Living with wolves: Shaun Ellis
About Shaun Ellis
Shaun Ellis is an English animal researcher and wolf expert, known for studying wild wolves and living among them since 1990. He spent years integrating himself in packs of wolves at wildlife parks and has been in different research projects in Poland and United States trying to reintroduce wolves in Great Britain, where they disappeared centuries ago.
Founder of Wolf Pack Management at Combe Martin Wildlife Park in North Devon, he worked with captive wolves, using his senses of smell and sound to better interact with the animals.
In 2005, he lived with three orphaned wolf pups for 18 months teaching them wild wolf behavior including how to howl.
Believing that wolves are very intelligent and instinctive animals with a solid hierarchy he tried to understand their communication and interact with them through body language and vocalisation.
Using their own methods of communication, he also participated in experiences trying to make the wolves stay away from areas where they would be in conflict with humans. The experience tried to make wolves believe that the area was already claimed by another pack, using recorded howls.
Throughout his work, he published several books and participated in diverse documentaries about wolves. The most well-known of these programs "A Man Among Wolves" documents his experiment of raising abandoned captive pups and teaching them how to behave like wolves.
He now works in the Wolf and Dog Research & Education Centre, where he runs courses and seminars about wolves and dogs behavior and communication.
The International Wolf Center criticized Ellis, along with his program Man among Wolves, for its sensationalism. For David Mech, what Ellis does with wolves is not science, he considers him neither a scientist nor an expert on the natural behavior of wolves. Denise Taylor, the executive director of the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, also criticized his methods.
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Teaching a wolf cub to howl
Shaun Ellis, animal researcher notable for living with wolves, gives a wolf pup his first lesson in communication.
Choosing a dog pet
Shaun Ellis gives advice on domestic dogs and how to choose the right puppy for your family.
- The Wolf and Dog Research & Education Centre
Shaun and Kim Ellis work with some volunteers with dogs and hybrids. They also run seminars and organize encounters with
Other wolf researchers
There are a considerable number of people interested in wolf research and protection. I only include here two videos that show other wolf experts than Shaun Ellis and David Mech already mentioned above.
The Wolfman - The diary of Paul Balenovic - BBC
The life story of Paul Balenovic relationship with a wolf pack. Documentary filmed in and around Zagreb and the Velebit Mountains in Croatia. By BBC Natural History Unit
Endangered wolf species
Wolf species decreased about one-third around the world. Persecution by humans and wilderness spaces becoming too small are the most common threats to wolf conservation.
The species now receives legal protection in many countries and there are efforts to wolf reintroduction in areas where they had disappeared .