We have nine Timber Grey Wolves at the park including seven pups & the park’s favourite Tamaska! Tamaska is our oldest wolf, he was born on the 29th April 2004. Despite his age & the ever growing grey hairs, he keeps our seven pups in line. He is a great role model & teaches them all the do’s and don’ts about being a wolf. When him & other two adult wolves are resting, the pups are up to mischief. They can be found digging holes, pulling off & playing with tree branches, playing chase & play fighting!
Learn more about our Grey Wolves at our daily talk at 12pm (Video talk available instead of our regular talk to ensure social distancing).
Don’t forget to check out our Carnivore Breakfast Experience, an amazing opportunity to be a carnivore keeper for a morning!
Grey wolves can live in most habitats if prey is present and forest settings are ideal.They can be found across remote areas of Canada, Alaska, Northern USA, Europe and Asia.
As carnivorous animals they feed on prey – deer, goats, boar and more, depending on what is accessible.
European Wolves are not as social as American, and packs may only contain 5 – 6 animals. Living as part of a pack enables them to hunt as a team and bring down the larger prey like deer and gorge eat.
Breeding females will give birth to 4 to 7 pups. Their age expectancy in the wild is 7 years but in captivity it is much higher with some reaching 15 years old.
Grey Wolves used to be found throughout much of the northern hemisphere, however today it has a more restricted distribution. Previously the Grey Wolf suffered years of hunting and trapping for fur but recent years legal protection and land use change has helped some populations recover. However some are still persecuted for their reputation as a livestock killer and hunted to extinction (including the UK).
Other main threat is the destruction of the forest habitats.
Wolves have a sense of smell about 100 times greater than humans and can smell other animals up to 1 mile away!