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OUR AMBASSADORS

Our hand-raised, socialized animals serve as ambassadors for their wild relatives. We hope that, by learning more about our ambassadors, visitors to Wolf Park will become more interested in coexistence, protection, and conservation of wolves and other wildlife.

OUR CANIDS

Màni in the Rain
Máni Gray Wolf (male)

Máni was born in 2017 to Timber and Wotan. He was named after the Germanic moon god, which connected him with his father, who was also named after a Germanic deity.

Máni grew to be the largest pup in the pack, and proved to have the confidence to tower over his brothers though he has a fairly lazy personality. If he can convince humans to toss him treats while he lies quietly, he’ll do it. When he does engage in training games, he is very smart and quick to pick up new things. He’s frequently the wolf standing by the fence checking out the new people and often escorts tours around the enclosure edge.

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Aspen Gray Wolf (male)

Aspen was born to Timber and Wotan in 2017. There were five puppies raised at Wolf Park that year. Instead of joining an existing pack, Aspen, Máni, Niko, Sparrow, and Khewa were raised to be a new ‘puppy-pack’, and they’ve been a happy group so far.

Aspen is a large and laid-back wolf, though he often likes to start games of ‘keep-away’. The park has a rowboat which photographers like to use to photograph the wolves standing on the shore of the lake. Aspen was the first puppy to ride in the boat – he loved it and still does.

Niko
Niko Gray Wolf (male)

Niko came to Wolf Park in 2017 from Wolf Mountain along with his sister, Khewa. They joined the pups born at Wolf Park that year to form a puppy pack of five. Niko is the only black colored pup in the group and easy for visitors to identify.

His favorite toy in the puppy nursery was a stuffed duck, earning him the nickname, ‘Niko-Beako’. Now that he’s older, he still likes finding sticks, bones, boxes and other things to carry around or shred. Niko enjoys training, following people around, and playing with his sister.

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Khewa Gray Wolf (female)

Khewa and her brother, Niko, came to Wolf Park in 2017 from Wolf Mountain to be raised alongside the pups born at Wolf Park that year. Khewa is easily distinguished from the other wolves in the main pack by her light grey fur, short tail and short muzzle. She darkened and grew into her features as she matured, although she still has the shortest tail and a slight dip to her muzzle.

Khewa quickly became known as the ‘mud puppy’. She loves water, mud, muck and mire. If there was something stinky which could be rolled up, she was sure to find it. She loved to greet her human friends with enthusiastic kisses, usually leaving a trail of muddy paw prints on them.

Sparrow Stalking
Sparrow Gray Wolf (female)

Sparrow was the smallest of the pups born in 2017 to Wotan and Timber. She remained on the small side, but did grow larger than her mother.

Sparrow is considered a genius among the staff. She loves to train and she’s very good at learning new skills. The staff nicknamed her ‘Hermione’, because she used to push other pups out of the way if she knew the answer to a training game. She’s also an explorer with no fear of new places.

Kanti
Kanti Gray Wolf (male)

April 6, 2012

Kanti was born to Dharma and Wolfgang along with his 5 siblings. He started fussing shortly after being born and we found he was literally a “born complainer”. Called Mama’s Boy as a puppy due to his tendency for whining, Kanti grew into a big bouncy bundle of wolf. Kanti acts big and brave, but the staff knows otherwise. He was once frightened by Gypsum, the gray fox, who threatened him through the fence. Kanti hid behind his brother and has never lived down the indignity.

Timber
Timber Gray Wolf (female)

Born 2014

Timber is a petite wolf who was born at Safari North Zoo, in Brainerd, Minnesota, in the spring of 2014. She grew up at Wildlife Encounters, an education/rescue facility in Omaha, Nebraska. They agreed to raise her, socialize her, and help find her a home as they were not equipped to look after a wolf for its whole life. They asked if we might provide her with a permanent home and we said yes.

In 2017, she and Wotan became the parents of five pups. She still enjoys visits with the male pups, but even they can’t handle her level of energy for long. The interns have made her a variety of toys to keep her occupied. One of her favorites is cow-hide balls, which she tosses around happily. She also loves interesting scents and anything she can tear apart.

Joker
Joker Red Fox (male)

Joker is a silver-phase red fox — who was found under a porch. It was clear from his behavior (he was not afraid of humans) that he was not a wild fox. He was clearly an escaped (or abandoned) pet fox.

He was sent to a wildlife rehabilitator who began looking for a permanent home for him. Since Wolf Park’s red fox, Scarlette, was alone, the park was happy to find a nice male to share her enclosure. In April of 2015, Joker came to live with Scarlette. The two became fast friends and have lived together happily ever since. Joker is a calm and confident fox who calmy puts up with Scarlette’s big personality.

Scarlette
Scarlette Red Fox (female)

Born May 12, 2014

Scarlette was brought to Wolf Park in December of 2014 from the Lakeside Nature Center. They had taken possession of her after she was confiscated from her original owner who did not have the proper permits to possess a fox. Luckily, she was a wonderful fit for Wolf Park.

In the spring of 2015, Wolf Park located a male fox to be her companion. Scarlette loved Joker at first sight. He took a little longer to warm up to her but they became a faithfully mated pair and have been devoted to one another ever since.

She likes to take walks around the park and jump on the trampoline. She loves to watch the wolves, whom she thinks might be giant, friendly foxes.

Kestrel in the Snow
Kestrel Gray Fox (male)

Bio coming soon!

Lark
Lark Gray Fox (male)

Bio coming soon!

OUR OTHER SPECIES

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Bison Herd

Wolf park has been home to a small herd of bison since 1982. Our original bison came to us from the Columbia Park Zoo and we’ve continued to grow the herd since then.

Currently Wolf Park is home to 13 bison who give visitors a chance to see the national mammal of the United States and a historic Indiana species. The bison also give our behavior and training seminars a unique species to observe and sometimes train. They are often a favorite among our summer camps and youth programs.

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Sodapop (Male, Dutch Rabbit)

Every summer Wolf Park brings in guinea pigs from the local rescue to assist children’s camps in learning about safe animal handling, training, and more. In 2018, in the rescue also sent a rabbit. Sodapop was so wonderful, that the park decided to make him a permanent addition.

During the summer, Sodapop teaches kids about respecting animals’ boundaries and basic training. During the winter, he helps out in the office. He’s great at greeting UPS and FexEx drivers, but his phone answering skills are still limited.

Sodapop is a laid back rabbit who likes to be where the action is. He’s an escape expert, and keeps the interns on their toes keeping track of him. He prefers spinach to carrots, to everyone’s surprise.