How did Ambassador wolf Atka celebrate the first day of Autumn? By taking a dip in the pool of course!
The Wolf Conservation Center is constantly trying to make sure that our ambassador wolves have interesting experiences. Their enclosures are spacious and have natural varied terrain, but we also try to provide them with enrichment - activities that will challenge and mentally stimulate them. Enrichment can include hiding food in an empty enclosure and then letting the wolves into the enclosure to track down the food (something we often do when we host birthday parties) or introducing foreign objects with interesting textures and/or smells (such as boxes filled with horsehair and daubed with perfume) into their enclosure.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of letting Atka explore a new environment so he can experience all sorts of different sights and smells! Atka has visited the ocean, rivers, and lakes before - but he has never been to a pool in his 14 years! He wasn't sure at first... but ended up loving it!
Enormous thanks to the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department for inviting Atka to its pool! Tomorrow the Town is giving local dogs the unique opportunity to take a dip before it is drained for the season. The "Drool in the Pool" event runs 12pm - 2pm. We hope the doggies have as much fun as Atka did!