Just a few months ago we were shown footage from the local zoos of a set of wolves showing extreme streotypical behaviour. This included throwing themselves from wall to wall within their enclosures, pacing one specific line within the enclosure hour after hour, and also the fear and panic at the sight of anyone approaching them was all too apparent. This is all caused by stress enduced by maltreatment and confinement.
In January 2010 these seven wolves were confiscated from the zoos and began their road to recovery. We, at the New Hope Centre, have been fortunate enough to have been a part of that recovery. Watching these animals learn to trust, watching them learn to play, their joy at having food provided daily, and watching the knots of stress in their bodies fall away as they basked in piles of straw in the sun. Their recovery was so succesful that it was seen as time to release them into a larger enclosure allowing them to live as natural a life as possible and form their own pack.