Monday, September 18, 2017

Paws first

Saturday morning Jen and I got up early and headed to find a place to eat.  We ended up at the Chocolate Moose for breakfast.  I had eggs, ham, hash browns and cranberry wild rice toast.

The International Wolf Center was our first stop as they opened the earliest.

Wolf sculpture

Wolf Sculpture

International Wolf Center

Jen at the Wolf Center.  It is her birthday today!  A number of years ago she was born  and once reaching 40 she declared she was going backwards instead of forward… Happy Birthday Jen!  Thank you for the adventure!

The International Wolf Center is an educational center, they understand that there is much controversy about wolves. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. 

There were only four other people in the viewing room at various times.  The wolves were out the entire time we were there.  They have a 1 1/2 acre enclosure.  All photos were taken from inside through the glass.

They have five wolves on display and two wolves in a retirement area who are not viewed except on camera.

Wolf  largest one

A Northwestern Gray Wolf this guy is the largest wolf his name is Denali. He is one impressive wolf.

Timber wolf

Great Plains Wolf or Timber Wolf…the kind we have here in Minnesota. This is Boltz born in 2012.  He was more standoffish than the other wolves.

waiting wolves

Arctic Wolves these two are characters they are young and playful. They were born in May of 2016 in captivity in Canada. They are brothers Axel and Grayson.  (Boltz in the background.)

Aiden

The other Northwestern Gray Wolf Aidan who was born in 2008. Aiden is the leader of the pack.

All of the wolves are males and they have all been neutered.

Artic Wolves stiring up mischief

The Arctic Wolves playing. In this photo you can see how the wolves vary in color.

Wolves 2 artic 1 Timber wolf 2 North West Wolves

Arctic, Timber and Northwestern wolves. 

I really enjoyed watching the wolves and learning a bit more about them.  Did you know they only eat once a week?   At the Center they eat deer…road killed deer.  We were fortunate to see them, one of the volunteers said many people don’t see them at all as they are elsewhere in the enclosure.

Next stop in Ely Minnesota is Claws!

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15 comments:

  1. Wow, you got some great shots of the wolves.

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  2. Those are some awesome shots of the wolves. Happy Birthday to Jen.

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  3. Happy birthday, Jen, and thank you for the great pictures of the wolves. What fascinating creatures. :-)

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  4. They look so nice and I'm so afraid of seeing one in my yard (I have little dogs).

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  5. What a great place to visit, love wolves. I want to thank you for recommending And Every Morning Home Gets Longer and Longer. I read it yesterday, such a sad, beautiful little book.

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  6. Wow - such beautiful creatures!

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  7. You are so lucky to see them. Nice photos.

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  8. Wow, even better than I'd hoped! Can't wait til Claws!

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  9. Oh, I love wolves! How wonderful that they were right there for you to see that day. Great pictures! :)

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  10. Happy birthday to Jen. My "baby" turns 40 this year and he has declared that he's staying at that number.
    That Wolf center is very interesting. Something I wouldn't mind visiting one day.

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  11. I love wolves! That first one, Denali, is so beautiful! Happy Birthday, Jen!

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  12. I've seen them once in the wild...a few miles east of Banff.

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  13. Awesome! What a great adventure you 2 are on!

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