Of Pigs and Pregnancies

Scrabble learns weave poles

Wolf Park isn’t just about wolves. We believe in responsible care and respect for every species. This past weekend, a group of trainers had their chance to experiment and get to know many unique animals.

Welcome to ‘Fantastic Beasts and how to Train Them’ where trainers from all ages and backgrounds practiced their skills with guinea pigs, foxes and coyotes. Working one-on-one with the smaller animals, and through the fence with the bigger ones, seminar participants built relationships and trained behaviors.

Mancala runs a series of obstacles

Training is all about trust. Getting to know the guinea pigs and assuring them that humans were not cavy-eating monsters was step one. Our guinea pig subjects were brought to us from Dr. Julia Becker’s guinea pig rescue and came from a combination of good and bad homes. By the end of day one, even the most human-wary had learned trainers were delightful food dispensers.

What does one do with trained guinea pigs? Agility of course! Guinea pigs can be trained on a-frames, weave poles, jumps, tunnels, stationing and more. Our pigs learned a great deal in a short time and we hope their time socializing with us will help them get adopted. Several have already found forever homes!

Timber in a family way

Timber Updates
Timber is fattening up nicely and we’re expecting puppies very soon! She’s moved into the main enclosure where she will stay while the pups are young. She is working on her den out on the island.

Wotan is visiting regularly to assist with puppy preparations. He is concerned Timber isn’t eating enough and spends his time digging up food and bringing it to her. He’s tried regurgitation too. He even regurgitated for his brother. Timber ignored him. Wolfgang rolled in it.

For humans to visit the puppies on the island requires a boat. The staff pulled out the boat to see if it was ship-shape for its sea voyage. Timber tore the covers off the seats and gleefully rolled on them.

Upcoming Events
April 8 – Easter Party 1-5pm
April 22 – 23 – 45th Anniversary Weekend
May 6 – The Animals’ Birthday Party 1-5pm

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The Adventure of the Plush Cthulhu

d117213d4485ca0f56d8c40b41285320Once upon a time, I was a child, and I read fantastic tales of the secret lives of stuffed animals.  There are many such tales in THE LITERATURE, that repository of news, history, research, rumor, wonder tales, and drollery, as well as RECEIVED WISDOM FROM THE ANCIENT AND RESPECTED ELDERS.  Usually these stories consist of tales of derring-do, facing one’s fears, and altruistic deeds (see THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, for example).   There are also blood curdling tales, the stuff of nightmares.  One such tale whispers of Cthulhu, an immensely powerful, dead (or undead, or possibly unalive) entity from beyond the stars.  Cthulhu is said to be ageless (does this go with being dead?), indestructible, and to have a house in R’lyeh where he lies dreaming, when not driving hordes of hapless victims to gibbering madness and self-destruction.  These tales can be discovered in various portions of L-Space.*

plush-cthulhuThen, wandering around the internet, I came across a tale of plush Cthulhu.  As I read it (warning: it is profusely illustrated), my hair made a herculean effort and, bursting open its barrette, each particular hair stood on end, reaching straight up to the ceiling.  Dread Cthulhu is able to take on a disturbingly cute plushy form! It can invade stuffed animal land!  A dangerous and rare specimen!  I had to have one!  What could possibly go wrong?? Under the influence of this horror story, I procured a plush Cthulhu of my very own.  Usually the squishy-soft Sleeper of R’lyeh dangles from my bookshelf, in a state of somnolence, or perhaps suspended animation.  Lest hunger pangs awaken it, I occasionally sacrifice small stuffed animals – it was slowly savoring and absorbing a grippy koala as recently as last week.

Then, this morning, arriving early at the park for wolf watch with participants in the Fantastic Beasts and How To Train Them Seminar, I got a frantic call from Kimber.  Normally Kimber would be out of town on weekends at this time of year.  It is tax season, when she lives a double life: a dedicated fox curator during the week, but morphing into a superhero on the weekend, helping law-abiding citizens keep at bay the descendants of Erik the Awful, who work as special agents for the Destroying Angel Repossession Company (a.k.a. the I. R. S.).   This weekend, though, she was here helping with the seminar.

Her call sent ice through the marrow of my bones.   Though I could have sworn I left my office door securely latched last night, somehow Plush Cthulhu had wakened and gotten out.  Worse, so had Gypsum.  They were facing off in the Fox Garden.  Neither of them was likely to back down, since they are much of a size.  Tentacles abristle, Dread Plush Cthulhu spread his wings in the wan and sickly morning sun.  His pale shadow was vaster than it should be.  (Kimber estimated the shadow’s wingspan was a good 24 inches wide.)  But Gypsum, at whose approach wolves (or at least Kanti) panic and flee, was undaunted.  His tail ploofed into a mighty plume, and, with eyes aflame, Gypsum whiffled through the tulgey garden, disdaining to burble as he came.  The two rushed upon each other and Gypsum’s teeth went snicker-snack as he seized the eldritch horror from beyond the stars and rent it asunder.  He left Cthulhu dead (possibly – further confirmation is required) and with its head he responded to Kimber’s calls, and went galumphing back into the airlock of the fox habitat.  He carried the head around and around, no doubt looking for a battlement to set it on, as a trophy display.  Kimber watched for the right moment and, distracting him with a road killed squirrel, purloined the loathsome, fluffy head of Cthulhu.  (It has button eyes which may not be safely swallowed by small children or animals – parents and zookeepers beware!)

Gypsum LicksThe rest of the day was frabjous.  Kimber and the Interns danced and sang Callooh! Callay! as they set about cleaning up the spilled ichor that sprayed and spurted from defeated Cthulhu when Gypsum unseamed him from nave to chaps.  Gypsum spent the rest of the day looking beamish, and basking, with a squirrel bulge in his belly.  He could not be bothered to get up and do training or threaten any wolves out for a stroll on the Loup Trail.

In the end we cannot say whether dread Cthulhu is undeniably and reliably dead, or indestructible, or capable of being permanently de-constructed, as when ripped asunder by our redoubtable Gypsum, but one thing is certain:  Even if he can’t be killed, dread plush Cthulhu can be put to grave inconvenience!

(Dread Cthulhu promises to resume Sleeping-in-R’lyeh services shortly.  In the meantime, please enjoy this retelling of The Call of Cthulhu, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss.)


* L-space, short for library-space, is the ultimate portrayal of Pratchett’s concept that the written word has powerful magical properties on the Discworld, and that in large quantities all books warp space and time around them. The principle of L-space revolves around a seemingly logical equation; it is an extension of the ‘Knowledge is Power’:

Books = Knowledge = Power = (Force x Distance^2) ÷ Time.

Large quantities of magical and mundane books create portals into L-space that can be accessed using innate powers of librarianship that are taught by the Librarians of Time and Space to those deemed worthy across the multiverse. Because libraries with enough books to open a portal are often large and sprawling, those venturing into L-space may not necessarily know that they have arrived. The floor and ceiling of L-space follow the floor and ceiling of the library used to access it; the best example of this is that the central dome of Unseen University‘s library is “always overhead” (Guards! Guards! – all quotes in this article come from this book). In every direction and as far as the eye can see bookshelves stretch off, meaning the nature of any walls are unknown.

Librarian ReadingAlternatively, it can be said that L-space manifests in our world in those obscure, hidden bookstores that, logic and the laws of physics insist, cannot possibly be as large on the outside as they appear on the inside. Somehow, after scraping one’s shoulders against the improbably small door, one finds one’s self turning one unseen corner after another, seemingly going on forever into further and more obscure sections as yet unobserved by human eyes. The town of Hay-on-Wye, known for having more bookshops per square mile than anywhere else in the world, contains many examples of this, and may be a substantial access point to L-space. Essentially, all bookstores are potentially infinite in extent; gateways into literary hyperspace: “[a] good bookshop is just a genteel black hole that knows how to read.”

Because L-space links every library, it is possible to reach any one of these throughout space, time and the multiverse. This means that there are potentially other forms of data storage other than books as it represents every library anywhere. Additionally, one can read any book ever written, any book that will be written at some point and books that were planned for writing that were not, as well as any book that could possibly be written. The first Reader in Invisible Writings was Ponder Stibbons, whose job it was to get Hex to trawl virtually through L-space (which involved a huge amount of simultaneous spell-casting, beyond the ability of any human wizard) looking for fragments of these possible books.

Citation: http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/L-space  (Note: the usual caveats, about not ending your search for knowledge with the various wiki databases, but going on to search out the original manuscripts on which they base their changing and repeatedly edited publications. If there is any chance you will wander into L-Space during your search, it is well to carry a pack containing (but not limited to) some trail mix, a bottle of water, fresh socks, matches, a canoe paddle, and perhaps a transformer tool.  Be sure  you know where your towel is.  Keep calm and carry on, or, for any wolves, foxes, and coyotes reading this article, keep calm and carrion.


With apologies to William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, H. P. Lovecraft, and Sir Terry Pratchett**, and a tip of the hat to Frank Baum, Ray Stevens, and Douglas Adams**.

**Whom we hope would all be mildly tickled.

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Meet the 45th Anniversary Speakers

The 45th Anniversary Fundraiser Weekend is coming soon! April 22 and 23 are shaping up to be amazing days. We are delighted with the response we’ve gotten on our requests for donations and speakers. We have some incredible people lined up to talk wolves, dogs and Wolf Park’s history. Who will you see at Wolf Park this weekend? Check them out.neimeyer

Carter Niemeyer is a retired Wolf Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in Idaho. He assisted with the restoration of the grey wolf to the Northern Rockies region of the United States. He is the author of ‘Wolfer‘ and ‘Wolf Land’. Niemeyer will be speaking on Saturday afternoon and is our key-note speaker for the evening dinner.

burghardtGordon Burghardt is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee with a special interest in Comparative Behavior and Ethology. He is the author of ‘The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits’. Burghardt was a friend and colleague of Park founder, Erich Klinghammer. Burghardt will be speaking Saturday morning.



Ken McCort is the owner of ‘Four Paws’ training center in Doylestown, Ohio. He has been training animals full-time since 1986. He has done training seminars around the world and is very popular in Japan. McCort has been training with Wolf Park’s animals for decades and has hosting many interactive seminars here. McCort will be speaking on Sunday and demonstrating his training techniques with the coyotes.


Alan Beck is a Comparative Pathobiology professor and Director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University in Indiana. He is the author of numerous research articles. Beck will be speaking Saturday afternoon.



Adrian Wydeven is the coordinator of the Timber Wolf Alliance, a retired wildlife biologist for the Wisconsin DNR and the coauthor of ‘Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region of the United States: An Endangered Species Success Story’. Wydeven will be conducting two different talks on Saturday and Sunday.

Check out our Schedule of Events page for speaking engagement times and more exciting activities! We’re still adding things as more people and performers confirm their interest so keep checking back. We can’t wait to see all of you there!

Animal Updates
Timber is looking very round! We still have a few weeks before we can expect to see puppies but we’re watching 17619276_10154445317642514_575188154_nclosely. During the last photo seminar, Wotan went into ‘daddy-mode’ and began bringing her food. Whether or not he’s the father, he’s playing the part of good provider. We’ll continue to post as we get closer to the big day!

Meanwhile, Scarlette is preparing for her own kits. She isn’t pregnant, but animals will often go through a ‘false-pregnancy’ at this time of year in which they will prepare for babies, even if they never arrive. Scarlette is hard at work on her den. Joker has been helpfully feeding her anything she might want, even when she’d rather sleep.

Upcoming Events
April 8: Easter Party: Help us hide eggs for wolf treats, then enjoy egg hunts for the kids. Festivities begin at 2pm. Kids are free today!
April 20 – 23: Our big fundraiser weekend and 45th Anniversary! Join us and help support Wolf Park’s 45th Season.
May 6: Happy Birthday Animals of Wolf Park! This year, all the animals will receive… Piñatas! Donate HERE to receive a picture of a wolf with their treat.


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Spring Construction

Spring has come early at Wolf Park. The wolves are barely finishing breeding season, but the staff is already sporting t-shirts. This being Indiana, winter might be on its way back again, but we’re using the break to get the spring projects moving.

Thanks to the generous donations of many people, the recovery pen/puppy nursery is being erected. Connected to the Animal Care Center kennels, this enclosure will offer a safe outdoor space for animals recovering from surgery. This will also be the first outdoor home for any puppies at Wolf Park. Visitors will be able to view the pups, and they’ll be able to move freely between the indoors and outdoors to receive both privacy and exercise.

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People keep asking if we’re expecting puppies this year. The answer is… we don’t know. It’ll be a few more weeks before we can assess if Timber is pregnant, and even then, many things can happen between now and spring. We’re hoping and we’ll be all ready for them if/when they arrive!

However, we’re getting ready for a different assortment of puppies. Volunteer Jennifer Yeandle is hard at work constructing a den and landscape for the new diorama in the Education Building. Several years ago, we were donated a taxidermy wolf and fox for educational purposes. We’re excited to soon have a proper display for them.

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Coming Events

Dollar Day is coming soon! Admission to Wolf Park will be just $1.00 on March 4th, 1-4pm. We’ll be spreading the word about all the programs we have planned for the year, showing off the puppy enclosure, and offering all sorts of $1.00 drawings, items and events. Come join us!

Don’t forget to register for our Anniversary Weekend, April 22-23! We have so much planned and so many amazing guests coming. We can’t wait to see you there.

Wolves in the World

Here’s a website about what’s happening with wolves in Greenland.

Here’s a group making a documentary about wolf hybrids and soldiers recovering together from PTSD.

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Wolf Park Turns Forty Five!

Dr. Erich Klinghammer and wolves, 1982

Dr. Erich Klinghammer and wolves, 1982

Wolf Park has reached an incredible milestone! Forty five years ago, a Purdue professor was inspired to expand his knowledge of a little-understood species by bringing two wolves into his life. From there, the pack and facility has grown from its small beginnings into an organization dedicated to improving the lives of wolves in captivity and in the wild through research and education.

Dr. Erich Klinghammer began with a desire to understand wolf behavior and communication. He was able to observe his wolves throughout multiple generations of forming packs, breeding, raising offspring and hunting. Gradually the park has expanded to include other species such as bison, coyotes and foxes.

Research was the original focus of Wolf Park and we continue to assist researchers from around the globe with their studies but our focus has turned more toward education. We are proud of the work we do in providing seminars, children’s camps and education programs for public and private groups.

45th logoWe are celebrating our incredible milestone with a four-day event April 20-23. Join us Saturday April 22nd for the main event as we celebrate 45 years of Wolf Park with a slew of activities. This will also be the date of our annual fundraiser. That’s right, we’re moving Walk for Wolves to the spring this year and changing up the format! Join one of five teams and compete with other teams to earn money for a variety of projects around the park. Which team will raise the most donations? Join us and find out!

Schedule of Events

Thursday – Open 1-4pm for tours and talk.
Friday – Open 1-4pm for tours and talk and open 6-9pm for a special Cookout Howl Night
Saturday – The big fundraiser day! Compete with other teams, see the park, bid in a live auction and listen to amazing speakers from around the country. Then join us Saturday evening for a formal dinner at the Lafayette Fowler House.
Sunday – A day of fun at Wolf Park with competitions, special guest speakers and more!

To learn more visit our main webpage or sign up for the weekend through our online store.

We hope to see every one of you there!


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Seasons Greetings From Wolf Park

Renki with his Christmas Present

Photo by Danielle Lassonde

Ice storms derailed the park’s annual holiday party, leaving the animals without their presents. Santa had to turn his sleigh around, but fortunately the interns were there to play the part of elves! On Christmas Eve, interns Khaz and Danielle converted the animals’ presents into complicated puzzle boxes and gave the canids the gift of entertainment.

The animals are used to getting cardboard boxes with odds and ends hidden inside. They all have their methods of figuring out how to dismember the box and retrieve the treats. Bicho and Kanti destroyed theirs and consumed the contents so fast they probably didn’t taste them. Timber, meanwhile, tugged apart her box very slowly and ended up caching (burying) the box – treats and all. Wotan and Wolfgang were frightened by the wrapping paper and circled their boxes for a long time before Wotan finally plucked up the courage to claim the goodies.

Timber with Burger

Photo by Monty Sloan

On Christmas Day, the wolves received a second treat. Wolf handlers, Pat and Monty, bought burgers for everyone. Hamburgers are not part of the wolves’ normal diet, but it’s the holidays so everyone gets to cheat a little. Fiona was the extra lucky wolf that day. The staff had accidentally ordered an extra burger. The main pack was last to be fed. Fiona managed to seize the bag with the extra hamburger and ran off for a feast while Bicho and Kanti scarfed down their burgers – wrappers and all.

Thanks to some unseasonably warm weather, the park roads have thawed and it is safe to walk and drive here again. Although we won’t be open until after the New Year, we are happy we can safely welcome visitors again, and walk the wolves without falling over.

Gypsum with present

Photo by Khaz Brooks

Upcoming Events
December 31 – Closed for New Years Eve
January 14 – Winter Wolves, 1-4pm
February 11 – Winter Wolves II – 1-4pm

New in our Online Store
The winter season is upon us and we have outer layers to keep you warm. Our sweatshirts feature paw prints on the front and a picture of Fiona on the back. Shirts come in sweatshirt, hoodie and zippered-hoodie variety.fisweatshirt2

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2017 Seminars


2017 is fast approach and Wolf Park is gearing up for another year of special events, seminars, camps and more. We’re offering some new seminars this year and we hope many of you will join us for learning and fun with the wolves, foxes, bison and coyotes. What’s upcoming? Well….


March 10 – 12: “From Control to Compassion: What Wild Canids Can Teach Us About Forming Deeper Bonds with Our Dogs” with Beth Duman
We begin our year with a return visit from longtime friend of the park and trainer, Beth Duman. Duman always arrives with special teachers – both human and animal – to assist with her seminars. Duman seminar always include a great deal of hands on time with the dogs, chances to meet and greet the wolves, and a great deal of group learning. This year, her workshop will ask, “Is your relationship with your dog about ‘training’ or ‘teaching’?” She’ll explore how you relate to your dogs and clients, and help re-evaluate your relationships.

14329902_570403566472717_1312678113561564923_nMarch 31 – April 2: “Fantastic Beasts and How to Train Them” with Ken McCort
World renowned trainer, Ken McCort will be conducting a series of four seminars this year. His newest is a great starting place for those wanting to work with exotic animals. Participants will work hands-on with guinea pigs and via protected contact with some of the park’s other resident species. There will be time to get to know the wolves first-hand, and engage in discussions regarding reading cues between species and different training techniques required for different creatures.

June 23 and September 1: “An Ethological Day with Wolves and Foxes”
Spend a day at Wolf Park getting to know the wolves, foxes and bison! Participants will meet the animals and learn more about their behavior and language. Enjoy up close and personal learning with canids of various sorts!

July 14 -16: “Preparing Wolf Ambassadors” and September 29 – Oct. 1: “The Canid Quartet” with the Wolf Park Staffdx721111-monty-sloan-wolf-park
For those wanting to get to know the wolves and learn more about wild canids, these are the seminars for you. Led by the Wolf Park staff, these seminars will give participants a chance to interact with the animals, learn more about their behavior, and gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to look after these animals. “Preparing Wolf Ambassadors” will give participants opportunity to learn about the care and enrichment necessary to keep wolves in captivity. Participants will prepare enrichment devices, engage in observational research, and learn about daily care. “The Canid Quartet” will offer opportunities to learn more about wolves, coyotes, foxes and dogs. These canines share a world with us. Understanding them will help us better understand our planet.

July 28 – 30: “Canine Neurology and Behavior” with Ken McCort
McCort’s annual seminar will emphasis new research on neuro-biology and how it affects training. Other possible topics may include learning theory, drives and breed differences in behavior. McCort’s seminars are excellent for dog trainers both just starting out, or well advanced in their careers.

October 14 -16: “Talk to the Paw and Creative Client Coaching” with Nicole Wilde and the Wolf Park Staff
Nicole Wilde returns for her second year with us! Join us for one, two or three days of timely topics. Day One will cover subtle body language in dogs and how our gestures translate back to them. Day Two is for trainers interested in becoming better coaches for their clients. Wilde will discuss techniques for communicating clearly and creative problem solving. Day Three will give participants a chance to interact with the wolves and foxes, and learn about training non-domesticated animals.


Our annual round of Day Camps and Overnight Camps for children ages 6 – 14 are already filling up! Campers will learn about working with wild animals, the natural world around them and have a wonderful time in the process! They’ll assist with animal care, meet some of our resident species, and make lasting friends. Many of our campers keep coming back every year and we’re thrilled to see their familiar faces. Join us this June and July!


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For the amateur and professional photographer alike, photo shoots and seminars give participants a chance to step into the wolves’ habitat and photograph up close and personal. Photo Seminars offer over ninety minutes of sessions outdoors with the animals along with talks about the best ways to photograph wildlife. Photo Shoots skip the talks and go straight to animal time. Our wolves are happy to pose and our staff will help you get the best possible shot. Sessions with the foxes are also available upon request of the group.

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The Start of Two Beautiful Friendships


Timber Loves Every Boy
On Monday, Renki and Timber had a play date together which ended rapidly once Timber had exhausted and irritated Renki to the end of his tolerance. Meanwhile, Bicho was making hopeful eyes at Timber through the fence so the staff decided to see if he’d like to take a walk with her. After a brief walk, it was clear the two just wanted to play, so the staff turned them loose to have a great time. They played for quite a while. Timber was delighted to have someone who could keep up with her level of energy, even if he was twice her size. More play dates are sure to be in their future. This brings Timber’s boyfriend count up to four. She is busy!

Where the Buffalo Roam
Some months ago, Wolf Park received two new bison cows who were quickly named Thelma and Louise. They have been living separately while they were checked for illness and given their vaccinations. It also gave them time to get to know the park herd through the fence before joining the group. On Monday, Thelma and Louise finally joined the herd. It didn’t take long for everyone to busy themselves grazing and settling the new members into the family. There has been some head-butting and posturing among the girls while the new cows figure out the rank order, but they appear happy to belong.

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Wolf Park is sad to learn of the passing of Scott “Fargo” Quattrone, a longtime friend, supporter and volunteer. Scott, as his husky alter-ego “Fargo” has been a faithful attendee of our many events where he has assisted with soliciting donations, directing traffic, and entertaining the crowds. We’re grateful for the time we had with him and are sad to lose him far too soon. We’ll miss you, Fargo.

All I want for Christmas…
The holidays rapidly approaching. Consider giving your loved ones a great experience with a Wolf Park Membership, Seminar, Photo Shoot or Children’s Camp. We have something for the wolf, dog and fox lovers of all ages.

Future Puppy Playground
Thanks to some incredibly generous donations, we have almost reached our fundraising goal for the Puppy Enclosure and Recovery Pen. We are $250 away from groundbreaking! As you make your year end contributions, considering helping us finishing off our fundraising. Donate HERE and mark in the comment section that the donation is for the Puppy Enclosure.

Coming Events
12/17 Santa Claus Visits Wolf Park 1-4pm.
12/24 No Howl Night
12/31 No Howl Night
1/14 Winter Wolves 1-4pm


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Kailani, 2004 – 2016

kailaniprofile Kailani has left us.  The little puppy whose name meant “sea and sky” in Hawaiian grew up into a beautiful silver wolf.  She was the alpha female of the main pack for many years and retired during the winter of 2011-2012.  In retirement she was reunited with Tristan, whom she adored, and often her brother Renki, whom she tolerated.

Her loss was not unexpected, but we hoped it would not be so soon. This fall a mass or lump in her abdominal cavity led Dr. Becker to recommend exploratory surgery in October, after x-rays were inconclusive.  Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the lump was cancer, and there were many small nodules throughout Kailani’s mesenteries.  Her condition was inoperable and we put her in hospice care, monitoring her closely, tweaking pain medications as needed, and trying to keep her eating.  Though she lost weight during the fall she would eat, though sometimes only small amounts of favorite foods.  Whatever she wanted to eat, she got.  Medication could perk up her appetite and we also found that Renki was an effective appetite stimulant.  She’d eat food to keep it away from him.

Kailani still had spunk enough to threaten Ayla and Timber through the fence on the day before Thanksgiving, though otherwise she seemed tired and only ate a small amount of kielbasa. On Thanksgiving she started having moderately labored breathing. She was not agitated, but her resting respiration rate was elevated.  Dr. Becker came out in the evening and we sedated Kailani for further examination.  Dr. Becker warned us that even sedating her to draw off fluid from the body cavity to ease her breathing, was risky.  As Dr. Becker feared, complications arose when Kailani was anesthetized.  We took this as a sign that we were pretty much at the end of what we could do to keep her comfortable.  Dr. Becker did not think she was in pain, but very close to the end of her good time, so we said our good byes and Dr. Becker gave her the last mercy.

Of the many stories we tell about Kailani, one that comes to mind is an occasion in which she rolled on her back to demand a tummy rub and, in that posture, glared at Renki upside down.  He refused to walk past her – her threat stare was that good – and she was guarding a steak from him.  She was a beautiful, sometimes challenging, wolf who loved tummy rubs from good friends, and was eager to go out for walks. She will be remembered as a mighty huntress from the days when we did wolf-bison demonstrations, and wielder of an extremely powerful Death Stare.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Wolf Park! We are thankful this year for the continued healthy recovery of cancer survivor Renki, the amazing donations we’ve received toward the building of a recovery pen and improved fox enclosure; the arrival of new resident Timber, and the wonderful support we’ve received from our community, both locally and abroad. Thank you all and Happy Thanksgiving!


Wolfgang guarding Timber. Photo by Dana Drenzek

Three’s a Crowd
Wolfgang and Wotan have had two joint play dates with Timber. Three is a crowd when it comes to dating, and Wotan and Wolfgang are having trouble remembering their brotherly bond when a woman gets between them. The brothers spend these dates flagging their tails and growling at one another, while Timber provokes both by riding on their backs, flirting, and being a generally obnoxious two year old. The brothers try and guard Timber from one another, but she won’t hold still long enough to be guarded. Timber is a busy bee who would rather be exploring or playing than sitting quietly while the boys debate who gets the girl. Fortunately, because she is so lively, neither boy really wants her for very long, and they’re both happy to take a break and let the other brother deal with miss young and exuberant.

Timber also continues to have the occasional play date with Renki. Although she’ll bounce all over Wotan and Wolfgang, she is much more careful not to knock Renki around too much. He seems to like visiting her in small doses.

Timber will not be able to live with the brothers full-time because she is young, they are old, and she would break them. We are glad to give her many play date opportunities with them. Maybe it’ll lead to something special come breeding season…

Giving Tuesday
Taking care of the residents of Wolf Park and improving the facility takes time, effort and funds. Join us for Giving Tuesday to help provide care for the animals this winter season. Donations will be channeled toward feeding the animals, providing their vaccinations and improving enclosures.givingtuesdayposter


What’s Happening Elsewhere?
Here’s some cool information about Urban Coyotes.

A prat-falling fox won this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Competition. Check out some hilarious photos here.


Coming Events at Wolf Park
11/26 Turkey Toss. Help the wolves celebrate Thanksgiving by tossing them their turkey dinners. Delivery begins at 2pm.
12/1 Closed Season Begins. Wolf Park will be open Saturday evenings for Howl Nights and one Saturday afternoon a month until April. Check out our Calendar of Events for our open days.
12/17 Santa visits! Celebrate the holidays at Wolf Park. Help decorate Christmas Trees for the wolves, meet Santa and enjoy the chilly season. Open 1-4. Present delivery begins at 1:30.

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