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- About wolves and wolfdogs -
Wolves and wolfdogs are destructive and can be dangerous. But they they do not mean to be- it is simply who they are. It cannot be trained, tamed, or controlled. To do that would be cruelty. You must be willing to adapt to them. They are wild animals and acceptance of that is what they deserve. They are under no obligation to follow the laws of man.
- About Lorne -
Lorne was born in at a zoo in Georgia who breeds a select number of wolf pups to be used for educational purposes and for ambassadors for their species.
Lorne's brother, Wyatt can be seen at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California. Lorne is being raised with the hope of using him in educational talks to raise awareness for an often misunderstood animal.
Despite media attention that wolves in the wild have stabilized their numbers, they are still very much at risk. Wolf hunting continues to persist, both legally and illegally. Wolves are still stigmatized in society, especially by farmers and ranchers who if merely seeing a wolf will on sight, no matter the threat. This mentality is hurting our intelligent friend, whose relationship and companionship led us to the domesticated dog we have today and love.
Lorne visits with the public regularly and even though he's just a pup, he has instantly charmed his way into the hearts of many others who before misunderstood and feared one of our closest ties to the natural world.
Lorne is a subspecies of the Grey (or Timber) Wolf. He was born on April 17th, 2014 (wolves are only born in the spring, unlike domesticated dogs) and until he came to me just shy of 7 weeks was used in meet-and-greets at the Georgia zoo.
I'm working with Lorne every day and I hope that he is able to continue to reach out to the public as he matures. It is common that wolves once establishing a territory upon reaching adulthood have trouble leaving it and feel much more comfortable at home than in strange places.
We will see what path Lorne wants to follow in life, but I hope that he will be kind enough to continue to make a positive impression on others and be an ambassador for his species.
Commonly asked questions:
- How much wolf is in Lorne? -
He's as pure as you can get without taking a wolf from the wild.
Most wolves in the wild are 'contaminated" with domesticated dog DNA, through feral dogs in-breeding. It is impossible to differentiate between the two on a genetic level. Lorne is genetically related to Tundra Wolves (subspecies of grey), which are found throughout Eastern Europe and Russia. The white patch they have on their chest indicates that somewhere, many years ago at least one dog must have been mated with a wolf to cause that patch, and through interbreeding it have become a typical marker in Tundra Wolves. Wild wolves will not readily breed with a dog, so it's very unusual to have a 50/50 cross.
- Do wolves make good pets? -
No. Wolves do not make good pets, they are not domesticated like dogs. Since wolves aren't domesticated, they are not bred to live along side humans.