Speak up to protect this beautiful, misunderstood predator
Who Speaks For Wolf is my journey to educate the public on Canis lupus, to promote conservation efforts and to provide protection for this wonderful, misunderstood animal. It is a way for the wolf’s voice to be heard and acknowledged.
I own three “wolves”, Tundra, Nahanni & Mahikan. All are very high content wolf-dogs, with Tundra being 90% wolf, Nahanni is an Arctic wolf and Mahikan is a black wolf. Both Nahanni and Mahikan are almost full wolf. Through owning these three magnificent creatures, I have learned and gained an immense amount of respect for wolves. Nahanni & Mahikan are very recent additions. I brought them home in May 2014 and they all are a joy to interact with daily. All three wolf-dogs have very different personalities as described in the following descriptions. This is very indicative of their wild cousins.
Tundra was born in March 2007. She came to us at three weeks of age. People were amazed at her beauty, so for the past nine years we have been educating students and adults on the value of the wolf in ecosystems. Tundra leaves a lasting impression on all the people who see her and they comment on her beauty and grace.
Nahanni is almost a full Arctic wolf. He is named after the rugged National Park and river in the NWT. His parentage originates from northern Ellesmere Island in the High Arctic. As an Arctic wolf-dog, he is very shy and socially aloof. But he is a big soft-hearted boy and loves his 10-15 minute tummy rubs.
Mahikan (means wolf in the Cree language) is a black wolf-dog. She is a very sweet, active girl. Mahikan can be quite an intense animal and I call her my sweet little wolverine.
For the past nine years, I have been conducting presentations on wolves for schools and community groups. We have visited nearly 150 schools and seen over 24,000 students and teachers. Tundra is the star of the show as she gently interacts with the students and public.
It is my hope that I can meet the challenge set out by L. David Mech, one of the world’s preeminent wolf biologists, in his quote:
“I hope I can help other people to see the wolf for what it is: one more magnificent species, superbly adapted to contend with its harsh environment, and highly deserving of our understanding and acceptance.”
From the wolfman: Gary R. Allan