We have endangered White Hudson Bay Wolves at Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park that came from another collection in Europe. The two young females had been ousted from their pack and needed to be rehomed. Combe Martin stepped in and in conjunction with Specialist Wildlife Re-homing Services based near Heathrow, the wolves arrived at the park on Thursday 20th June 2013.
We are really excited to have these white wolves living here on the park along with our European wolves because it gives us the opportunity to educate our visitors on the different habitats and environments that wolves live in and how they adapt to their different surroundings. ‘Colour and Camouflage’ is one of the curriculum key stages and the difference between these two species of wolf is a perfect example of this which will assist us with our education program. It would be a privilege to provide a good home to these wolves who, along with our other wolves here, will become ambassadors for their species. These wolves are endangered and at some point in the future we will be offering a home to an unrelated male with a view to participating in a breeding program with them to protect this species bloodline.”
At the end of January 2014 a 2 yr. old male Hudson Bay Wolf arrived safely at the park from Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam and has been successfully introduced to our two young females that came to us from Germany last June. Hudson Bay Wolves are rare and there are only 12 registered collections in the world where you can see these stunning white wolves. Every care has been taken to check the bloodlines of the male to make sure that the three are unrelated and therefore safe to allow to breed so that they can create their own pack structure. This is important to the welfare of these sociable animals and we are really looking forward to hearing the patter of tiny paws! You can learn more about these mystical creatures at our daily wolf talk which takes place at their enclosure.
There is only one other collection near Lincolnshire that currently has white wolves on permanent display in the UK. Hudson Bay Wolves originate from Alaska, central and north eastern Canada, and the western United States sometimes migrating south with the caribou. Most Hudson Bay Wolves have a creamy white coat; the white hair shafts provide better insulation in the Arctic conditions. Hunting in packs they will prey on caribou, moose and bison but will also feed on smaller animals when their larger prey is scarce. They were hunted extensively in the 19th century and early 20th century for their pelts.
We had 2 wolf pups born in 2015 (see images below)