Born: April 20, 2011
Alawa (meaning "sweetpea" in Algonquin, and pronounced "ai-lay-ewa) is brown and gray and her temperament matches her name.
She and her litter-mate, Zephyr (meaning "light or west wind"), were born on April 20, 2011 and arrived at the WCC on May 27. Together with their younger brother, Nikai (born in 2014) the wolves serve as an Ambassador Pack living on view as part of the WCC's education programs.
At first glance, Alawa comes across as dainty and demure compared to her rambunctious brothers. Watch her for a while, and you’ll notice she’s often dominating her brothers with impressive moves while rough-housing.
Their lineage is a mix of gray wolf subspecies, but they are primarily Canis lupus occidentalis - Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf -- a subspecies that traditionally inhabited parts of the western United States, much of western Canada, and all of Alaska.
The Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf was reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in 1995 and 1996.
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