Brookfield Zoo has a spectacular habitat for the Mexican Grey Wolves called Regenstein Wolf Woods. I learned something while reading about them on the Zoo’s site: “All the types of wolves you’ve heard of, like timber, gray, Arctic, and Mexican, belong to the same species: the gray wolf.”
The habitat is large and affords the wolves much privacy; the downside is they’re not always available for photographing. We lucked out on one of our visits, though.
Nap time (in the very center of the image).
Again, from the Zoo: “Mexican gray wolves were considered extinct in the wild until their reintroduction into Arizona and New Mexico in 1998.” Brookfield successfully reintroduced the female they had to a wildlife park in New Mexico, and last year celebrated the birth of a litter of wolf cubs. They even held a naming contest on their website!
They won’t, however, let one pet them. ~pout~
This one is, admittedly, difficult to spot. It’s the center knoll in their enclosure. If you see the smaller tree in the foreground, travel up along its trunk to where the branches first start on the right of the trunk. You’ll see the wolf centered in the branches.
Wolves have a strict hierarchical structure. Whomever is at the highest point on the knoll is the alpha.
Another one arrives on the knoll for a nap.
The other wolves show deference to the alpha pair by lowering their heads and not making direct eye contact.
It’s fascinating to watch their body language as they move around.
At first, it seems this one is hiding. Then one realizes that it is, in fact, capable of seeing pretty much everything in the field of view – me and my husband photographing them by the fence, the front of their enclosure, the pedestrian path beyond that gate, all the way to the bald eagle.
And when one looks back, they’re nearly invisible. Camouflage. ~shiver~
Check back tomorrow for the North American River Otter. Or… not? Stay tuned to find out!
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