Rocky Mountain wildlife: Wolf (Canis lupus) (captive animal), in snow, Montana, USA

January 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Rocky Mountain wildlife: Wolf (Canis lupus) (captive animal), in snow, Montana, USA. I photographed this animal at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone. Her name is Adara from the High Country Pack. She was born in captivity in 2009. I prefer animals to be free, but zoos or similar facilities have played and continue to play a role in society. Fortunately modern facilities tend provide more space for the animals and provide novel stimuli (environmental enrichment) to prevent or reduce stereotypical behavior. Here I took advantage of the opportunity to make images at close range and with a lot of detail... something that cannot or should not be done in the wild, at least not under normal circumstances. I positioned myself so that there would be nothing but snow in the background. The snow erased all traces of the enclosure.

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