Howls, Kisses, and Growls – Gestures of Intimacy and Enthusiasm for Wolves


Wolf greeting behavior involves tail-wagging, muzzle licking, tail tucking, + varied vocalizations — all gestures of intimacy and enthusiasm that reaffirm the unique emotional bonds that shape the foundation of the family.

For wolves, it’s all about family.

Zephyr and Nikai are captive-born gray wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), a 501c3 non-profit organization, in South Salem, NY. They are two of the three ‘ambassador wolves’ at the WCC that help teach the public about wolves and their vital role in the environment.

If you want to watch Zephyr, Alawa, Nikai or the WCC’s critically endangered Mexican gray wolves or red wolves in live time, visit our live wolf webcams at If you see something cool, let us know!

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