Taking place at 9am, the Wild Wolf Breakfast is an amazing opportunity to help our keepers feed our Wolves before settling down for a spot of breakfast yourself.
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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Canis lupus arctos
most common location: North America
CONSERVATION STATUS: Unknown
The Arctic wolf (Canis lupus arctos), also known as the white wolf or polar wolf, is a subspecies of grey wolf native to the High Arctic tundra of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth Islands, from Melville Island to Ellesmere Island. Unlike some populations that move between tundra and forest regions, Arctic wolves spend their entire lives north of the northern treeline. Their distribution to south is limited to the northern fringes of the Middle Arctic tundra on the southern half of Prince of Wales and Somerset Islands. It is a medium-sized subspecies, distinguished from the northwestern wolf by its smaller size, its whiter colouration, its narrower braincase and larger carnassials. Since 1930, there has been a progressive reduction in size in Arctic wolf skulls, which is likely the result of wolf-dog hybridization. SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA
The Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus), also known as the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox, is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and common throughout the Arctic tundrabiome. It is well adapted to living in cold environments, and is best known for its thick, warm fur that is also used as camouflage. On average, Arctic foxes only live 3–4 years in the wild. Its body length ranges from 46 to 68 cm (18 to 27 in), with a generally rounded body shape to minimize the escape of body heat.
The Arctic fox preys on many small creatures such as lemmings, voles, ringed seal pups, fish, waterfowl, and seabirds. It also eats carrion, berries, seaweed, and insects and other small invertebrates. Arctic foxes form monogamous pairs during the breeding season and they stay together to raise their young in complex underground dens. Occasionally, other family members may assist in raising their young. Natural predators of the Arctic fox are the red fox, golden eagles, wolverines, wolves, and grizzly bears. [Credit: Wikipedia]
The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest of the true foxes and the most abundant wild member of the Carnivora, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, North America and Eurasia. It is listed as least concern by the IUCN.
Its range has increased alongside human expansion, having been introduced to Australia, where it is considered harmful to native mammals and bird populations. Due to its presence in Australia, it is included among the list of the “world’s 100 worst invasive species”. [credits: Wikipedia]
During the Wild Wolf Breakfast you’ll be able to help our keepers tong feed our Wolves from the safety of the keeper area.
You will be given the opportunity to prepare the food (meat – not for the squeamish), enrichment and tong feed our Wolves at Hoo Zoo. During this amazing experience the keeper will remain with you throughout informing you about the animals and ensuring you’re always safe. The Wolf feeding will take place from the keeper area just outside of the Wolf paddock.
You will then be taken to meet the Wolves near cousins – our Red OR Arctic Foxes – where you’ll be invited into the enclosure to hand feed.
Afterwards you’ll be invited to sit down with a hot drink and either some Vegan Pancakes or a sausage bap before enjoying the rest of your day at Hoo Zoo.
By the keepers discretion we may choose to forgo the food preparation part of the experience in order to allow more time with the animals. This will happen in the event that the keeper decides that the Wolves or Foxes are being more interactive on that day.
Please be aware that as our animals welfare is of utmost importance and we are privileged to be able to get so close to these species – we will not force our animals to do anything against their nature and all interaction is done on their terms.