1 The Wolf Conservation Center is tucked away in South Salem, New York and you must make an appointment to visit.
2 This is Spencer Wilhelm - Operations Manager and Maggie Howell - Managing Director. This building is a classroom where Wolves 101 is taught.
3 Volunteer services are indispensable to the center and they're always looking for help with ground maintenance, guides, veterinary care, grant writing, creating crafts to sell, and with publicity. It's a great way to get to know the wolves.
4 The WCC offers a nocturnal adventure experience called 'Sleeping With Wolves,' offering supporters the chance to spend the night in close proximity with the 25 resident wolves.
5 Before climbing the hill to where the wolves are kept, Maggie paused.
6 She gave a howl, and almost immediately, numerous wolves howled back. It was incredible!
7 This is Atka, at 10 years of age, he is the oldest ambassador wolf at the WCC. Atka arrived at the WCC from Minnesota when he was just 8 days old.
8 Atka is an Arctic gray wolf, a species that lives primarily in the harsh Arctic region.
9 Atka, like his wild counterparts, has white fur, allowing him to blend into snowy surroundings.
10 Atka's thick winter coat is beginning to grow in, which will make him appear much larger.
11 With their long, thick winter coats, Arctic gray wolves can withstand temperatures as low as minus 70º Fahrenheit!
12 A celebrity wolf, Atka is the Center's only wolf who likes to travel and embraces new faces and places. That day, he was on his way to New York City to greet the audience of the premier documentary, 'True Wolf.' Atka also made an appearance on my TV show several years ago.
13 This is Alawa, which means 'sweetpea' in Algonquin and I'm told that her temperament matches her name. Alawa is a mix of gray wolf subspecies, but is referred to as a Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf.
14 Zephyr, Algonquin for 'light or west wind' is Alawa's litter-mate and unlike his sister, Zephyr is rambunctious and feisty.
15 They were born on April 20, 2011 and arrived at the WCC one month later. They came from a private breeder who breeds wolves for education purposes.
16 Alawa and Zephyr were raised by staff and volunteers in this little house until the pups were old enough to live outdoors.
17 The house was generously donated by the Norwalk, Connecticut Home Depot. The Center relies entirely on donations to support these amazing wolves.
18 The Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf is a subspecies that traditionally inhabited parts of the western United States, much of western Canada, and all of Alaska.
19 The Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf was reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in 1995 and 1996. Today, more than 1,600 of the subspecies live in the wild of the Northern Rockies.
20 Little 'trap doors' can be opened along the fence for better photo ops. Zephyr is very curious and friendly.
21 The wolves are fed every couple of days. They eat road kill, like deer, and other meat donated by Whole Foods, a large supporter of the WCC.
22 During the visit, Alawa decided to put on a little show.
23 She climbed to the top of a boulder.
24 And she began to howl.
25 The sound was fantastic!
26 Each wolf has a unique howl.
27 In the wild, wolves separate and travel vast areas in search of food. They use their howls as a way of locating and rejoining their pack.
28 Bravo Alawa!
29 This is Owen, one of Maggie's three dogs that get to come to work with her. Maggie found Owen while working with wildlife in Arizona.
30 As we were leaving, a group was arriving for one of the wonderful educational programs offered at the Center.