often asked questions on the topic visit

Often asked questions around the visit at the Wolf Science Center. We hope, you will find the answers here! 

May we stroke the wolves?

Generally not. As part of the enclosure-visit or the leashwalk the wolves can be touched - if they want it on theirselves. Wolves have more distance to unknown persons than dogs. Simply touching a wolf would be rude and expect too much of him.

Why does Kenai (or another wolf in the pack) tuck his tail between his legs?/ Why does he walk thus strange?

Tucking the tail and walking with a bent back shows the subservience of an animal. It is a sign of submission.

How large is the facility, where the animals can move about freely?

Totally about 25.000 m², the individual pack enclosure are about  8.000 m² each.

Are dogs allowed in the wildpark?

In the wildpark dogs are allowed on a short leash, but they should not go behind the barriers close to the fences of the enclosures! Of course they may accompany their owners at guided tours. 

Dogs are not allowed at a walk with a wolf or a stay in an enclosure.

Why are some of the dogs allowed to enter the enclosure and others not?

Those dogs, who can contact also adult wolves, where present at the raising as well. For other dogs it would be too dangerous. But for reasons of safety even the „raising-dogs“ do not go into the enclosures commmonly.

How many animals are there in the Wolf Science Center?

At the moment we keep 14 timber wolves and 13 dogs.

How often do the wolves get food?

Every 3–4 days larger portions of dead animals (according the natural example) and in between the get dry food as "goodies" during work and in the training.

Can I keep a wolf privatly?

Perhaps you can, but you must not. Wolfkeeping is subject to authorization. You need fine and large facilities. A great effort is necessary for the familiar handling of wolves and to reach the mutual pleasure as at the WSC. It is strongly advised against the private kepping of a wolf.

Do you have no fear?

No, but respect. our wolves are partners in research and work - on par with us and we avoid everything, that could upset them. Despite their growing up close to man these wolves remain wild animals. They are not domesticated dogs rather forgiving handling errors. Therefore it is most important being able to read the body language and the facial expressions of the wolves.

What do you have to pay attention in a wolf enclosure?

You need a fine structuring of the ground and the vegetation: this offers to the animals

  • shelter against the weather,
  • withdrawal from the gaze of visitors and
  • avoiding of visual contact with other pack members.