03 November 2007

Wolf, wolf what's the time

Bed time.....................
Now leave me alone!
The Wolf Sanctuary situated between Plettenburg Bay and Knysna is home to the off spring of a pair of Canadian Timber Wolves imported in the 1980's for breeding purposes.


I was really hoping for some good shots, but these guys had no aspirations to be celebrities. In fact it is more like a study into the sleeping habits of wolves.


It is such a pity that these magnificant cretures will have to spend the rest of their days in captivity.........I would love to see them being returned to the wild, but after a life in captivity this will not be possible.

14 comments:

Jenty said...

They're gorgeous even though they weren't interested in you.

karoline said...

how heartbreaking to see a broken creature..they always look to me to have lost their souls...

k

Anna said...

Wow Max-e that would be something I be scared to photograph in the wild. These are very nice photographs, especially the one with two laying down. Great job, really enjoyed it. Thanks, Anna :)

photowannabe said...

What magnificent animals. Too bad they can't be returned to the wild. I see such boredom in their faces.

Kerri said...

These guys are gorgeous! It is sad that they cannot be returned to their natural habitat.

Max-e said...

Hi Jenty
Nothing I did would make them take notice of me, but I will go back. I'll just make sure that it is at the right time of the day. Maybe some dry wors will do the trick

Max-e said...

Hi Karoline, They are not happy. Wolves need to be in the wide open spaces. When I watch them on the documentaries they always look so happy when they are running free, with the tails wagging.

Max-e said...

Hi Anna,
Thanks for the comments. I do not think that humans have anything to fear from wolves, if we show them the respect they deserve. In fact I recall reading somewhere that wolves have been badly maligned over the years and that there have been very few attacks on man.

Max-e said...

Hi photowannabe, these guys were very intent on sleeping. The centre does have night tours, when I believe the wolves are more active. Having never been taught to hunt, they would never survive in the wild

Max-e said...

Hi Kerri, they are beautiful aren't they. Home for these guys would be Canada. Wherever they go they will have to be fed

living is detail said...

It's been said above but these are beautiful wolves. I hope the keepers at least have some activities for them and change their environment now and then. Wolves are so intelligent.

You can really see where German Shepherds, having a recent wolf ancestor, get so many of their gorgeous features.

Old Wom Tigley said...

These look so dejected, I'd love to see them living free, but I understand the need to keep them caged if they are semi-tame. I hope they have excess to a large compound. The other thing about places like this is by studying and breeding programes more can be understood about them,people can see them up close and are then more likely to get involved in saving the the breed.
Like I said I would rather see them wild, but can not fault your pictures, you've captured a certain look to them that as moved us to comment.

Max-e said...

Hi living is detail
These are indeed beautiful creatures. I think the person who brought them out originally wanted to cross them with German Shepherds. I think the intention is to breed a more viscious guard dog. I don't agree with with that practice. The results are not always what one hopes for.

Max-e said...

Hi Tom
Thanks for your comments.
Many people have been critical about the Wolf Sanctuary, because wolves are not indigenous to South Africa.
Any breeding programmes would be aimed at putting more wolves in cages, as they could never be released in the wilds over here.
I enjoyed seeing the wolves, but I agree with you, they would look nicer in the wilds.