UK Wolf Conservation Trust
|Method(s)||Education, supporting conservation projects|
|Motto||Working to keep wolves in the wild|
The UK Wolf Conservation Trust is a non-profit organisation based in Berkshire, United Kingdom. Its aims are to dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding wolves, as well as supporting those still in the wild elsewhere in Europe.
Roger Palmer, a businessman and founder of the UKWCT, visited Alaska in the 1970s. He encountered wolves for the first time and upon his return to the UK decided to acquire a wolf himself. Roger kept wolves into the mid 1990s and, encouraged by Erich Klinghammer, an ethologist, founded the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in 1995.
Activities of the UKWCT
The UKWCT has 10 ambassador wolves, 9 of which are socialised wolves split into four packs. The wolves are taken for walks most weekends with the public in the open farmland around the Trust, accompanied by members of the UKWCT. The idea is to allow people to see wolves in a different light to the experience seen at most zoos, which generally don't socialise their animals.
Education is a major part of the UKWCT's ethos and they hold regular seminars, with biologists and other speakers giving talks about wolves and current conservation work. The UKWCT's magazine, WolfPrint, attracts contributions from those involved with wolf conservation and reports on current events in the wolf world.
The UKWCT's achievements
In 1998 the UKWCT imported three European wolves from eastern Europe and in 1999 they gave birth to six pups. This was reported to be the first birth of European wolves in the UK since they were driven to extinction in the 18th century. Since their relocation to Wildwood in Kent, the imported wolves had several further litters.
Projects supported by the UKWCT include helping to buy livestock guardian dogs for Bulgarian shepherds, as well as supporting wolf research and education in the Tver region of Russia and also in Croatia. Support has also been provided for the Ethiopian wolf, for other European projects, and for the Red and Mexican Wolves in the Americas. To date, the Trust has donated over £150,000 to wolf conservation projects worldwide.
- UKWCT website - about us section
- UKWCT website - wolves page
- BBC News website, Hikers go for walk with wolves
- Searching Wolf, wolf magazines page
- BBC News website, Wolf cubs born in Britain
- UKWCT website - home page