I have always had a very strong fondness for wolves. I have now created a special category for this magnificent creature, to share in their beauty, and to help educate and spread the word about various non-profit organizations dedicated to the wolf. I grew up very near to the Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana, frequently attending their “howl night” – listening to one of the most beautiful sounds on earth. Therefore, it only makes sense that my first wolf post is in their honor. Below is a bit of information about Wolf Park, and a very nice 30 minute news coverage on Wolf Park by Pet Pals TV out of Indianapolis. If you do not have time to watch the video now, please bookmark for later viewing. It is worth it.
Here is more about Wolf Park from their website.
Wolf Park is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and behavioral research which benefits wolves and their canid relatives. The Park maintains free-living ambassador animals in mixed habitats, provides public educational programs and in-depth seminars, hosts researchers from many institutions to conduct behavioral and cognitive research with the wolves, and advocates for the species’ conservation.
Specific aims include:
• To give researchers an opportunity to combine field studies with observations on animals within the park for a better understanding of their social behavior, which they can then use in better understanding what they see in their field studies, and apply in their efforts to determine what the species needs in order to adapt and live well in the wild.
• To establish and maintain representative groups of endangered species along with other animals, with a view of alerting the public to the need for action on their behalf.
• To expand upon our management techniques with mixed habitats of plants and animals and to make this knowledge available to others, especially focusing on the benefits of socialization in captive animal management.
• To develop the most effective means of disseminating the information which we have to the greatest number of people. This means educating them concerning the importance of appreciating the behavior and ecology of animals and how this relates to the general quality of life for humans, both now and in the future. We will do this through events at Wolf Park, publications, presentations off site, and through the internet, among other ways.
• To co-sponsor or cooperate with other groups, agencies, and institutions, both government and private, wherever possible in matters of common interests.
• To reach members of many different populations of people, from young children to high ranking government officials, in an effort to change attitudes towards wolves, wildlife, and wild lands in a profound way that will alter our culture and will help perpetuate these wild animals and habitats long into the future, beyond our individual lifetimes.
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The only place in the world to see wolves and bison interact up close!