THE STORY BEHIND THIS ALASKAN TUNDRA WOLF PHOTO
The Arctic. Late morning. Day five of my trip. One by one, a pack of Alaskan tundra wolves began to pass by. All I could see were their white, bushy tails. I abandoned my camera and walked towards them. As I got closer, the Alpha male made it very clear that I needed to keep my distance.
I quickly trekked back to my camera while the wolves made their way up a hill. I realized it was my last chance to see them before they disappeared out of sight. As I began taking photographs, the chatter in my head fell silent. It was just me and also the wolves.
The Alpha male and female waited for the others to walk downhill first, then turned around to look at me before walking down themselves. It felt as though they were saying goodbye, for now. Every time I think of them, that gesture puts a smile on my face. I hope to see them again someday. In the meantime, I will be directing my energy towards their preservation.
WOLVES IN ALASKA
The Alaskan tundra wolf is a subspecies of the Grey wolf and only inhabits the Northern tundra regions of Alaska. The white wolf, Polar wolf, Arctic wolf, and also white Arctic wolf are often used to refer to the Alaskan tundra wolf. According to WolfWorlds, there is no other wolf that possesses the same coloring. The Alaskan tundra wolf has two layers of thick fur, a small build, short snouts, and small ears. These features help to keep them warm and dry.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, over seven-thousand wolves call Alaska home. Arctic wolves are social mammals that live in packs of three to twenty. Pack size depends on the availability of caribou, Arctic hares, musk ox, and also other prey. The WWF claims that Arctic wolves are not at high risk of hunting and habitat loss due to their remoteness. Climate change is a major threat to these wolves. With extreme weather, variations come the destruction of the wolf’s food chain. When musk ox and Arctic hares fail to find food, the wolf’s food supply suffers.
WOLVES IN NORTH AMERICA
According to the International Wolf Center wolves once populated most of the northern hemisphere, but habitat loss has forced them to occupy about two-thirds of their previous range.
The white Arctic wolf, Great Plains wolf, Mexican wolf, Northwestern wolf, and also the Eastern timberwolf and all subspecies of the Grey wolf that reside in North America. The Red wolf is a distinct species that also inhabit North America. North American wolves are valuable predators that feed on deer, elk, and other large mammals.
Wolf Quest states that the Great Plains wolf is the most prevalent subspecies of the Grey wolf in the United States. The Great Plains wolf resides in the western Great Lakes region. These wolves were removed from the endangered species list in 2007.
Mexican wolves are the smallest, most uncommon, and also most genetically unique subspecies of the Grey wolf. The Mexican wolf’s range once spanned Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Mexican wolves have been endangered since the late ’70s and around three-hundred currently, live in captivity.
The Northwestern wolf is commonly referred to as the Rocky Mountain wolf. This wolf resides in Alaska and in western portions of the United States and also Canada. The federal government reintroduced the Northwestern wolf to Yellowstone National Park in the late ’90s.
The Eastern timber wolf was the first Grey wolf subspecies to be identified in the United States. They live in the eastern regions of Canada and also the United States. Timberwolves were placed on the endangered species list in the late ’60s. The Red wolf is the most endangered wolf species and is only found in North Carolina. It is much smaller than the Grey wolf, has a slender body, and has a short, reddish-brown coat. There are close to thirty Red wolves in the wild and two-hundred in captivity.
WHY WOLF IMAGES MAKE GREAT FRAMED ART
Framed art transforms the feeling of a space, allowing for a warm and cozy, or crisp and collected feeling. White Wolf images can be placed on a gallery wall, mantle, above a bed, in a living room, in an office, or anywhere that feels ‘right’ for you.
Lone wolf images symbolize freedom. A lone wolf image is for the independent, adventurous soul who is not afraid to take the road less traveled. Wolf images that depict lone wolves make great additions to creative and also empowering spaces. You will be inspired to tap into your bold, daring nature when framed wolf art enters your space.
A pack of white wolves symbolizes family and also community. Wolves are extremely loyal to their packs. They live and hunt together. Similar to pack dynamics, family and community dynamics change over time. Although change is inevitable, the heart of a family or community never dies. Framed wolf pack images symbolize the core energy of togetherness. They remind us of the powerful bond that both family and community hold.
Overall, white Arctic wolves represent intuition, freedom, loyalty, and communication. The frigid conditions that the wolves live in add elements of cleansing and also rugged innocence. Hanging framed art of the Arctic wolf allows the powerful energy of the wolf to emanate off the walls and into your space.
Conservation: How We Can Help the Alaskan Tundra Wolf, Affected by Climate Change
Giving back is important to me. After realizing how much damage is being done to the planet and also its ecosystems, I have urgently felt the need to help. This desire has brought me to several conservation groups and also organizations.
As a fashion photographer, I pay the models. As a wildlife photographer, I cannot pay the animals. So to give back, I joined forces with conservation organizations such as Wolf Conservation Center, CANA Foundation, and World Animal Protection.
When you purchase our photography, a percentage of the sale gets donated to these organizations. Not only will you bring the energy of wild animals into your home or office, but you will also help protect them, too.
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