White wolves coming to Combe Martin
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Two Hudson Bay wolves will receive a new home at Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park.
RARE White Hudson Bay wolves are arriving at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park on Wednesday.
The two young females had been ousted from their pack at another collection in Europe and needed to be rehomed, so the Combe Martin attraction stepped in, working with Specialist Wildlife Re-homing Services, based near Heathrow.
“We are really excited to have these white wolves living here on the park along with our European wolves because it gives us the opportunity to educate our visitors on the different habitats and environments that wolves live in and how they adapt to their different surroundings,” said Park Director Dawn Gilbert.
“‘Colour and camouflage’ is one of the curriculum key stages and the difference between these two species of wolf is a perfect example of this which will assist us with our education program.
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“It would be a privilege to provide a good home to these wolves who, along with our other wolves here, will become ambassadors for their species.
“These wolves are an endangered species and at some point in the future we will be offering a home to an unrelated male with a view to participating in a breeding program with them to protect this species bloodline.”
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It is thought there is only one other collection, near Lincolnshire, that currently has white wolves on permanent display in the UK. Hudson Bay wolves originate from Alaska, central and north eastern Canada, and the western United States, sometimes migrating south with the caribou.
Most Hudson Bay Wolves have a creamy white coat; the white hair providing better insulation in the Arctic conditions. Hunting in packs they will prey on caribou, moose and bison but will also feed on smaller animals when larger prey is scarce.
They were hunted extensively in the 19th century and early 20th century for their pelts.