Wolf fans are in for a treat this weekend as four cubs will be released into a large woodland enclosure at Wildwood in Kent.
Visitors to the wildlife centre on Saturday will be entered into a lottery with one lucky winner being chosen to release the wolf cubs at 11am.
After spending twelve weeks with parents Nuna and Odin, both two years old, the four wolf cubs are now ready to leave their nursery enclosure, with all being released together into their woodland home.
The innovative wolf enclosure is a unique two-level woodland feature with immersive 360-degree panoramic views, allowing visitors to venture into the heart of the wolf pack’s lair and experience what it is like to share the woodland with the wolves.
Paul Whitfield, Wildwood’s Director General said:
“Our ranger and keeper team have created a magnificent new home for our wolves. Our vision is to enable people to immerse themselves inside the wolves’ woodland world. The new wolf cubs will be able to enjoy their huge new enclosure displaying many of the behaviours of a wild wolf pack, acting as ambassadors for our charitable mission to return Wolves to Britain.”
Peter Smith, Wildwood’s Strategic Director said:
“It is the Wildwood Trust’s mission to continue to educate and inspire visitors on the facts about this animal, and their arrival to Wildwood cites the beginning of what will be an exciting campaign and research project. Wolves played an incredibly important role in our history, shaping our own evolution, culture and our landscape. It’s a great privilege to have these magnificent animals at our Canterbury site to continue to help us tell their story.”
“For many centuries, the European grey wolf, Canis lupus, has been a much-maligned animal – persecuted due to fear, hate and misunderstanding. Today, with a new understanding of the wolf, many myths depicting the wolf as a villain have been dispelled and it is coming to be respected as the awe-inspiring animal it truly is.”
Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. Wildwood is set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland and home to over 200 native animals, past and present including bears, wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more.
For more information on visiting Wildwood go to www.wildwoodtrust.org