Each large area for the wolf packs is surrounded by a double layer of fencing. We were outside the outer layer. If you want to come for a private photography session, you're allowed in the inner layer. Just thought you should know so you'd understand why there is fencing in all of our animal pictures.
Since these are wolves in captivity, they have picked up on a few things. They know what time the tours come, and that means they get to see their keepers and have some snacks, so they were waiting for us when we arrived.
They also know about how long the tour guide is going to talk. Since he ends his presentation by talking about wolf howls, they don't need much (if any) prodding to start calling to each other.
It was quite impressive. The tour guide told us that each wolf has its own voice, and all the wolves recognize each other, as well as the tour guide's howl. They'll even respond to a fire siren, thinking it's a rival pack. I loved the fact that they just hung out and howled rather casually as we watched.
After seeing the wolves, we headed over to the small animal area to see the foxes and bobcats.
Cute, no? They were constantly on the move as we heard all about fox behavior, and the personalities of the foxes at the preserve.
Watching the bobcats was like watching Hobbes on a lazy Sunday afternoon. They roamed around for a while, then decided to flop and twist. Look at those paws!
It was a gorgeous day, so we decided to walk back to the base camp instead of taking the shuttle down. Of course, I had to keep my camera out. Good thing too, since we saw some more common wildlife!