Wolves, regardless of your stance on them are a very integral part of the ecosystem. It’s easy to view them as the enemy, especially if you are a farmer, but they keep prey populations in check and, unlike hunters, whom only go after the strongest, most prized ‘trophy’ animals; wolves generally target the easy to kill prey, the sick and weak, leaving the strongest left to repopulate and carry on. And while we are on the subject of the ‘enemy’, one could argue (successfully might I add) that Man poses a much larger, immediate threat to every species on this planet; much larger than wolves pose to us.
But I digress, I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing an Arctic Wolf named Atka. Atka is an ambassador wolf and lives at the Wolf Conservation Center in New York. He travels all around educating adults and children alike about the important role wolves play in the wild. To learn more about the NY Wolf Conservation Center or how you can help, definitely check out their website or pay them a visit!
The rest of his portraits can be viewed here