Jul 25

Common Wolf Misconceptions

by Staff

I was able to think about the questions about wolves we most frequently are asked and it made me realize, there are a lot of misconceptions. Some of you probably know a great deal about wolves and some of you might just think you know. During this revelation, it also occurred to me that one of the most important things I do is to move others to feel as passionate about animals and conservation as I do. And if there are many misunderstandings about our animals, then I’m not doing my job.

Wolf Howling at Busch Gardens Virginia

So here is my effort to educate and inform you. I’ll give you an example of a common guest statement or question, then, I’ll follow it with the correct information.

“Aww… the wolves are howling because they’re hungry.”

Actually, wolves howl as a social sign of contentment. Howling is situational, but is very much a form of social bonding. They will howl to relocate a lost pack mate, call the pack together, ward off a rival pack or sometimes even just for fun and out of excitement. But chances are if they are howling, they are looking for more voices to join in. So next time you hear it, go ahead and howl right back.

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-Megan, Senior Animal Trainer