Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre
Watch Wolves Living in the Wild; See Wolves Eat Beavers
The Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre lies within the Central Ontario Haliburton Highlands. The Centre features a captive pack of Grey Wolves (Canis Lupus) and, at the time of my visit in May 2009, had four male and two female wolves. This lens will introduce you to the wolves and explain some of their eating habits.
The Haliburton Forest is located on Redken Road and can be reached via Highways 118, 35, and 121. On Hwy 118, at West Guilford, turn north and cross the bridge to take County Road 7 for approximately 20 kilometres and follow the large red signs to the Base Camp, the entrance point into Haliburton Forest. Their phone number is (705) 754-9653.
Smudge, the 10 year old alpha male, watches the pack.
In July 1996 the 15 acre Wolf Centre was opened to the public. One-way glass windows in the interpretive facility allow close study of the wolf pack without causing any harmful interference. A few trees and foliage have been cleared away from the window area to provide a clear sunny area to view the wolves. This lens is dedicated to the Haliburton Pack that I observed:
Four healthy wolf pups were born at the Wolf Centre on April 27, 2011. They have been named: Luna, Lonestar, Logan and Layla. It was the first wolf pups born in three years. At the end of April 2012 six additional pups were born. Two of the pups were donated to the Wolf Science Centre of the University of Vienna, Austria.
For a sad up-date, Grisham passed away in October 2012.
Ginger, the alpha female, enjoys the sun.
Haida is the youngest male in the wolf pack. - The yellow eyes in his black face are hypnotizing.
Grisham is one of the most beautiful wolves in the pack.Click thumbnail to view full-size
The open sunny area around the interpretive facility is ideal for resting.Click thumbnail to view full-size
As feeding time approaches, the pack becomes energized.
Warning: The pictures that follow are graphic.
The Wolf Centre feeds the wolves every seven to ten days. The feedings are on a random basis to prevent the wolves from getting domesticated. Food can include road kill or animals, such as beavers, brought to the interpretive facility. The food is frozen and thawed the morning of feeding day. We were extremely lucky to be at the Wolf Centre when all six wolves were in the cleared area, and during feeding time.
The following photographs show the wolves feeding on four large beavers. The beavers are anchored to the ground with wires to prevent the wolves from taking the food into the woods.
It's feeding time. - A yummy beaver.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Tragedy Occurs On January 1, 2013
Unfortunately, on New Years Eve, vandals cut an opening in the fence that surrounds the 15 square kilometre wolf centre. Four wolves escaped. Either Haida, the alpha male, or his son Logan was found dead from gun shots. Later, Haida's mate, Granite, was found severely wounded from gunshots and was tended to by the local vet. Staff were still trying to reunite the other two wolves with the rest of the pack.
Describes the social interaction of wolves in a pack as they share the work of hunting, maintaining territory, and raising young.
Link to the Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre
- Wolf Centre
This web site will give you updates on the wolves living at the Centre, open hours, directions, ect.