June 28, 2016

Public invited to vote for names of arctic wolf pups!

Minneapolis – The International Wolf Center’s new arctic wolf pups are about to find out their names. After receiving more than 1,900 nominations last week, the Center has narrowed it down to three finalists for each pup. The public is being invited to vote on their favorite names before 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, July 1, by visiting the Center’s website:

The finalist names for wolf pup 1 are: Axel, Peary and Matteo; and for wolf pup 2 are: Hawthorne, Hudson and Grayson.

“It’s a fun opportunity for people to help the pups,” said Rob Schultz, executive director. “Nominations have been pouring in from all parts of the world, and we’ve been quite impressed with the creativity and thought that people have put forward.”

Since arriving from Canada on May 25th, visits to the Center’s website and YouTube live video streaming have spiked from people wanting to see the pups and watch them grow.

“It’s fascinating to watch them develop,” said Schultz. “Every day, we are seeing new behaviors emerge – just like biologists observe in the wild.”

Arctic wolves live north of the Arctic Circle and survive in some of the most extreme conditions on earth. The new pups at the Center are expected to transition quickly from the dark fur they were born with to pure white coats by the end of the summer. It’s estimated that there are less than 100 arctic wolves in captivity.

“Adding arctic pups allows us to teach people about another subspecies of wolves – one that people would never see in the wild. Visitors will see the pups growing very quickly, nearly a pound per day,” Wolf Curator Lori Schmidt said.

The pups receive around-the-clock care at the Center until early August, at which time they will join adult wolves in the ambassador pack enclosure. Staff and trained volunteers conduct an intense socialization process for the pups to ensure their long-term health and safety.

Viewers can see the pups in action via the Center’s live pup cam as well as attend a live pup webinar this Thursday at 6 p.m. that will provide an update and overview of the pups’ development and behaviors.

Voting closes Friday, July 1 at 11:59 p.m. CST. The winning names for the arctic wolf pups will be announced on Monday, July 11, at 10 p.m. CST. One entry per email address.

THE INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER was founded in 1985, and is known worldwide as the premier source for wolf information and education. The mission of the Center is to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.

The Center educates through its website, its ambassador wolves, museum exhibits, outreach programs, International Wolf magazine, and an interpretive center in Ely, Minnesota.