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, or pumpkins stuffed with piggy ears, or peanut butter fruit icecream… basically treats made of anything edible for wolves!





Anonymous asked:
Thank you so much for reply,and for hope. I feel a lot better now. Maybe I souldn't give up this easily,I reckon.I get why facilities like this aren't willing to allow such visits, but to answer theangry-vegan: this wolf cannot be released anyway,and they tried to get her used to people from the pup. Still it was rude what he said to me, because it sounded like I can't be interested in wolves if I don't have biology degree: assuming I know nothing. It's great you understand me and feel the same.

Glad you’re feeling better again :) Good luck with whatever is next!

Playing wolf pups by Bud Marschner

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Arctic wolf pup (Canis lupus arctos) by Gary’s Photos

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theangry-vegan asked:
To the anon: As someone who works at a wildlife rehabilitation center, I can tell you they get requests like this EVER DAY. In most places, it is illegal to let the public see/observe the animals on a daily basis, because it makes the animals very used to people and unable to be released. Please don't be discouraged by this organization, as they could have been much kinder, but maybe try to look for a sanctuary, where wolves are free to act like wolves, but do not have to have the same fear of

theangry-vegan said:

of humans as a wild animals needs to have. Best of luck! xx

Aww no bby!

I can imagine an animal resque facility isn’t the perfect spot for you to start, since they most of the time are extremely busy and are having an enormously hard time to maintain themselves. They most likely very often get similar requests from people, and since it doesn’t directly benefits their facility, they are compelled to say no - especially because people often aren’t very serious and dedicated. Still, that absolutely doesn’t justify his rudeness. I’m very sorry to hear he treated you that way.

If this really is the only place for you to see/study wolves, maybe you can propose a plan of you doing voluntary work for them and in exchange they can teach you something on wolves or whatever you’d want. This way you show you are serious about your goal and they will probably not write you off immediately.

If this doesn’t work, you could still go to one of their educational days and approach and talk to different people from the organisation there.

I know how you feel - I live in The Netherlands, there haven’t been any wild wolves here for over 150 years and there are no wolf centers or sanctuaries. I too have nowhere to start getting “serious” about my passion for wolves without any degrees in biology or whatsoever. But please don’t give up with just one setback. There are many practicable ways ahead, I promise! If there are wolf centers, parks or sanctuaries close to where you live (or in another country?), maybe you can visit, volunteer or even internship there - much better options than this one rescue facility. I know there are a lot of options to do so in Europe!

To answer your questions whether all people who work in the wolf science field in general see people like us as "wolfaboos"; definitely not! Although I can understand (note: understand, not agree) the outlook of the man you spoke with. The wolf is the animal that we people have the most extreme and divergent feelings for. People are rarely neutral on the issue - we either deeply hate it or intensely love the wolf. We all like to interfere with its future and we have very strong opinions on that. A lot of people tend to feel like they know what’s best for the wolf, despite their huge lack of knowledge on the wolf (and/or wildlife in general). Their interference and meddling on this issue has been a pain in the ass of wolf scientists for a long, long time - especially because wolf scientists often have to listen to what the public wants, while the public doens’t know at all what’s best for the wolf. It’s understandable they’re fed up with that.

Long story short: I think some people who work in the wolf science field are a bit wary and at first assume you’re one of those meddling people who think they know better, or a “wolfaboo” who thinks working with wolves means cuddling with them 24/7. I bet that when you show them you are determined and prove them wrong on this, they’ll be happy to share their knowledge with you!

I hope you’re a little calmed down by now and realised that guy was just a douchebag that’s not worthy of your time and see that this is not the end of the world. Don’t let them get you! Big wolf hugs xxxx

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By pe_ha45

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Iberian Wolf by Jaime San Roman Villalon

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Ravens and wolves form social attachments with each other and take huge advantage of each other.

Both animals eat meat. When wolves killed a prey, ravens eat from the left over cadaver and scavenge it. Also, ravens lead wolves to preys or cadavers. The ravens fly and the wolves follow. Ravens also alert wolves to dangers.

They also play with each other. For example the ravens dive at the wolves and then speed away or peck their tails to try to get the wolves to chase them, or wolf cubs chasing after teasing ravens.

Dr. L. David Mech wrote in ‘The Wolf: The Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species’: "It appears that the wolf and the raven have reached an adjustment in their relationships such that each creature is rewarded in some way by the presence of the other and that each is fully aware of the other’s capabilities."

Also very interesting: Bernd Heinrich wrote in ‘Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds’: "Ravens can be attracted to wolf howls. The wolves’ howls before they go on a hunt, and it is a signal that the birds learn to heed. Conversely, wolves may respond to certain raven vocalizations or behavior that indicate prey. The raven-wolf association may be close to a symbiosis that benefits the wolves and ravens alike. At a kill site, the birds are more suspicious and alert than wolves. The birds serve the wolves as extra eyes and ears."

Some videos: 
Raven Dances with Wolf Pup
Ravens taking a bath in the snow after stealing food from wolves
Crow teasing a wolf

(Picture by Michael S. Nolan)


Three wolf pups fell asleep in front of their den 

Picture by Daniel Cox, scanned from the book ‘Wolves’ by Daniel Wood 

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