Wolves at GWDC
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is home for seven Yellowstone wolves that live in three different packs. The wolves were born in captivity and are unable to live in the wild. The facilities they were born in did not have room to keep them and the GWDC was able to provide them a home. Here, the wolves give visitors an up-close look at their normally secretive lives.
Features such as tall grass, logs, trees and a pond with a waterfall give the wolves a very comfortable natural home. The keepers provide plenty of stimulation by hiding bones or sprinkling spices and other unusual scents. Live trout are added to the pond during the summer. A natural diet of elk and deer meat, hides and bones are provided by local hunters and meat processors.
Meet the Wolves
River Valley Pack
AKELA AND KOOTENAI
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center’s River Valley pack consists of two wolves, Akela and Kootenai. They arrived at the Center as 5-week-old pups in the spring of 2007 from another captive facility in Montana. Akela is a bold and tenacious wolf and was named after the leader of the wolf pack in the story “Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. She has a beautiful light ash-colored coat with gorgeous amber eyes. Her brother Kootenai was named after Kootenai National Forest in Montana and the Kootenai Native American Tribe in Idaho. He has a narrow head with a fluffy light grey coat. Kootenai has a very playful personality and enjoys playing games of tag with Akela. They often howl back & forth with the Center’s other wolf packs. Adopt the River Valley Pack.