Howling is a form of communication! Because a wolf family’s territory ranges over vast areas, it’s not unusual for members of the pack to become separated from one another. Wolves can call to one another over great distances by howling. A howl’s low pitch and long duration is well suited for transmission on the wild landscape – a wolf’s howl can be heard up to 10 miles away in open terrain! Wolves can howl to locate other wolves, advertise the size of their pack or territory, to warn other family members of danger using a bark howl, and more. Sometimes wolves howl simply for fun and to strengthen faily bonds.
Just like us, each wolf has a unique voice so distinctive features of each individual’s howl allow wolves to identify each other. And when every member of the pack joins the chorus, the singular howls and their harmonies give the listener the impression that pack is larger than it actually is.
Nikai, Zephyr, and Alawa are captive-born gray wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), a 501c3 non-profit organization, in South Salem, NY. As ‘ambassador wolves’ at the WCC, they 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 http://www.nywolf.org/webcams. If you see something cool, let us know!
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