Take a walk on the wild side to find our canids, or canines. Get up close and personal with our gray wolves. Spot a red fox, master of camouflage.
You might even catch a howl or two.
WHAT: Despite the name, the gray wolf’s coat can range from almost pure white to black. WHERE: Forest and tundra, wilderness in Northern U.S. and Alaska, Europe and Asia. SIZE: Length 4.5-6.5 ft.; height 32-34 in.; weight 75-110 lbs. EATS: Large and small mammals. BABIES: Breeding from January-April. After a 2-month pregnancy, the female gives birth to a litter of 2-11 pups weighing about 1 pound. STATUS: Endangered. FUN FACTS: Wolves live and hunt in a pack that is structured socially in class layers, with an alpha male and female at the top. The alpha female is the only one to give birth.
Wolves communicate visually in sophisticated ways, using body posture, facial expressions and tail positions. Audible communication is the howl, which bonds the pack, helps them reassemble and is sometimes just for play.
Wolves are naturally wary of humans and prefer to flee or avoid them if possible
WHAT: Red foxes look like a small dog, with a reddish-yellow coat, bushy white-tipped tails. They can also be black, silver or a red-silver cross. WHERE: Forest and open country throughout northern hemisphere. SIZE: Length 22-25 in.; height 13-35 in.; weight 10-15 lbs. EATS: Insects to small mammals, also berries and other plants. BABIES: After a 63-day pregnancy the female gives birth to pups in March or April. STATUS: Secure. FUN FACTS: Foxes usually hunt alone for small prey.
Like other canids, foxes communicate through sounds as well as scent-markings. Their vocalizations range from aggressive yapping and howls (young males) to soft whimpers and barks (vixens and pups).
Pups are usually born in burrows or rock dens, and remain there for about a month after they are born.
Will the wolves be howling tonight? If you look to the sky tonight, you will see the first full moon of 2020. The full moon in January is traditionally known as the “Full Wolf Moon.” According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the names for full moons come from a number of places, including Native American groups, colonial Americans or other traditional North American names passed down through generations. The name of the January moon is derived from wolves, which tend to howl more often in the winter months. It was thought the wolves howled due to their hunger; however, there’s …
With under two weeks until Christmas, staff at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are as busy as Santa’s elves creating unique holiday gifts for the animals. The weekend after Christmas, Dec. 28 and Dec. 29, is “Winter Wildland” at Northwest Trek. At the annual event, animals will be given their holiday-themed treats and gifts, known as “enrichments.” Enrichments are created to challenge animals’ brains and bodies, providing them with the environmental stimuli necessary for their well-being. “During Winter Wildland, our keepers create festive themed enrichments that are made from materials that our animals do not have the chance to interact with …
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s three gray wolves were given a clean bill of health at their triennial exams last week. “Tala weighs 39.1 kilograms or about 86 pounds,” said head veterinarian, Dr. Allison Case. On average, gray wolves weigh 75 to 110 pounds. That meant 7-year-old Tala, a gray wolf with a white coat, was already on the right track to a healthy doctor’s appointment. Dr. Case made sure Tala’s exam was as comfortable as possible. She put down a warm blanket, gave her eye drops and sprayed her tongue with water. “It’s all about the …