If you’re preparing to visit our amazing new Wolf Country habitat on the Foot Safari, get ready here! We’ve got wolf facts, the truth about some wolf myths and we’ll give you all the knowledge you need before you meet our wolves face-to-face.
Wolves in folklore are often given names that reflect their character, whether that is fierce, regal or kind. So what would your name be? Find out here!
Are wolves dangerous or caring? Aggressive or protective? Separate the facts from the fiction with our mythbuster!
Wolves have a strong fear of humans. In fact, they are wary of most predators. They will actively avoid confrontation wherever possible. Attacks on humans are incredibly rare and you'd actually find it difficult or impossible to spot a wolf in the wild.
As with all predators, wolves kill solely for food for themselves and the pack. The idea that wolves kill for sport comes from the common discovery of carcasses which have been killed and abandoned. But the real reason for this is that wolves can be easily scared away from a kill by other predators.
Wolves howl for a wide variety of reasons, including to assemble their pack, attract a mate, mark territory, scare off enemies, signal alarm, or communicate their position. They also howl when they’re yawning and stretching after a long sleep. It’s also believed that the howl is used to confuse enemies and prey - its audio properties are able to make it sound like there’s a large pack stalking prey when in fact there may only be two or three wolves.
In fact there is evidence that wolves can bring benefits to the environment. In Yellowstone National Park in the US, elk were eating tree saplings before they mature, and it was having a devastating effect, so wolves were reintroduced to move the elk away from the new trees, helping them to grow and boost other species living there.
Wolf populations are not large enough to have a serious impact on herds at a national level in any of the countries where they still roam wild. However, individual farmers can experience problems if they have a large pack in their area, or their farmland crosses over a number of territories as wolves don’t spread their feeding evenly across herds.