Lil’ Bear and Tala….

A grizzly cub and wolf pup named Lil Bear and Tala are playing their hearts out at the Woodland Zoo gift shop.  So adorable. They are still friends today. Enjoy.


Video: Courtesy YouTube denmortube

Posted in: Wolf Education

Tags: Lil’ bear, Tala, best friends, grizzy cub, wolf pup

Published in: on February 13, 2012 at 5:05 am  Comments (12)  
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“It’s In Our Nature”…..

“There’s No Greater Act of Hospitality Than To Embrace A Stranger As One’s Own.

It’s In Our Nature”

That’s the tag line for a wonderful commercial conceived by Shangri-La Hotels.  If you’ve already seen it, you’ll love it all over again and if you haven’t,  it will bring you joy and peace.

The making of: It’s In Our Nature


Wallpaper: Courtesy Shangri-La TV AD

Videos: Courtesy Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity, wolf education

Tags: “It’s In Our Nature”, nature and harmony, embracing a stranger, the benevolence of wolves

The Wolf Science Center’s PUPPIES!

A little change of pace to put a smile on your face. This is a video of hand-reared wolf pups from the Wolf Science Center in Germany.

Click Here To Visit Site


From their website:

Meet our wolves and witness scientific research at the Wolf Science Center.

This research center and exceptional wolf keeping facility is the place where the similarities between wolves, dogs and humans are explored.

The wolves are hand-raised by scientists and therefore have a close and trustful working relationship with us. They regularly participate in cooperative and cognitive tasks to study their mental abilities and to keep them physically and mentally busy which also benefits their welfare.

Come and watch some of our scientific activities and interactions with the wolves!”


Wolf Science Center’s YouTube Channel


Posted in: gray wolf, wolf education

Tags: Wolf Science Center, Germany, black wolf pups, beauty of wolves, puppies at play

Atka the Arctic Wolf…

Here are a few videos from the Wolf Conservation Center that star Atka, their ambassador Arctic wolf.  He’s the same ambassador wolf that visited Diane’s sixth graders in New York, last December. He’s a real beauty.

I want to promote a positive wolf day every week, so we can focus on the good things. There is so much bad news, it’s bringing us all down.

I urge people, to send me positive educational wolf videos they may find or create themselves. I’m convinced we need to do more to promote wolf education and focus on the positive. It’s just as important as reporting on the daily barrage of bad wolf news we are subjected to.

So enjoy Atka, he’s a quite wonderful wolf ambassador. Thank you to the Wolf Conservation Center for the amazing work they do educating the public and especially young people about the importance of  wolves!!


The Wolf Conservation Center


Photos: Courtesy Wolf Conservation Center

Videos: Courtesy Wolf Conservation Center

Posted in: Wolf Education, gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: Wolf Conservation Center, Atka the ambassador wolf, positive wolf education, dispelling wolf myths, wolf acceptance

Guard Donkeys? Ranchers Turn To Crabby Equines To Watch Over Livestock!

Páramo baby donkey

More and more ranchers, in the US and around the world, are using guard donkeys to protect their livestock from predators. 

There is no love lost between the Equidae and Canidae families. Donkeys, especially jennies, are very protective of animals they graze with and will run at, chase,stomp, kick and even kill any canine they encounter. They are also used to guard cattle from jaguars in Belize.

If ranchers are looking to protect their livestock from minimal predation, they might want to shell out $300 and purchase a donkey. This could be the answer to their problem. Now wouldn’t that be a kick in the ass?


Guard Donkeys Help Ranchers Protect Herds

Aug 7, 2007 9:59 am US/Central Associated Press

(AP) MILANO Coyotes and wild dogs were slaughtering calves on Herbie Vaughan’s ranch in the Cedar Creek valley south of Milano until about eight years ago when he took an old-timer’s advice and installed guard donkeys in the herd.

“When I put the donkeys out there, I no longer had a coyote problem,” says Vaughan. “It’s like they disappeared. I don’t know why, but it worked.”

Sage ranchers have learned to take advantage of the intrinsic aggression between members of the Equidae and Canidae families, said Jon Gersbach, Texas Cooperative Extension county agent for ag and natural resources in Milam County.

In short, horses, donkeys, mules, and zebras loathe the company of dogs, wolves and their coyote cousins, and they are not too nice about it either, Gersbach said.

Donkeys, the most intolerant of the family, will “attack and kick” coyotes and dogs, Gersbach said.

“They will bray, run them down, bite them, and either chase them off, or if they get the chance, they will kick them, and they will pound them.”

They are very protective in the right environment, thus, there is a formula for a successful donkey security system, Gersbach said.

Jennies rather than the jacks of the species are superior pasture guards because of maternal, protective characteristics, Gersbach said. Donkeys, or burros, gravitate toward bonding with whatever livestock happens to share their pasture, whether it is horses, cattle, sheep, or goats.

However, too many donkeys in one meadow will encourage herd behavior and yield less effective protection. The most effective pasture guardians arrive at a young age and grow up among their animal neighbors. Donkeys have the advantage over working dogs in pasture settings because they eat the same food as other livestock, Gersbach said.

Guarding Vaughan’s herd is two Jennies and a jack colt.

“I have had a couple of jacks, but I had to get rid of them,” Vaughan said. “It is my understanding in talking with other folks, if jacks are not raised being around cows, sometimes they get a little aggressive toward cows. The jack I have out there right now is young. The whole time he’s been on the place, he’s been with those cattle, and he doesn’t seem to have a problem.”

Vaughan’s sentry-duty donkeys require little maintenance, and routinely demonstrate an attitude problem, the same inbred stubbornness, and ornery characteristics associated with a mule — the offspring of a male donkey and mare.

“They eat the grass and drink the water, I worm them and check their hooves. They will come up to the truck and eat peppermint candy out of my hand,” Vaughan said. Freckles, Happy and Little One respond when Vaughan whistles and are treated as pets, nibbling treats offered by the children, he said.
Vaughan paid about $300 for the two Jennies, and borrowed a jack, hence the arrival of Little One.

Though they act like family pets, they have behaved ferociously toward Vaughan’s two German shepherds, Char and PC, and “tried to stomp them.”

John Young, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department mammalogist of Austin, said donkeys and llamas are widely used among ranchers, particularly those with goats and sheep, to protect farm animals from predators.

“They are going to try to kick them, stomp them, they run at them, bite them, grab them, and throw them around if they can. If they can catch one, they will kill it,” Young said.

Confrontations between a burro and coyote are usually one-on-one because pack behavior by coyotes is uncommon, said Young, a coyote expert. Coyotes weigh an average of 25 pounds, and normally attack calves that are newborn, sick or injured, he said.

Texas Cooperative Extension reported that between 1,000 to 1,800 of Texas’ 11,000 sheep and goat producers use donkeys as pasture defenders. In one survey, 59 percent of producers rated donkeys, good or fair for deterring predators, primarily coyotes. In Colorado, 99.3 percent of sheep producers use donkeys to protect their herds, the extension service reported.

Experts recommend challenging a new donkey with a dog to test its response to canines, and to bypass donkeys that are not aggressive.

Donkey defenders are commonplace on small cattle operations, but large ranchers merely budget for calf losses from illness and predators, Gersbach said. Donkey devotees swear by their pasture protectors, though.

“If they save one calf a year, they are paying for their own way,” Gersbach said. “There will be some people that will swear by them, and there will be some people that are not going to be interested in them.”


Smart Asses: Are Donkeys a Rancher’s Best Weapon for Protecting Cattle from Jaguars?


Ranchers turn to natural security vs. wolves



Thanks Grey Wolf for bringing this to my attention and for the link!

Photo: Courtesy Sebeka * Menagha Review Messenger, Wikimedia Commons and FunPic

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, wolf education, Ranchers using proactive measures

Tags: donkeys, guard animals, pro-active ranchers

April is “The Month Of The Wolf” At The University of Colorado, Boulder

The University of Colorado, Boulder is having month long lectures on wolves in April.  They are calling it  The Month Of  The Wolf

With the news wolves have taken up residence at the  High Lonesome Ranch, northeast of Grand Junction, these lectures are perfectly timed.

If you live in Colorado or want to travel to hear the lectures, these are the dates and times.  Thanks Suzanne for making me aware of this.



The Month of The Wolf

The University of Colorado, Boulder

       March 31, 6:00PM The Wolf and the Tangled Food Web

       April 13, Noon Join the Conversation! Yellowstone Wolves

       April 16, 2:00PM  Mission Wolf

       April 17, 2:00PM  The Politics of the Wolf

      April 21, 6:00PM  The “Big Bad” Wolf: The Western View of the Wolf

Posted in: Colorado Wolves, wolf education, Biodiversity, gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: learning about wolves, wolves in Colorado?, University of Colorado,

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