February 27, 2014

Crying Wolves

Photograph by Petra Warner, National Geographic Your Shot

"Wolves are especially hard to photograph in the wild," writes Petra Warner, a member of National Geographic Your Shot. "This picture was taken at Wolf Park in Indiana, a wildlife and research facility primarily focused on wolves but also on foxes, coyotes, and bison. Not only do they do a wonderful job with wildlife conservation, but they also increase awareness via education and photo workshops."

While attending one of the photo workshops, Warner had the opportunity to see the animals up close. "I specifically chose a winter's day so that the timber wolves would stand out against the snow, and one howl from a staff member sent this group of wolves a-howling—and thus this picture."

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68 comments
Skylar Peatling Meehan
Skylar Peatling Meehan

Beautiful! I just love wolfs! In schools where doing projects and I'm doing a article wolf and snow leopard!:)

Anastacio Hernandez
Anastacio Hernandez

Great picture, beautiful animals. 


Kudos to those outstanding people running Wolf Park in Indiana, keep up the good work fellows!

Harry Carter
Harry Carter

i love wolves,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,beautiful animals

Linda Ward Kirkendale
Linda Ward Kirkendale

Oh my gosh, what a delightful story.  A staff member howled and set the wolves off to howling.  I love it and fantastic shot!

Brayden Hirst
Brayden Hirst

i just con't stop thinking about the wolfs...

David McLellan
David McLellan

Never seen a live wolf,just pictures, always thought it was one of the most beautiful animals in the world.

Rudy Vozza
Rudy Vozza

I have a summer cabin in wolf country,though Ive never seen them just hearing them in the middle of the night gives me the willies,by the my name Rudolph means "son of wolf" yipes

Raul Tejedor
Raul Tejedor

This photo inspired a legend .... the timing is perfect !!!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Now thats what I call a howling good portrait ! Congrats:on this great picture, that you have shared with us. I have always enjoyed wolf pictures, 'tho I never have had the chance to be up close with them, worse luck, or maybe thats good luck!  They are great animals, thats for sure.  j.e.s.   

James Wales
James Wales

When we do that, it's a sign that our pack is happy and healthy.  I remember when a cougar killed the omega of the Sawtooth pack, there was no group howls for months and the individuals who did howl sounded sad.

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

They love vocalizing  and harmonizing together.  I love these animals so much and this picture captures them so well.  There are wolves where I live but most people are motivated to kill them as if destroying such a powerful predator makes them more of a man. 

Luke Stephenson
Luke Stephenson

There was recently a report of wolves in my area which is great news.

Kristina Nielsen
Kristina Nielsen

It feels like the three wolves are standing in an frozen world consisting only of icy nothingness. It is rather mesmerizing, actually.

Moin Ahsan
Moin Ahsan

Wonderful capture of the Wolf Spirit. Thoroughly enjoyed.


Janice H.
Janice H.

Magnificent.     Love this!        Almost looks like a painting.        Beautiful animals!

Doug Glesner
Doug Glesner

Beautiful animals, I live in northern Indiana and had never heard oft his place.

Anthony Carado
Anthony Carado

Nice image, but wolves belong in the wild, not locked up behind a fence in Indiana. They're probably howling from despair. With the exception of caring for injured animals, holding wild animals behind a fence is deplorable. The money and effort would be much better spent teaching people who live in areas that hold wild wolf populations how to live with them instead of the steady push to have them shot on sight.

Larry Hawley
Larry Hawley

Beautiful picture ! have had several opportunities to view wolves in the wild and believe them to be so majestic,thanks for sharing this  with us,id like to frame this one !

Felix McKinnon
Felix McKinnon

A very amazing and cunning carnivore. May they live with freedom in the wilds.

Felix McKinnon
Felix McKinnon

Very amazing and cunning carnivore. May they live and hunt with freedom in the wilds.

Jen Tait
Jen Tait

@Anthony Carado  wolves howl as a form of communication. Stop anthropomorphizing them and assuming they feel human emotions. They do not. They are wolves, not people and while they certainly have emotions, they are not human emotions. You do not understand them. They are not like ours.

You don't know WHY they are in the wildlife facility. Many wolves are in facilities like this because they cannot make it on their own in the wild due to hunters and poachers. You also have no idea of the size of the facility. Some research facilities are thousands of acres. So before you get all high and mighty, do a little research.

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