Atka, a captive-born Arctic gray wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, NY, matches up with a strangely scented pillow.

Enrichment activities such as this help give captive animals new and exciting experiences to help make their lives as interesting as possible. Enrichment can help animals use senses and skills they would use in the wild or may just give them a new "toy" to enjoy.

Atka is one of the 'ambassador wolves' that the WCC, a non-profit organization, uses to help teach the public about wolves and their vital role in the environment.

In 2012, Atka visited almost 160 schools, nature centers, museums and libraries helping people learn about the importance of his wild “brothers and sisters”. With the mission to educate people about wolves, their relationship in the environment and the human role in protecting their future, the WCC family thanks Atka for his valued service. You never know, Atka may be in your neck of the woods soon!

Atka is the oldest ambassador wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC). He arrived at the WCC from Minnesota when he was just 8 days old. He was raised by the WCC staff, volunteers... (Source)


Responses to "Atka the Arctic Wolf Enjoys Enrichment Treat (Video)"

  1. Wolfe Lind says:

    I love the idea of giving Atka a puzzle to figure out but is it safe to give Atka something with foam like that? I know you have to worry about a domestic dog eating foam from cushions and would hate to see Atka suffer like I have seen a few dogs suffer. :(

  2. Anonymous says:

    she is having fun its so nice to see, uk

  3. Anonymous says:

    My wolf boy does the same, but he never eats the foam - very intelligent creatures.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think Atka is a very intelligent wolf.She didn't look like she had any intention of eating the foam.She was so engrossed on taring the pillow apart.She was enjoying herself and she also knew she was being video. you could tell how she would stop and look.She's such a beautiful animal.My one dream some day would get a chance to talk and get to know more about the wolves up and personal.I have loved them it seems forever.I have so many petitions to protect and have them put back on the endangered list.They belong running free.I want to say thank you for all you are trying to accomplish in educating people about the wolves.I really it pays off real soon.the killing needs to stop be for its to late.It breaks my heart and I'm not afraid to say i have shed my share of tears for the wolves and I will continue raising my voice in defence of the wolves.

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