Wolf

Canis lupus

Wolves are the largest members of the dog family. Grey wolves are by far the most common and were once found all over the Northern Hemisphere. They have grey-brown fur with lighter fur on their chest and legs, pointed ears and a thick, bushy tail. In winter they have very thick coats to keep them warm. They are the size of a large Alsatian, but can blend in very well with their surroundings. In the wild they hunt in a pack, running long distances to exhaust their prey - usually deer. Wolves and humans have a long adversarial history. Though they almost never attack humans, wolves are considered one of the animal world's most fearsome natural villains. They do attack domestic animals, and countless wolves have been shot, trapped, and poisoned because of this tendency. Wolves were hunted to extinction in the England by the 15th Century, and Scotland by the 17th Century. The wolves at Wildwood are split into two groups, our wild pack and our hand-reared wolves. You can see the wolf pack best from the wolf viewing platform. The pack often lounges in the sun on their own platform opposite. The hand-reared wolves were born to the wolf pack but rescued when their den became flooded. They had to spend so long with people whilst their den was fixed, they could not be returned to the pack. They will often come to the edge of their enclosure and wag their tails to see visitors. However, do not be fooled by their dog-like appearance. Although raised by humans, they are still wolves at heart and not domesticated.

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