Meet the Alaska Zoo's Gray Wolf Pack

Alaska Wildlife Personalities at the Zoo

Meet the Gray Wolves at our Evening with Wolves fundraising event on September 12th!

Have you strolled by the Alaska Zoo's Gray Wolf habitat on your visits to the zoo? Have you ever wondered how they are similar and different from each other? Staff will tell you that the animal residents at the zoo possess plenty of personality! Beyond wolf facts and conservation, we like to share our personal animal experiences with visitors to foster connections.

 It was a wet evening at our August Evening with Wolves fundraising event, but we raised great funding for our new Gray Wolf shelters. Join us for a wolf encounter for Evening with Wolves, Part 2 on September 12th! Purchase your spot online!

It was a wet evening at our August Evening with Wolves fundraising event, but we raised great funding for our new Gray Wolf shelters. Join us for a wolf encounter for Evening with Wolves, Part 2 on September 12th! Purchase your spot online!

We also enjoy hosting Gray Wolf encounters, like the ones we have coming up for our Evening with Wolves fundraising event on September 12th. Lucky participants will receive a wolf encounter of their dreams while supporting our fundraising for new wolf shelters. Our wolves came to the zoo in 2006 as pups from the same litter. As they age, their need for new and improved shelters has become a fundraising priority.

On a Wolf Encounter, you get a better idea of individual wolf personalities while having a chance to spend time close to a wolf and handlers. Our Evening with Wolves fundraising event is one of the best things to do in Anchorage!

Here is the the inside scoop on our Gray Wolf pack members, as relayed by longtime handler and Education Director Stephanie Hartman:

Lucky (female): Lucky is a stunningly beautiful wolf. She enjoys laying near Denali (another Gray Wolf) when she can and she enjoys being spoiled and doted on by Tim Lescher, the zoo's Lead Gray Wolf Zookeeper. She also enjoys playing in water from the hose with her trainers.

Ruby (female): Ruby has a super sweet personality. She loves going on walks with her trainers every chance she can get, every day if possible! She always wants attention from her trainers. She has also made a hobby and sport of digging, achieving the rank of queen digger!

Windy (primary female of the pack): Windy is a strong-minded and vocal wolf, with Ruby being her BFF among our pack members. Windy has a tendency to get jealous when other wolves are spending time with handlers. While she is sometimes a bit of a brat, she is an incredible wolf and a leader among the females.

Nikolai (male): Is there a camera nearby? A photographer like John Gomes? Or a news crew? Nikolai is the ham, playing it up for the camera and loving every minute of the spotlight. He loves everyone and enjoys rolling around in anything smelly or stinky. If our handlers plan to take wolves for a long walk, he is the one to take.

Denali (primary male of the pack): Make way for the official Animal President of the Alaska Zoo! That's right, Denali was voted into office in a race that pitted him against formidable opponents such as George the talking Magpie and the late Ahpun the polar bear. Denali is the most confident and calm of the zoo's wolves, but don't let his calm demeanor fool you - he can be a mischief maker at times. He acts like our oldest statesman and our youngest wolf all at once. He is also the zoo's wolf paw casting superstar (click to see our wolf paw casts for sale)!

We are pleased to be able to offer Evening with Wolves encounters. Visit our event page to learn more and purchase your encounter for this fundraiser!