MagazineJan 27, 2013
Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany
The 79 year old Wolf researcher Werner Freund, a former German paratrooper, established the wolf sanctuary Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig in the German province of Saarland in 1972 and has raised more than 70 animals over the last 40 years. The wolves, acquired as cubs from zoos or animal parks, were mostly hand-reared. Spread over 25 acres, Wolfspark is currently home to 29 wolves forming six packs from European, Siberian, Canadian, Artic and Mongolian regions. Werner has to behave as the wolf alpha male of the pack to earn the other wolves respect and to be accepted.