It has been a while since we had time to post a log, but that’s not to say that the wolf care staff haven’t been busy. Since the Center closed as part of the Governor’s plan to reduce the spread of COVID 19, we have been doing the traditional summer preparations to ensure that the wolves are ready for the heat, the insects and the pack dynamics without the anticipated 4-year cycle of pups. To accomplish all of our goals, we install a UV filter system to clear the pond water of algae, high pressure misting systems to cool the wolves, made hundreds of enrichment activities, entered into an agreement with Explore.org to add additional cameras on the Exhibit and now that we are again open to the public, conduct multiple enrichment activities a day. The wolves are all dealing with the summer heat in a variety of ways. Denali seems to dominate time in the den and is often on display on the Explore.org north camera. Denali likes to park himself at the den entrance, keeping the other wolves from entering. Boltz tends to avoid the daytime heat and bugs all together, spending his days resting in the upper enclosure. Axel and Denali are food focused, so anytime there is an enrichment treat, Axel is usually first to arrive. The bonus of having the Explore.org cameras lies in the ability to see the wooded upper enclosure and the back of the main den. Grayson continues to show the most awareness of activity within and outside of the enclosure. He is a frequent howler in response to wild wolves, coyotes, even occasionally his retired neighbor, Grizzer.
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