Thursday, October 18, 2012

Live wolves to visit Southington school

Live wolves to visit Southington school


Wolves came to Kennedy Middle School annually for the past five years and proved to be so popular that they are returning once again. A wolf conservation group called Mission: Wolf travels the country spreading awareness of the furry and majestic creatures and the perils they face. The school program, which is open to the public, is known as the Ambassador Wolf Program.

According to Ed Harris of the Southington Observer, “The group looks to communicate why wolves and wolf-dog crosses do not make suitable pets and how everyone can support wild recovery throughout the country.” Aside from its traveling education program, Mission: Wolf also provides “an educational facility and peaceful refuge for about 40 captive born gray wolves and wolf-dog crosses located in the mountains of southern Colorado,” said Harris.

Mission: Wolf is an educational program that consists of an informational session, question and answer time, and a close-up meet-and-greet with actual wolves. The event takes place at Kennedy Middle School on Wednesday, October 24 at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased in advance at several locations in Southington: Southington Veterinary Associates, Petco, Lone Oak Farm Kennel, and also Animal House in Wolcott.

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Fun facts for kids about wolves:

1. Wolves are the ancestors of domestic dogs.
2. Wolf pups are born deaf and blind. It takes them about 8 months before they can actively join in packs.
3. Arctic wolves can go several days without eating. (You don’t want to run into one of those hungry critters!)
4. Wolves have 2 layers of fur and can survive in temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero Celsius.

Source: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/wolf.html

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