Corinna Kratz

June 2014 - September 2014
Contact corinna.kratz@stud.uni-goettingen.de
University Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Project at the WSC Assessing risk preference in dogs and wolves
With us since June 2014
Favourite animal at the WSC Yukon, Aragorn, Layla, Enzi
Favourite howling Yukon
Companion Zazu

I just finished my undergraduate studies in Biology when I started my internship at the WSC and I wanted to gain some practical experiences in working with wolves and dogs on a scientific basis. But I got way more! At the moment I study Behavioral Biology at the university in Göttingen with one purpose: Return to the WSC! 

Dogs are one of the most important things in my life. With them every moment is more beautiful. I call myself very lucky because I had the chance to grow up with dogs and experience all their love. But I always had one question when I sat on the couch in the evenings cuddling my dogs. Whom do I owe my luck? How could pet dogs develop from wolves? What connects them, what distinguishes them? And how did humans and wolves get together? Why do humans feel so close to wolves? Wolves fascinate me! Their highly social character, their calmness, their strength, simply their whole nature! Therefore, I was so happy to be accepted for an internship at the WSC. In the beginning, I was a little bit afraid of leaving home for so long but that feeling disappeared immediately when I entered that magical place. I knew I arrived. It may sound strange but I felt like I belong. Did you ever hear a wolf howl? One of my favorite moments at the WSC occurred on a paid walk. Amarok started howling a meter away from me. My whole body oscillated and I couldn’t breathe. It was literally breath-taking! 

During my time at the WSC I had two projects. On the one hand, I investigated risk taking behavior in wolves and dogs. Working so close with the animals was great. I had the opportunity to get to know all the animals. They really have individual characters which fascinated and impressed me at the same time! It was amazing to see how the animals get excited when they see you entering the test enclosure with the apparatus and of course food (especially Yukon, she loves sausage). On the other hand, I took one of Laylas puppies –Zazu- home with me. He still searched for a new home when I began my internship and very quickly he found a way into my heart. He was 9 weeks old when we met and since then we belong together. He is my one and only and I always be grateful to have him. 

I didn’t only have a wonderful time at the WSC with lovely animals and new, great friends. I found a place where I belong, where I’m accepted. It’s like I found a second family. I miss you all!