Fairwell Poppy

It is with sadness that I write to tell you that our Wolf Poppy passed away earlier this week.

She was almost 16 years of age and had arrived here many years ago following a dominance fight within her pack at West Midlands Safari Park. Initially she was placed in the same enclosure with Nouska and Callow and a good relationship was founded. However, when the annual hormonal season arrived she and Callow became rivals for Nousa’s attention. As a consequence and in order to avoid imminent hostilities, she was moved next door to a smaller and mainly wooded enclosure where she could still see, smell and hear her former pack mates, but that was all.

Although Poppy had no early socialisation, over the years, whilst remaining shy, she would occasionally take kindly to someone, usually a female person who spent time sitting by the edge of her enclosure, offering food or simply waiting for a chance sighting or photograph.

This behaviour rarely extended itself to me and I often wondered if she had perhaps not forgiven me for that earlier separation from her former mates.

It was over the last few weeks that a noticeable difference took place in her activities, that reminded me of her age and that 16 years was over twice the age of a Wolf that lived in the wild.

I introduced a new shelter into the enclosure that, surprisingly she took to for a short while before passing away quite close to it.

Poppy will be remembered as a kindly Wolf who I believe enjoyed her thickly wooded environment that gave her some contact with her neighbours without compromising her own privacy.

Could I thank everyone who had adopted her over the years. This support has benefitted her and has allowed us to continue Wolf Watch and what we do here.

Poppy is buried next to Callow and Tilly near to her enclosure.

Thank You
Tony

Annual Wolf Watch Fundraiser – Anita Greenfield

We would like to thank WWUK lifetime member Anita Greenfield for hosting her annual Wolf Watch fundraiser / card, cake and prosecco evening and donating the proceeds to our wolves. Anita came along to centre and presented the cheque to Tony.

Thank you Anita we greatly appreciate your continued support and we look forwards to welcoming you back to see the pack very soon.

Work continues on Kgosi Lodge

Work is now well underway on our new lodge, with pipework being laid and the first bricks placed, you can see here the initial footprint of the building is taking shape. We will keep you posted over the next few weeks, on how we are getting along with the exciting new development – for now it’s back to the building site!

Extract from a new book, Forest – Walking Among Trees by Matt Collins

We’ve recently been informed that a new book, Forest – Walking Among Trees, written by Matt Collins includes a mention of Wolf Watch, and Tony. Here is a link for anyone interested: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=j_KEDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT118&lpg=PT118&dq=tony+haighway&source=bl&ots=J5_uvel6zd&sig=ACfU3U2OuiQR8INf1TdnnKjXB_X-iWSOcA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi5qNfOzLviAhVGShUIHWdVBUE4FBDoATAIegQICBAB#v=onepage&q=tony%20haighway&f=false

Wolf Night 2019 – Paradise Wildlife Park

We would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Lyn, Pia and all at Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne.

Unfortunately due to dominance fights with her sister, Anja was rehomed with us in 2015. We are extremely grateful to Paradise Wildlife Park for their continued support of Anja.

The donation will be put towards fencing costs and on going improvements of Anja’s enclosure. Thank you once more.

Anja’s brother Romulus and sister Inge still happily live together at Paradise Wildlife Park.

Announcement from Tony Haighway

It is with sadness we announce that two of our Wolves have recently died. Tilley who came to us almost a year ago and Callow who has been with us for many years.

Tilley and Rickon were involved in a dominance fight through the double fence separating their enclosures. Tilley broke  two strands of fence on his side allowing him to get his head through. Rickon bent the wire on his side allowing him the same access. Although there is a nine inch gap between the two, they were able to engage in a fight.

I was able to separate them and Rickon walked away shaking. Tilley was injured and despite every effort I was unable to contain him as he embedded himself in thick undergrowth and kept moving away.  There was little the vet could do and it became dark, even with torches I couldn’t locate him. At first light, I managed to crawl to him and extract him. By then he was not fully conscious. Despite best efforts by our vet he succumbed to his injuries.

Ten days later, although not involved in the confrontation, I found Callow curled up in her sleeping place, it appeared she had passed away whilst sleeping.

Having kept Wolves over a long period of time, the experience of loss holds some familiarity. Each Wolf resonates a mark of understanding about life and death. Like people, it’s what has happened in their lifetime that is important. Unfortunately, captivity controlled their lives, so the experiences that nature intended for them were reduced.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that much of their behaviour in captivity mirrors that which occurs in the wild.

The circumstances and timing surrounding the Loss of Tilley and Callow were sudden and unexpected in the sense. I believed double fencing would inhibit such an occurrence and that this behaviour (the augmentation of aggression between males) has never manifested itself until November onwards through to Spring when Cubs arrive and the hormonal situation settles.

For me, it is a lesson learned, that relates to the determination embedded in Wolves when they engage in such behaviours. Overcoming the almost heart stopping shock of discovering something you love is injured or dead can only be dealt with by moving forward. The care and respect is inherent, but I feel the loss must be accepted and regarded as the ‘Flip’ side of the good experiences, happiness and privilege that we have enjoyed in sharing their lives.

I am sorry to bring you this news.

With thanks,  Tony

Wolf Night – October 20th

Our friends at Paradise Wildlife Park are hosting their annual Wolf Night. Tony will be there providing an update on our wolves and what’s been happening at Wolf Watch over the past 12 months.

The whole team is looking forwards to catching up with old friends and new. Please show your support to Paradise Wildlife Park who continue to help us with the ongoing care of Anja.

Hopefully see a few of you there!

https://www.pwpark.com/whats-on/events/wolf-night-1

Wolf Watch needs your urgent support!

Our planning application for the erection of replacement building to provide a short-stay lodge/educational facility (Kgosi Lodge), has been submitted to Shropshire Council. We are asking for your support of our application by going to Shropshire Councils planning portal and expressing your support for our proposed educational centre.

Please copy and paste this link into your browser and register with the Council which will then allow you to log into the planning portal in order to leave your comment:

https://pa.shropshire.gov.uk/online-applications/registrationWizard.do?action=start

After registering the application number to search is 18/01628

We would greatly appreciate receiving your support as this project forms a major part of our plans for a sustainable future for Wolf Watch UK, and so allowing us to continue to provide for the welfare of the current and future wolves in our care.

Time is limited and the public consultation period expires on 15 May 2018, so your immediate attention to our cause is requested.