Once inside the pen – it was great – these big beautiful creatures were just hanging out with you. These two cuddled up in the sun and took a nap.
At first we sat down and a few of the wolves came over to say hi – the first few minutes are basically just letting them sniff you. I was a bit worried they might smell my dogs – but the staff assured me that wouldn’t affect them at all. They’re not dogs – even though – that’s what you think when you’re in there – “oh they’re big dogs!”
After a few minutes with them – we were allowed to get up and walk over to the platform they like to hang out on. They LOVE their bellies rubbed and to have their heads scratched. About half of them have been there since birth and half were rescued. The bottle-fed ones are much more sociable with people. If you have a pony tail – don’t be surprised if you get a new hair style by the end of the day. 🙂 They like to rub their scent on you – almost more cat-like at times.
I had so much fun! The encounter with the wolves is $20 per person (and they do take credit cards). It was just so cool to pet these beautiful animals. We also learned a lot about their behaviors and their personalities. There was another area with younger and WAY more rambunctious ones – but I didn’t feel comfortable taking photos in there. Those kids were rough!
They don’t really pose – but we had a great time with them and got some interesting shots. I never felt “in danger” – they really were like big dogs as far as petting them and their behavior towards people.
If you’re thinking about visiting – I would advise a cool day – with all that fur they can tend to get agitated more quickly in the heat. We were in with the wolves for probably an hour – so it’s a good amount of time! (I was afraid it would be 2 minutes in and out.)
Overall – the Scenic Road Rally was fun and we’d do it again – especially for the Scavenger Hunt version. And the Wolf Habitat – if you’re an animal lover – go! It was great.