RESEARCH AT WSC

Why study wolves and dogs?

You may have noticed that we keep our wolves and dogs in big enclosures. Maybe you were also able to observe us working with our animals in our testhouse in the centre of the Wildpark?

At the WSC, we aim at experimentally investigating wolves’ and dogs’ cognitive and social abilities and how they organize their cooperation among their kind or with humans. In our work, wolves and dogs are model organisms to better understand the evolutionary base of cooperation, also in humans. But above all, we are interested how domestication made dogs different, compared to their wolf ancestors. Towards a fair comparison, we are raising and keeping our animals the same way - which makes us unique worldwide. 

At the Wolf Science Center, we have three major goals: 1. Top science, 2. Informing the public about wolves and dogs and their relationships with people as objectively as possible, and 3. Optimal animal keeping. Our wolves and dogs live in large enclosures in good relationships with their group members and with their human partners, with whom they happily work nearly every day. In fact, the wellbeing of our animal partners is among our top priorities.

But what do we actually mean with "science"? Which goals do we want to reach? And how do we collaborate with our canine friends to reach these goals?

In the following boxes you can learn more about our research goals, projects and research results. 

Our research approach

Intelligence and cooperativeness of wolves and dogs

Why do we work with wolves and dogs? What are our questions and goals? And why are our dog pack such an essential part of our work? Here you can find out more the our research approach which made us grow into a worldwide unique research institution.

Research projects

Our contribution to science

Research projects are the core of the Wolf Science Center. Through external and internal funding, we can employ PhDs and Postdocs who support us in researching different questions. Here you can find our current projects and our research results. 

Publications

Our figurehead

Publications - foremost those in scientific papers - are the figurehead of scientists. They allow conclusions about our work and our success. Here you can find a list of all publications of the Wolf Science Center and its employees.

Our team

The backbone of the WSC

More than 40 people perform various tasks at the WSC and make our research therefore possible. Find out more about our founders, scientists, animal trainers, administration, students/interns, photographers and tour guides.

Our wolves

From wild wolves...

The WSC currently houses 16 wolves from zoos and game parks all over the world. Here you can find out more about their origins and characters. 

Our dogs

... to faithful companions

10 dogs currently live at the Wolf Science Center. They come from dog shelters in Hungary or were bred at the Center. Here you can find out more about their characters and where they come from. 

Diary

Anecdotes out of the daily life of our dogs and wolves: our students, interns and employees give a personal insight into the happenings at the WSC once a month. 

News

What's going on at the WSC?

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