A interesting piece by National Geographic and photographer Ronan Donovan. Hear him describe the challenge of photographing one of Yellowstone National Park’s most elusive and iconic species: wolves!
Earlier this month Wolf Watch UK welcomed back one of our long standing supporters Tom Williams, when he visited The Centre to introduce his guest and new membership recruit Jan Jones to his adopted wolf Pepe, and the rest of the Wolf Watch pack. Tom has been a member for almost 7 years and received his first Wolf Adoption as a Christmas present from his parents. “At the time I thought it was just a wrapped up and framed photo of a wolf, little did I know that it was an adoption, and still is my favourite recurring Christmas present.”
This was Tom’s introduction to wolves and little did he know at the time that it would become one of his lifetime passions. “The wolf that was adopted for me was Pepe, and through photos and visits my level of respect for him only grew, for me he represented the natural world, an animal to be truly respected and simply admired. Every year I always readopt Pepe simply because he will always be my Alpha. But I have come close to adopting Maddy because of how beautiful she is to me, and so adopted her for my friend and colleague Jan, whom I shared my last wolf visit with.”
Since then Tom has been devoted supporter of Pepe, our male Timber Wolf by renewing his membership and visiting him several times, but Toms enthusiasm hasn’t stopped there and has taken on an even more permanent form. In tribute to his love of Pepe and the Wolf Watch wolves, Tom has pushed the barriers of pain aside and had a tattoo on his arm as a tribute to both Pepe and Madadh. “I was inspired to have the tattoos after a visit to the sanctuary a few years back now, it had been my third visit to see the wolves I believe. By this point I had already completely fallen in love with all of them, but I was truly in awe of Pepe who had been my adopted wolf since the beginning, and so he had to be there, and Maddy was chosen for the second part because for me she truly made the experience personal and magical!”
Tom was in the tattoo parlour for about two and a half to three hours, and it was his first tattoo. “My tattoo artist, a man by the name of Lee Piercy, actually commented saying it was a large tattoo for a first timer,” but he loved the idea and story behind it. Maybe in the future I might even add in other members of the Wolf Watch pack, as they truly brighten up my world every time I visit, I’m also considering adding a scenic background.”
We would like to express our admiration and personally thank Tom for his continued support and dedication to the Wolf Watch pack.
Work has begun on creating a new observation point. We are planning on siting a cabin on an elevated platform overlooking the pond and what will be Anja’s new enclosure. Hopefully this space will become useful as a classroom for educational visits and provide a new all weather vantage point for visiting members and our Photography and Art Day’s.
The pond attracts a large variety of wild visitors from kingfishers, herons and even the occasional otter in the past. Not to mention our resident deer, they love to wade into the centre and reach the tasty flowering plants that the rabbits and hares can’t get to. Think they will be a little disappointed when Anja moves in!
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Wolves are ecosystem engineers that play an important role in the habitats they live in by improving the environment and helping to increase biodiversity. Join us as Wolf Watch UK takes you on a journey through George Monbiot’s TED talk about how the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone national park had a balancing effect on the plants, animals and even the rivers!
Filmed by Jason Cortis BSc at Wolf Watch UK
Narration from TED: “For more wonder, rewild the world” by George Monbiot. Watch the full seminar here: http://bit.ly/N3m62h
We were privileged enough to see one of our wolves create a new den recently, here is Madadh enjoying her den.
We got up close and personal with Madadh when she was patrolling the hillside
Yesterday we had a fantastic day filming for an episode of #countrywise staring the brilliant biologist and TV presenter Liz Bonnin! Kgosi took particular interest in some expensive cameras and rigs! Its to be aired sometime in September
We spotted this beautiful red fox at Wolf Watch this week.