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Wild Kids Articles

Here in the Wild Kids section you’ll find fun facts and stories about wolves and wildlands published in the International Wolf magazine and written just for kids. 

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Winter 2016

Notes from the Field: As nights start getting crisper and aspen trees turn gold, beavers begin preparing to live all winter beneath the ice.

Activity: Which wolf gets dinner? Can you guess which wolf finds the prey? Follow the lines to see if you’re right!

Meet the Pup Brothers: Adult wolves Aidan, Denali and Boltz have adopted the arctic wolf pups, Axel and Grayson.

wildkids_fall2016 Fall 2016

Notes from the Field: We got Axel and Grayson from Canada when they were very young. They came from a litter of four, so they are brothers.

Activity: Arctic Pups Word Find

Meet the Pup Brothers: Axel and Grayson were born on May 2, 2016. They are arctic wolves, a subspecies of the gray wolf species. The arctic wolf subspecies consists of a few hundred to a few thousand individuals in the wild, and only around 100 in captivity, so Axel and Grayson are actually very rare!

wildkids_summer2016 Summer 2016

Notes from the Field: With spring just around the corner, wolf pups will be born into the packs.

Vocabulary: Crossword Puzzle

Meet the Pack: The “old man” of our Exhibit pack is Grizzer. He is 12 years old, which is old for a wolf, and he was born on May 5, 2004. Grizzer is a Great Plains subspecies of the gray wolf.

wildkids_spring2016 Spring 2016

Notes from the Field: With spring just around the corner, wolf pups will be born into the packs.

Vocabulary: Double Puzzle

Meet the Pack: Boltz came to the International Wolf Center in 2012 when he and Luna were very young pups.

wildkids_winter2015 Winter 2015

Notes from the Field: Winter is the easiest time for wolf tracking because in snow, the signs, including tracks, scent posts and scat are more visible.

Activity: Double Puzzle

Meet the Pack: Ambassador wolf Luna is a Great Plains subspecies of the Gray wolf. Three-and-a-half years old, she is the only female in the exhibit pack at the interpretive center in Ely, Minnesota.

wildkids_fall2015 Fall 2015

Notes from the Field: Wolves in the wild in this area are born in late April or early May. During the late summer and early fall, the pups live with the pack in an area called a rendezvous site.

Activity: Make a Word

Meet the Pack: Denali is a Rocky Mountain subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus occidentalis). He is the largest member of the Exhibit Pack at the International Wolf Center, weighing approximately 135 pounds.

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Summer 2015

Notes from the Field: Wolves around the world mostly eat hoofed animals scientists call ungulates. This includes deer, antelope, musk ox, caribou, elk, bison, and moose.

Activity: Word Find

Meet the Pack: Aidan turned seven years old earlier this year. He continues to be the dominant male in the pack. 

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Spring 2015

Notes from the Field: Winter is a great time for scientists to track and study wolves, because wolves are easily seen against the white winter snow, especially from an airplane.

Activity: Word Search

Meet the Pack: Grizzer is a Great Plains subspecies of the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus nubilus). He is currently the only wolf in retirement at the International Wolf Center.

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Winter 2014

Learn With Wild Kids
When Jacob Tespa, age 12, visited the International Wolf Center for a Wolf Watch program this past summer, he had a chance to learn and practice what biologists do. 

Activity: Word Find 

Meet the Pack: Boltz is a Great Plains subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus). Boltz joined the exhibit pack July 30, 2012.

wildkids_fall2014

Fall 2014

What Inspires You? Wolves often provide inspiration. Being inspired means that something or someone has influenced you in a way that makes you want makes you want to take action.

Activity: Word Find

Meet the Pack: Luna came to the International Wolf Center in 2012. She is a Great Plains subspecies of Canis lupus, the gray wolf. Luna is the only female in the Center’s Exhibit Pack.

WildKids Summer 2014

Summer 2014

Notes from the Field: Have you ever gone for a hike and found signs that an animal had been there? Animal signs are little clues that show us that animals live in the area. These signs can be as diverse as holes, scaly skin, bones and nests.

Activity: Word Find

Meet the Pack: Aidan was born on April 27, 2008, and since then has been part of the International Wolf Center’s Exhibit Pack with his littermate Denali.

Spring 2014 WildKids

Spring 2014

Birthday Girl Raises Money for Wolves
It’s not every day that a 10-year-old foregoes birthday presents, raises money to support wolves and convinces her parents to travel more than 2,000 miles to deliver the donation in person.

Activity: Make-a-Word

Meet the Pack: Denali is the largest member of the International Wolf Center’s Exhibit Pack. Many visitors mistakenly assume Denali is the dominant member of the pack due to his size.

 

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