Ring tones

The howling of the wolves fulfills differnet functions - which exactly has to be further investigated scientifically (we work at it!).

Until now following functions are supposed (Mech & Booitani 2003):

  • re-integration of animals of the same pack,,
  • establishment and maintainance of social bondings,
  • keeping of the distance between packs,
  • mate selection.

The howling of the wolf consist of harmonious tones. Thereby it's interesting, that each pack as well as each wolf sounds individually different (Tooze et al. 1990, Palacios et al. 2007).
If you want to test this on your owns you can load down here the howling of our wolves!

And thus it works:

  1. Click with the right mouse-button onto one of the download-links (alternatetively use the method provided by your system for activation of the context menu).
  2. Choose "Save target as..." and save the file on your harddisk.
  3. Now  - depending on your mobile phone or computer - you are able to save the file on your mobile phone either with bloutooth of infra-red.
  4. Choose now the file on your mobile phone as ring tone. 
  • The pack of Kaspar 2012 (Kaspar, Aragorn, Shima)

    The three black wolves howl together

    Our black pack is in definite contrast not only by the colour of the fur but also by howling to our other packs. When Kaspar, Aragorn and Shima howl together it sounds as if much more than 3 animals would howl. They reach this effect by their frequent changings of tone pitch, thus it sounds a little bit like yodelling.

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  • Shima

    The three black wolves howl together

    Shima is most howl-prone in the black pack. She often is the first one, and when the others already have ended, she howls for a short time alone. Compared to her colleagues in the pack, her tone pitch is a little bit higher.

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  • Aragorn

    Shima howling in thesnow-covered wood

    Aragorn does not howl as often as Shima and Kaspar. He rather joins the other two, when they start to howl and thus is often is the last one, who starts. 
    His howl is unmistakeable. It is very strong and the lowest - thereby it contrasts the howl of both other wolves very well.

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  • Geronimo

    Our larges wolf fervently howlin gin deep winter

    Geronimo howls less frequently than the other wolves. 
    In the beginning his howl sounds a little throaty, but he changes then quicly to a higher tone pitch, descending from there with long drawn-out tones. Sometimes he integrates towards the end some quick changings in the tone pitch into his howl.

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  • Nanuk & Yukon in duet

    The wolf Geronimo howl

    Concerning howling, the pack of Nanuk and Yukon certainly is the pack with the biggest differenes. Whereas Yukon howls very high, Nanuk howls rather very low. Yukon howl more melodically, Nanuk rather throaty. Thus one can distinguish one of the other even when howling together.

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  • Yukon

    An extract of Nanuk's howl

    Yukon also belongs to the rather howl-prone wolves at the WSC.  She howls much more often than her pack fellow Nanuk. Besides her howl can be easily distinguished from that of the other wolves.  For Yukon howls that high, so that not all can be heard by humans. Thus one hears only the beginning and the end, the middle is hidden to human ears.

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  • Apache & Tatonga

    Yukon stand at a tree trunk and howls

    Apache and Tatonga are seldom heard howling together. That's mainly because Apache howls very infrequently since his brother cherokee has died. But  when he howls together with Tatonga one can guess, that he was earlier in the black pack, for he also often changes the tone pitch while Tatonga rather carries the tone.

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  • Kenai

    Portraits of Apache and Tatonga howling together

    Kenai is of all of our males perhaps the one, who howls the most. He has a very clear, beautiful howl and - if he wants to - he can carry a tone very long. And he also can howl very high sounding a bit rough or more throaty and low, when having fear.

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