Angelika Rauter

University University of Vienna
Project at the WSC Animal welfare assistant
Companion my dog Timon

It has always been clear to me that I want to work with animals. My special interest are dogs. Working with wolves, the ancestors of the dogs, is therefore perfect for me. I am studying biology at the University of Vienna and I am still looking for the ideal path for my future. By chance I clicked on the WSC's homepage. There I applied as an animal welfare assistant and was surprised and happy to be accepted. This internship is the best thing that could ever have happened to me. For the first time in a long time I feel that I belong here.

Wolves are fascinating animals. Although they are very closely related to dogs, they still characterize a lot of differences, which can be observed at the WSC, thanks to the possibility of comparing wolves and dogs under equal circumstances. My activities include daily feeding and helping with testing and training as well as giving guided tours for visitors. No day is the same here. Each day is a new challenge and conveys new knowledge. Each animal is special in its own way, so it is difficult to choose a favorite one. However, I find that Wamblee is very different from the other wolves. Although he is low in rank, and therefore also quite shy and reserved, he has something special about him, which always fascinates me over and over again. If I had to choose a favorite dog, I would say it is Maisha. He is hyperactive and shows his excitement by expressing the wildest noises as soon as a person approaches the enclosure. Through my internship at the WSC I hope that I will gather many new experiences and finally find the right path for my future.