A wolf isn’t the kind of animal you’d fantasize about cuddling, or even let one anywhere near you. But in this incredible wolf sanctuary in Norway, that’s exactly what tourists and locals sign up for.
Polar Park, a wolf sanctuary that cares for three different wolf packs, has raised the beautiful canines to thrive in the company of human companionship.
Listed as “critically endangered” on the Norwegian Red List of species 2010, the animal needs protecting from careless hunting practices and encroaching industry.
The amazing sanctuary educates people about these majestic animals have on our ecosystem and spreads an important message about wildlife preservation. Grey wolves are listed as “critically endangered” in the Norwegian Red List for Species, and a research report from 2013 revealed that Norway only has around 68 wolves left. Their numbers are rapidly declining because of careless hunting practices and human encroachment.
Polar Park is one of the few places where you can get a close encounter wolves in Europe. Safety is a big concern. That’s why before visitors can enter the enclosure, they have to follow the keeper’s instructions and dress appropriately.
Aside from allowing visitors to spend time with wolves, Polar Park also offers a luxury “Wolf Lodge”situated right in the middle of the wolf enclosure, in which guests can enter through a tunnel from an outer fence. The Wolf Lodge has large windows that allow guests to watch the wolves as they go about their business, giving them a unique wilderness experience.
For more information, visit the Polar Park website. This is the best place to experience close encounters with wolves and enjoy the northern lights!