Two beautiful grey wolves were released into their new woodland enclosure this week as Wildwood rebuilds and enlarges their wolf facility at the popular Canterbury based rewilding centre.
The two young wolves, female Nuna and male Odin are the beginning of a planned new wolf pack at the park and form a small part of Wildwood’s mission to educate public opinion and research the long-term benefits and issues of rewilding Britain to bring back a flourishing ecological diversity.
With a dedicated and experienced wolf keeper team behind the scenes, it is hoped that romance will soon blossom between the new pair and that the huge wolf facility will soon hear the pitter patter of tiny paws and the start of Wildwood's exciting new wolf pack.
Wildwood’s Peter Smith said, “We’re delighted to have the wolves in the first stage of their new woodland home. Our vision is to allow people to immerse themselves inside the new wolf woodland. The wolves, Nuna and Odin are a pair from Sweden and Switzerland which match the wolves that once lived in Britain."
"For many centuries, the European grey wolf, Canis lupus, has been a much maligned animal – persecuted due to fear, hate and misunderstanding. Today, with a new understanding of the wolf, many myths depicting the wolf as a villain have been dispelled and it is coming to be respected as the awe-inspiring animal it truly is."
"It is the Wildwood Trust’s mission to continue to educate and inspire visitors on the facts about this animal, and their arrival to Wildwood cites the beginning of what will be an exciting campaign and research project. Wolves played an incredibly important role in our history, shaping our own evolution, culture and our landscape. It's a great privilege to have these magnificent animals at our Canterbury site to continue to help us tell their story.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Wildwood Trust will happily assist members of the press to obtain footage if they wish to visit.
Wildwood Trust is not just a wildlife park, but also a unique conservation project that tells the changing story of British wildlife. The Wildwood Trust is working to protect and conserve Britain’s most endangered wildlife and reintroduce animals to where they once lived.
Wildwood Trust opened in 1999 as a centre of excellence for the conservation of British wildlife, and was established as a registered charity in 2002. Wildwood is Kent's best British wildlife park. Home to over 200 native animals, past and present and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland where visitors can see bears, wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers plus many more. As one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK, Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain's most threatened wildlife. Wildwood Trust have taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes to date, which include, saving the water vole, using wild horses to help restore Kent's most precious nature reserves, bringing the extinct European beaver back to Britain and returning the hazel dormouse & red squirrel to areas where they have been made extinct.
Wildwood Trust Herne Common Herne Bay Kent CT6 7LQ