Ambassador wolf pups Alawa and Zephyr of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY.

Alawa (meaning "sweetpea" in Algonquin, and pronounced "ai-lay-ewa) is brown and gray and her temperament matches her name. She and her litter-mate, Zephyr (meaning "light or west wind"), were born on April 20 and arrived at the WCC on May 27. They join Atka to make up the Ambassador Pack - the wolves on view as part of the WCC's education programs.

At first glance, Alawa comes across as dainty and demure compared to her rambunctious brother. Watch her for a while, and you’ll notice she’s often dominating her taller brother with impressive moves while rough-housing. Alawa is not as vocal as Zephyr so far, but her howl is adorable when she chooses to sing.

Their lineage is a mix of gray wolf subspecies, but they are primarily Canis lupus occidentalis - Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf -- a subspecies that traditionally inhabited parts of the western United States, much of western Canada, and all of Alaska.

The Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf was reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in 1995 and 1996; today over 1,600 of the subspecies live in the wild of the Northern Rockies.


Responses to "Ambassador wolf pups Alawa and Zephyr of the Wolf Conservation Center (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    they are beautiful

  2. Unknown says:

    You spend so much time & money to preserve wolves, only to have those idiots in Idaho kill them off. Isn't there anyone in the Idaho government with the slightest bit of intelligence?

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