Photo Friday Challenge: Partners
The High Country wolf pack at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana, represent this week’s theme of “Partners” for me. I visited this pack in 2011, and again in 2013. This photo was taken in the summer of 2011, and shows the pack greeting each other after dinner, reaffirming their pack connection and status. As a pack, as partners, they work together for survival, whether in the wild or at special reserves.
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is focused on conservation of grizzly bears and wolves, and especially education. The best times to visit the center are in the early morning when it opens or in the evening, as the bears and wolves are most active around these times, which are also meal times. It’s open year round, and the bears don’t hibernate. Children can participate in Keeper Kids, which is an opportunity to hide fruit around the bear exhibits (while the bears are safely locked away). This helps to enrich the bears’ feeding experience by providing a variety of fruits to supplement their diet, and hiding them means that the bears have to work for their treats. A visit to the center is inexpensive, and a great stop to add onto your Yellowstone National Park vacation.
The pack has since split into two packs, which is a natural evolution of the pack dynamics and often happens in the wild, but these two packs bring the total number of packs at the Center to three. Watching the dynamics of the pack is interesting and enlightening, and a great way to see Yellowstone wolves. I have never had the opportunity to see them in the wild in Yellowstone, but I can get pretty close at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.
What do you think of the partnership among wolves? How close have you been to wolves? Let me know in the comments!