Berkshire

Beenham UK Wolf Conservation Trust displays Arctic wolf

The Arctic wolves in UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Beenham
Image caption The trust hopes meeting the wolves will dispel myths about the animals

An open day at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Berkshire will give visitors the chance to see Arctic wolves.

The Arctic wolf cubs arrived in at the trust in Beenham, near Thatcham, in June.

The cubs were born in Canada in March, and had to be rescued and hand-reared after suffering hypothermia during a snowstorm.

Now they have been brought to the UK to become "wolf ambassadors".

'Calm and affectionate'

Vicky Hughes, education officer at the Wolf Conservation Trust said: "The trust's wolves live in small packs and act as ambassadors for their species, helping staff and volunteers educate people about wolves and about the conservation of their wild cousins."

She said the three wolves, Pukak, Massak and Sikko, had settled into life at the trust well and were showing their temperaments to be "calm and affectionate".

The UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Beenham was set up by Roger Palmer, a businessman who kept and bred wolves in the 1970s.

He founded the trust in the hope it would dispel what he believed were "myths and misconceptions" about wolves that had led to them becoming endangered.

The trust now has three huge enclosures housing its 12 "ambassador wolves".

It also provides financial support to a number of wolf conservation projects in America, Africa and Europe.

The trust is holding its summer open day on Monday 29 August.

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