It’s all going on at our foot safari at the moment! If you’re heading towards the wild trail, get ready for things to get even wilder with the arrival of our Iberian wolves! With this brand new habitat, you’ll have a chance to see the wolves in a whole new way.
When we think of wolves, we often think of fairy-tale villains. The poor wolves have got a really bad rap over the years, but we want to change this. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the great facts you could learn about wolves if you take a visit to our brand new Wolf Country. Let us know if you change your mind about wolves being the bad guys.
- Wolves are the largest member of the dog family
That’s right, wolves are part of the same family as your family pooch. Which is why it’s so surprising that man has taken such a bad view on wolves, while man’s best friend has the run of most of our houses.
- Wolves were once native to the UK before being hunted to extinction
Because wolves were made the villain in many of our stories, people started to fear them. This made them an easy target when placing blame for livestock being killed. This persecution lead to wolves being hunted, poisoned and trapped, to extinction in many places, including the UK.
- Smell plays an important role in wolf communication
A wolf can identify individual members of their pack just by each wolf’s natural odour. They even mark their territory with scent.
- Only the lead male and female of a pack will breed
A family of wolves is called a pack and can include males, females and cubs. However, it’s only the lead male and the lead female who will breed.
- Wolves communicate within their pack using body language
A wolf will express itself using posture, facial expressions and tail position. With minuscule movements wolves can communicate a whole range of different emotions and directions.
- Wolves work as a team to hunt large animals like deer
Wolf packs are actually incredibly important for maintaining their environment and protecting the habitat. By controlling populations of animals like deer and wild boar, plants, birds and other animals can thrive, balancing the bio-diversity.
So what do you think of wolves now? Are they still the fairy-tale villain or are they more ‘man’s best friend’? Maybe you need a little more convincing, well don’t worry, we’ve got more evidence and activities for you to discover at Wolf Country to give you a better insight into the world of wolves. So come along for a safari adventure and sign up to our newsletter for all the updates on our new exhibits.