Everyday matters from the life among dogs and wolves

Anectotes from the daily life among dogs and wolves: our students, trainees and collaborators cover the newest ongoings at the WSC.

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  • A scientific conference

    (25.07.2016, Lena Jeanson)
    Gala Dinner

    From the 12 th – 15 th of July, the 8 th European Conference on Behavioural Biology took place in Vienna. This was a scientific conference for researchers from across Europe. The topics were cooperation, cognition and communication in different animal species and this was of course of special interest to the students of the WSC.

  • First Impressions

    (21.07.2016, Luisa Hofberger)

    I’ve been at the WSC for 2 weeks now and I am slowly getting familiar with everything. Every day I tell myself that I will explore the surroundings when I have free time. I want to go up to the castle, the woods and the neighboring village. However, as soon as I have free time I just want to sit on the couch doing nothing. I am still very tired all the time from all the new impressions and things I have to learn but I think it will get better over time. Working here is an experience unlike any other and I am looking forward to spending the next few months here.

  • Here comes the extra time

    (04.07.2016, Lars Burkert)

    In my last blog entry, I wrote that I would like to stay forever at the WSC. Seeing as my official date of departure was five days ago, you could say I am one step closer to this aim. I applied for the Animal Trainer position here and I was offered the job. I am already very excited about my new job, which starts tomorrow.

  • Of course, the wellbeing of the animals is prioritized over any test. Therefore, when we see that it is too hot for an animal to participate in the test, we stop immediately. An interesting scientific finding earlier this week was that when it’s 33 degrees, Hudson Bay wolf Kenai does not seem to care pulling a string to obtain lukewarm sausage. 

  • Pack visits at the WSC

    (23.06.2016, Corinna Kratz)

    The greatest gift the trainers can give the students is contact with the wonderful animals living at the Wolf Science Center. Every week, they try and make it possible for us to visit a wolf pack and a dog pack and spend some times with the animals. Every student needs to stick to certain rules to ensure that the animals feel comfortable with us around. Each enclosure has a certain area where we are to stay while the animals decide whether they want to come close and have contact or keep their distance. Either way it is amazing to be so close to the animals.