THE wolves at Combe Martin Wildlife Park are enjoying the novelty of watching their enclosure get a facelift as it is transformed it into a reflection of their natural habitat. Artisans from local company Rocky Habitats are using humble sand and cement to
THE wolves at Combe Martin Wildlife Park are enjoying the novelty of watching their enclosure get a facelift as it is transformed it into a reflection of their natural habitat.Artisans from local company Rocky Habitats are using humble sand and cement to reproduce rocks and features the North American timber wolves might expect to see "back home" at places such as Yellowstone National Park.Their work has become a feature at the park in a variety of animal enclosures, where they have skilfully crafted the cement surface to look like natural rock formations or stunning sculptures. There is a need for haste because "wolfman" Shaun Ellis and partner Helen Jeffs of Wolfpack Management are about to welcome a film crew and a national celebrity for another round of filming at the end of the month.The identity of their celebrity guest has to remain secret for now, but the filming follows in the wake of Shaun's success with a National Geographic documentary last summer called A Man Among Wolves.But he said the film work was secondary to the main reason for renovating the enclosure shared by Yana, Tamaska, Matsi and their pack:"It is for the environmental benefit of the animals," he said."This year we want to give the public a look at their natural environment - in fact it's kind of like a 'Gladiator' arena for wolves in which these guys can hone the skills that they would have in the wild."Helen and I are doing a lot of film work during the next three years, both at the park and abroad, we will have different production companies filming here on a number of projects.