National Moth Week 2016

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Today marks the last day of National Moth Week. Why study moths? Moths are among the most diverse organisms on Earth – there are somewhere between 150,000 and 500,000 moth species! Moths are ecologically important for many reasons – their hairy bodies are great for pollination, and they are an important food source for many animals (including humans in some parts of the world).

There are so many beautiful caterpillars and moths right in your own backyard – you just might have to venture out at night to see them. Most, though not all, moth species are nocturnal. One fun way to observe and photograph moths is to hang a white sheet outside with a light shining on it. Theories abound as to why moths are attracted to light, but one thing is for certain – if you turn it on, they will come!

Fun Fact: many moths do not eat in their adult form (only as caterpillars); they drink nectar or consume nothing at all. Some moths don’t even have mouthparts! Their entire existence as an adult is spent breeding and laying eggs.

Visit National Moth Week’s website to learn more about these amazing creatures and how you can observe them in the wild.

Join Us for a Birthday Party!

Shanti Birthday

We’re taking a break from wolf updates this week to let you know about another Oatland resident – Shanti! This July he turns 4, and we’ll be celebrating with him on Sunday the 24th! Join us at 11am as Shanti receives a “birthday cake.” If you’d like to bring him a “present” check out the flyer for a list of some things he likes. These items will help us continue to keep him busy and entertained.

The Great Outdoors [Photos]

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Summer Camp kids get up close and personal with a curious pup

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Rolling around in the dirt was one of our favorite things to do…

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…But this pond is the absolute BEST!

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Apparently Spanish moss is delicious

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PLEASE NOTE: The pups are NOT yet permanently on exhibit. They are still having only supervised (and largely unscheduled) visits with the adults. If you would like to know if you will be able to see the pups when you visit, call us first at 912-395-1500.

The First Meeting [Photos]

Last week the pups had their first “field trip” to the wolf enclosure. This marked the first time the pups had been in close proximity to our current pack. We first let them sniff each other in an off-exhibit holding area through fencing (photo on the left). We saw only positive interactions so we moved forward with the introduction and allowed our alpha male, Tundra, into the holding area to meet the pups. He was a little overwhelmed by all the rambunctious energy, but overall everything went very well!

The pups will continue to be kept in a secure off-exhibit location, but we will supervise visits with the adult wolves periodically.

The Pups Venture Out [Photos]

The pups are now 7 weeks old, and beginning to grow curious about the world around them. While they are kept in a secure indoor location most of the time, they do get supervised outdoor time. The brown pup here has been eyeing this pond for awhile. Over the weekend he finally mustered the courage to venture in… with muddy results. He loved it, and loved his post-romp bath just as much. All four pups are beginning to develop a real love of water; once they’ve grown up enough for the wolf exhibit, they should have tons of fun in that pond!

Welcome, pups!

Recently Oatland received 4 new grey wolf pups – 3 males and 1 female. Five weeks old, the pups are just starting to become curious – running, splashing in water, and chewing on everything! They’ve recently started their “grown-up diet” – no more formula, they’re on to meat now!

While it will be many months before the pups will join our pack on exhibit, you can still meet one at our Summer Animal Encounter Series every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:30pm, all through June and July. Program admission is $2 + regular admission price; proceeds go towards the care of the wolf pups. wolf pup 5172016