It’s been a great couple of weeks out at Wildlife Images! It probably comes at no surprise that with “baby season” over our staff have a bit more time on their hands. This is a wonderful time of year to work on socialization with our new resident animals. This year, we are working with Rogue and Takelma the two new wolf ambassadors. We’ve talked about training before but socializing is another part of earning the title of Animal Ambassador. Each day at a set time the radios crackle to life across Wildlife Images. It’s an “all-call” for social hour! Staff and volunteers are invited to come to the the wolf enclosure for a chance to interact with the 8 month old pups.
With small treats in hand, and under the supervision of the Rogue & Takelma’s handlers, staff and volunteers can entice the pups over and play with them. In order for Animal Ambassadors to be comfortable with the public they need to be exposed to people who smell different, sound different, and move differently. If the only people Rogue & Takelma ever saw were their handlers and a select few volunteers, these high-content wolf ambassadors wouldn’t be able to share their species’ story in an effective way.