MARIANNE HEBERLEIN

Deputy Head of Core Facility WSC, Head of the animal team & scientific coordination

 

In spring 2009 I got the chance to get to know the first wolf puppies of the WSC. In that time, the WSC was still housed in Grünau and not in Ernstbrunn like today. I was deeply impressed by the huge amount of snow that the wolves were living in at that time. The four wolves - back then totally black - were very open minded and curious.
Taya was the first wolf I had contact with. She was very nice and wanted to be petted immediately. During my PhD I could help with the puppy raising of the next generation. Since then, I didn’t stop working at the WSC and so I am working here for some time now as a trainer and scientific assistant.

Working with wolves and dogs at the WSC fascinates me every day. I am amazed by the trust these animals have in us. Their trust becomes especially obvious, when we take them on walks, when they meet strange objects and also when one of them is not feeling very well and lets us treat them even though he/she is in pain.