PICTURES OF ARCTIC WOLVES
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Never-seen-before pictures of the white wolf in -56º F temperature. At the bottom of this page, you will find my experiences photographing these beautiful, elusive arctic wolves, and how climate change is affecting them.
PICTURES OF ARCTIC WOLVES
Pictures of the rarely seen rarely photographed Arctic wolf
It’s so difficult to take pictures of arctic wolves, which are also known as white wolves or polar wolves. My knowledge of this amazing creature grew as I set out to create snow wolf art. They are a subspecies of grey wolves native to Canada’s Queen Elizabeth Islands, from Melville Island to Ellesmere Island. As I set out to capture arctic wolf photography, I have learned so much about this amazing animal. Arctic Wolves have achieved life spans of over 18 years or so in captivity; however, in the wild, the average life span is only 7 – 10 years. They are a medium-sized subspecies, distinguished from the northwestern wolf by its smaller size, its whiter coloration, its narrower braincase, and also larger carnassials. I have learned so much in my expedition to photograph wolf images.
Since 1930, there has been a progressive reduction in size in Arctic wolf skulls, which is likely the result of wolf-dog hybridization. I have learned so much when I took pictures of arctic wolf, enjoy the images and amazing facts.
Arctic Wolf and Humans Interactions
The Arctic wolf is relatively unafraid of people and also can be coaxed to approach people in some areas. The wolves on Ellesmere Island don’t fear humans, because they very seldom see humans. In 1977, scientists were approached by 6 wolves on Ellesmere, one of the wolves leaped at one of the scientists. A number of incidents involving aggressive wolves have occurred in Nunavut, where the wolves have lived in close proximity to the local weather station for decades and also became habituated to humans.
One of these wolves attacked 3 people, was shot, and also tested positive for rabies. Little is known about the movement of the Arctic wolves, mainly due to climate. The only time at which the wolf migrates is during the wintertime when there is complete darkness for 24 hours. This makes them hard to research. I photographed these pictures of arctic wolves in March.
Pictures of arctic wolf shot in: Grise Fiord, Upper Arctic, Canada.
Seven months of planning, for seven minutes with the Arctic Wolf
It took me three and a half-day on a plane ride and then 9 hours on a snowmobile to get in the area where I could take pictures of arctic wolves. It was the result of seven months of planning, and a week of subjecting myself to some of the harshest conditions known to man that I managed to capture arctic wolf photography and also more photos of beautiful Arctic wildlife.
My quest to photograph the snow wolf started when I was looking up animals living in extreme weather conditions. Not knowing the challenges this kind of photography endeavor would demand, I made up my mind to take pictures of the tundra wolf. I researched all the facts about it, from its arctic habitat, diet, weight, population, behavior… Everything I could put my hands and eyes on to create snow wolf art.
My journey in search of the Arctic snow wolf
This is how my story to capture pictures of arctic wolf begins. It was a long journey all the way from New York to Grise Fiord in northern Canada. It took four flights over three and a half days to get to my tracker, Raymond. Then, another 8-9 hour on a snowmobile ride to get close to the majestic white arctic wolf — or so we thought.
All my research knowledge went out the door when I had to face temperatures as low as -56ºF. I had never seen or experienced anything like this and felt so helpless to the environment trying to create snow wolf art. What was I thinking? Why did I decide to take Arctic wolf pictures? Why did I go after this, over several other options? These questions kept playing over in my head when I was in a tent waiting for the elusive wolf to appear. For days, nothing happened. The Arctic wolf did not show, I was disappointed and what’s more, I just didn’t have the strength to keep going – mentally and physically. We packed up all our equipment and decided to leave.
And then, a gift from God
Raymond’s (my tracker) house was 8 hours away from our location. I wanted to take pictures of an arctic wolf. Heartbroken, we left for civilization. But then – after riding for one hour, Raymond stopped. He looked at me and smiled – I could not see any wolves, but I immediately realized Raymond had spotted one. Or rather, eight! To my pleasant surprise, it was an entire pack! The ones in my white wolf pictures were smaller than the gray wolf, but they were still pretty large in size. They walked towards us without fear and also came as close as 10 feet from us. I got my 7 minutes with them and then just as they appeared, they walked away over the mountain. I’m so proud to share these pictures of arctic wolves with the world.
Order Arctic wolf fine art wall prints from Ejaz Khan Earth
I was lucky enough to photograph the white wolf aka canis lupus arctos at a close distance. I am able to print large size prints as a result. For our exhibition, we printed 4 feet by 6 feet pictures of an arctic wolf that brought it back to life. We offer them in five different sizes of white wolf pictures. They are so far north and so difficult to get close to many. Our art buyers jumped on the opportunity of ordering an image on our website or in person at the exhibition. These rare Arctic Wolf photographs make for ideal decor, for home, office and also establishment. Our wolf images are available to order in a variety of sizes, print material, and also framing options.
These pictures of arctic wolves make for ideal wall decor, for home, office or establishment. Part of the sale amount goes towards organizations that help preserve these magnificent beasts from the effect of climate change.
How climate change affects Arctic Wolves
Climate change in the higher Arctic is very evident. My white wolf pictures show the incredible landscape. As the temperature increases, sea ice is also impacted. These change will affect wolves in Canada’s High Arctic. Acting through three trophic levels such as vegetation affected, herbivores, and wolves. A wolf pack dependent on muskoxen and Arctic hares will be affected because if vegetation is gone. The herbivore animals would move or reduce in number. This, in turn, leads to the wolves starving. Wolves have two layers of fur because of the extreme cold conditions they are adapted to living in. You can see the detail of their fur on our large-sized wolf images. If it keeps getting warmer, then their body will have more heat which would lead to fresh issues in health.
Climate change in Canada
Global climate change may affect wolves in Canada’s High Arctic (80DG N) acting through three trophic levels (vegetation, herbivores, and wolves). A wolf pack, like seen in my wolf images, is dependent on muskoxen and also arctic hares in the Eureka area of Ellesmere Island denned and produced pups most years from at least 1986 through 1997. However, when summer snow-covered vegetation in 1997 and 2000 for the first time since records was kept, halving the herbivore nutrition-replenishment period. Musk ox and hare numbers dropped drastically, and the area stopped supporting denning wolves through 2003. The unusual weather triggering these events was consistent with global-climate-change phenomena.
Conservation: How we help animals affected by climate change, and how you can help
Giving back is important to me. On my expedition to capture arctic wolf pictures, I saw first hand how much damage has been done to the animals and also the planet. I knew I had to do something about climate change. The direction and also my pictures of an arctic wolf led me to conservation groups and also organizations.
As a fashion photographer, I pay the models. In wildlife, I can not pay the creatures in my wolf images. So to give back, I joined conservation organizations such as Wolf Conservation Center, Cana Foundation, and World Animal Protection.
A percentage of the sale of these arctic wolf prints is donated to these organizations. When you buy our wolf images, not only do you have an inspiring photo, but you will also be helping wildlife.
View our other wildlife photo collections
Watch videos of how we photographed Arctic Wolves
Since it’s so difficult to capture pictures of an arctic wolf, Nikon USA asked me to do an interview with them, you can read it here.
If you love wildlife in the snow, you’ll enjoy our short film of the polar bear and reindeer from Svalbard, Norway.
Arctic Wolf photography exhibit
For stories about our arctic wolf art and also more wildlife trips and photography, visit our wildlife blog. You can also know more about our expedition to Chile to photograph/ videograph The Mountain Lion.
My journey to the Arctic wolves
My passion has always been pushing the boundaries of human endurance, coming as I did from the bylines of Mumbai to the Big Apple and also exploring the harshest extremes of nature. The lure of Alaska had beckoned. But now I wanted to push the envelope beyond that to the rugged terrain of the icy arctic snow to Grise Fiord, in the northernmost part of Canada, population 132. The planning for such a journey has to be meticulous and took 7 months. Someone finally willing to take me to space where no USA photographer had gone before & tracked the Arctic Wolf at the North Pole.
The desolate location found me sitting in a tiny 6seater aircraft, which took three days to reach Grise Fiord. The tiny aircraft was forced to land midway in a blizzard, with no one around, & also no connectivity to normal life. A panic attack got me, scared of the isolation & fearful of dying alone & anonymous in the cold Arctic snow, I broke into cold sweat despite the sub-Arctic temperatures. I reached the tiny town of Grise Fiord and met Raymond who was to be my wolf tracker! I went into another bout of shock looking at him, whom I thought would need help himself, let alone be able to support my quest for the Arctic Wolf. Nevertheless, we left town, on an 8-hour snowmobile ride. The destination was a desolate wilderness. No trees, no grass, no signs of life other than the two on the snow.
The journey to create arctic wolf art
No roads, no paths to follow, just oceans of snow and my tracker and me. We pitched our tent in -56 F and that was to become our home for the next 9 days. The artic could just as well have been the land of the midnight sun, since the daylight shone even up to midnight on a clear night, and yet it felt like it was only 4 pm. Since we were two of us on a snowmobile, there was a weight restriction & so we carried limited supplies. We awoke the next morning to search for wildlife so we could eat for the next 9 days. The biting arctic cold was oppressive & hostile and even 6 layers of warm clothing could not protect me. Covered in polar bear skin pants, I began to understand how the animal felt, in its own natural habitat.
Our hunt began for food, it was one of the highlights of my trip. Once our search had ended, we pitched a tent as a base camp which was a mile away, from where I would stalk my arctic wolf prey to shoot on celluloid. Few people can relate to the isolation of being alone with yourself, the elements and also your maker, it holds a mirror up to your soul when you spend 15-18 hours alone in nature. The wilderness offers you no second chances and no toilets, no showers, and also no bedrooms.
An experience like no other to photograph wolf images
It was such an eyeopening experience to photograph wolf images. Dinner each night is frozen air-cured slices of wild Musk Ox served cold, and sleep in a basic sleeping bag deep within the snow. Sitting in mounds of snow for hours on end in total isolation brings home the stark reality of who you are and also how insignificant a being the human is, amongst Gods Creations.
The journey of life
The frailty of humanity is best expressed when confronted with solitude & battling the elements of nature’s fury – be it snowstorms, blizzards, hurricanes, tidal waves or earthquakes, making you one with your maker, brings reality to the forefront. I became delusional, like the protagonist Pi Patel in Yann Mattel’s “Life of Pi”, seeing things in the -50 sub-zero temperatures and also freezing cold & loneliness, the only solace is that I could meet my tracker at nights when I returned for the day. Less than 7 days into the expedition, my delusions became more vivid and I began to see artic snow wolves in the moving blizzards of snow.
My fingers numbed without sensation, my feet frostbitten and also my personal organs that had developed a mind of their own. From Mahim to Manhattan, the cacophony of human chaos presents a symphony of sound when compared to the high pitch of silence in the Arctic circle, and at times I prayed for the cacophony to return. Having faced all the adversities one could think of in one week, I decided to call off the expedition on the 7th day, frustrated and broken within, that I was defeated, not by the elements of nature alone, but by the gremlins within my mind.
Once the snowmobile was packed and heading to town 8 hours away, I was suddenly stopped in my tracks. The elusive Arctic Wolves appeared on the horizon. Almost to bid me goodbye, as I was giving up my expedition into their native territory. Divine intervention or poetic justice, it was the highlight of a week of adversity and also terrifying loneliness. I faced nature’s elements, yet meeting the beauty of the Wolves in their pristine natural habitat, untouched by a human hand or even a cell phone tower. There are times that one marvels at the magnificence of a solitary existence, this was one of those times. I have been so fortunate to learn to make myself one with my nature and also surroundings. I have photographed the Musk Ox, the Puma, Arctic wolves, the Alaskan Bear, and Camargue Horses.
Photo of Arctic Wolf
This up-close photo of arctic wolf is one of my favorite animal pictures that I have photographed. I have always challenged myself to do things in order to get out of my comfort zone. Traveling to isolated places where the wildlife have never interacted by humans. Being miles and miles away from human contact to create art is my passion. Each new destination I visit, it becomes bigger more exciting from the last. I have been to countries and also regions in this world with the hottest temperatures. But being in frigid areas like Norway, Alaska, and also Canada is my dreamland. I love being in extreme weather conditions. Feeling the cold throughout my skin is such a thrill and also motivation to always keep moving.
At times, my challenges work, but for the most part, they result in learning from experience. My Arctic trip was a great challenge. I learned my limits. But the breathtaking landscapes of snow-covered mountains, the massive glaciers, the crystal clear waters make it all worth it. Capturing and also curating this collection of wolf pictures has been a highlight in my wildlife photography career.
Q: Are Arctic Wolves endangered?
A: Arctic wolves are the only sub-species of the wolf that is not endangered. This is due to it being in isolated regions. They are away from hunters and also habitat destruction, unlike its southern relatives.
Q: How many Arctic wolves are in the world?
A: There are about 200 wild Arctic wolves left in the world.
Q: Where can I buy Arctic Wolf art?
A: Our Arctic Wolf pictures are rare as it lives in one of the most secluded regions in the world. We offer a vast collection of fine art photo prints customizable for any home or office.
Q: Where do Arctic Wolves live?
A: Arctic wolves are also known as white wolves or polar wolves. They are native to Canada’s Queen Elizabeth Islands, from Melville Island to Ellesmere Island.
Q: HOW BIG ARE ARCTIC WOLVES?
A: Arctic wolves as adults are 3.9 – 6.6 ft. in length. Weighing about 66 – 180 lbs for males and 51 – 120 lbs for females.