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Wildwood welcomes three-week-old wolf cubs at Wildwood, Canterbury

By Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Visitors to Wildwood were thrilled to be greeted by four adorable wolf cubs as they ventured out for the first time today.

Keepers at the woodland discovery park in Herne Bay have been keeping a watchful eye on first-time mum, Nuna, as she nursed her cubs over the last three weeks.

With state-of-the-art video surveillance their every move has been monitored, and expert keepers at Wildwood are pleased to say all four cubs are in excellent health.

The four wolf cubs ventured out for the first time today (2453231)
The four wolf cubs ventured out for the first time today (2453231)

Wildwood’s co-founder Peter Smith said: "For many centuries, the European grey wolf, Canis lupus, has been a much-maligned animal, persecuted due to fear, hate and misunderstanding.

"Today, with a new understanding of the wolf, many myths depicting the wolf as a villain have been dispelled and it is coming to be respected as the awe-inspiring animal it truly is.

"It is the Wildwood Trust’s mission to continue to educate and inspire visitors on the facts about this animal, and their arrival to Wildwood cites the beginning of what will be an exciting campaign and research project.

"It's a great privilege to have these magnificent animals at our Canterbury site to continue to help us tell their story.”

The two wolves, female Nuna and male Odin are beginning the creation of a new wolf pack and will continue the Wildwood Trust’s mission to educate and champion research into the long-term benefits of rewilding Britain, to bring back flourishing ecological diversity.

Wolves are well known as alpha predators, and can help shape the ecology of land to help it restore a vast range of wildlife by keeping wild herbivorous numbers in check.

Guests at Wildwood were delighted to see the adorable youngsters (2453233)
Guests at Wildwood were delighted to see the adorable youngsters (2453233)

Since opening in 1999, Wildwood has helped to save some of Britain's most threatened wildlife species – including the water vole, European beaver, hazel dormouse and red squirrel.

Officials at the park hope to someday reintroduce wolves to "appropriate areas" of Britain.

With a dedicated and experienced wolf keeper team behind the scenes at Wildwood, it is hoped that the huge wolf facility will provide the perfect environment for the new cubs to blossom and learn the ways of the wolf pack.

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