Welcome Nira sponsors!
We hope you have all indulged in a long, enjoyable summer and are
looking forward to a blustery, exciting fall! We would like to apologize
for the slight delay in getting the Fall updates to you. Needless
to say, the past few months have been extraordinary. Wolf Timbers
has enjoyed a productive open season this year, welcoming guests
from far and wide. Being open every Sunday from May through October
kept the wolves social calendars very busy. The company of Wolf
Timbers visitors graced even the really yucky weather
days. As the days get shorter and the nights cooler, Wolf Timbers
is preparing to button down for the winter. We will still be having
our Howl Night on November 16th, and be on the lookout for our second
annual Winter Wolf Celebration in the New Year. Nira is eager to
have the warm summer winds traded for some of a cooler range. Fall
is his favorite time of year, next to winter, with the cooler temperatures
and breeding season right around the corner. His winter fur is starting
to fill in, giving him a well fed wolf look. We wont
tell him he looks plump, that would hurt his feelings. The different
shades of color displayed in his coat are especially noticeable
this time of year. Black, white and a tinge of silver blend together
to complete his fall to winter ensemble. This shade variance makes
him an attractive photo subject, if he would only cooperate. Nira
will not sit or strike a pose for the camera if he catches
you trying to take a photo of him. He will either walk away from
you or trot towards youmaking any photo difficult to obtain.
Therefore, one must be a bit sneaky if you are trying to film Nira.
Sometimes the volunteers are used to attract Nira`s attentionthereby
allowing a photo of him to be obtained. Nira is currently up to
date on all his vaccinations and seems to be in excellent health.
He maintains a weight around 110 pounds and keeps trim by pacing
the perimeter of the enclosure and keeping Keeley and Ingo in line.
He still maintains his Alpha status over Ingo although it is the
collective opinion of the volunteers that Nira has two main reasons
to liveeating and belly rubs. This breeding season will be
an interesting one at Wolf Timbers. Ingo has reached his sexual
maturity and may just give Nira a little competition this year.
Wolf Timbers tried something a little different this year by hosting
Howl Nights. Wolves are nocturnal creatures and like
to do their activities in the evening hours. Howl nights give our
visitors the chance to see the wolves at their best time. One would
think that with a title such as Howl Night, it would
include howling. The wolves saw this a different way. No measure
of volunteer or visitor howling could get Nira, Keeley and Ingo
to perform a full tilt howl. There was many a whine, whimper and
a few squeaks, but nothing that would have done them justice. Nira
seems to enjoy being a ham, but that leans more to soliciting belly
rubs then howling. Keeley and Ingo will often look to Nira to start
the howl so they can join him in a sing along. Even though Wolf
Timbers is closed to the public for the regular open season, the
volunteers continue to come out on a weekly basis to work with the
wolves and help maintain Wolf Timbers. I guess you could say that
wintertime is Niras vacation. He will eat, sleep and probably
reign as Alpha of the Wolf Timbers pack over the winter. Wolf Timbers
hopes all of you were able to visit Nira this season. We would like
to thank you, as Niras sponsor, for helping make the 2001
open season such a success!