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Practice, Practice, Practice …

March 23, 2010

Wolves are very cautious animals, and they do best their best when they’re used to a routine. So when the park closes during the winter and all of Busch Gardens’ guests leave for a bit, the wolves get accustomed to the quietness. Then in the spring, it’s quite the change of pace for them when the park fills with guests and activity.

So to prepare the wolves, we have to get them used to everything again. It may not seem like much, but the park smells different when we start cooking at Trapper’s Smokehouse and it’s louder when Griffon roars by. That’s a lot to take for a wolf that has better senses than a human.

So we practice, practice, practice to make the change for the wolves as smooth as possible. For the past few weeks, we’ve been rehearsing the show and the wolves’ behaviors. Lately, we’ve been making sure that they are used to hearing us call them on the microphones we use during Wolves: America’s Forgotten Predator. Imagine trying to figure out the source of a sound and follow that source when the sound is coming from speakers all around you. It’s tough, so we make sure the wolves remember by using the microphones during training sessions as much as possible.

Here’s a picture from one of our recent training sessions where we spoke to them through microphones. They did very well.

Megan
Wolf Trainer at Busch Gardens

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2010 7:10 pm

    This is one of my favorite shows. The wolves and trainers have a wonderful relationship.

  2. Laura permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:05 am

    I’ve always wondered how the wolves make the transition between an open and closed park. Is the transition similarly gradual when the park closes in the fall?

  3. Grace permalink
    April 3, 2010 10:57 am

    I really want to become a wolf trainer there, i just have no idea where to start.

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