In this section you will find information either produced by the UKWCT or by specialists we work with regarding wolf behaviour and conservation.

Some of the papers are specific to the UKWCT wolves and others are general. All work is copyright to the UKWCT.

Documents available include:
•    Communication
•    Parasites
•    Enrichment for captive wolves
•    Hunting
•    Life cycle of the wolf
•    Taxonomy
•    Human Dimensions
•    The Mexican Wolf
•    The Arabian Wolf
•    Wolf depredation management
•    Working in conflict zones
•    Wolf dentition and disease
•    Wolves in the French Alps

Many people are interested in how to work with wolves. For advice please refer to our fact sheets, for school and university students.

Useful Links for information about wolves and scientific papers:


General links


Geography and Recovery under the U.S. Endangered  Species Act

Klamath Conservation
Defenders of Wildlife
University of Michigan


Wolf Species Profile

FWS - species profile Iowa State University
National Parks Service FWS - Mexican Wolf
L. David Mech - Arctic Wolves Balkani Wildlife Society - wolf information  
Wolves and Humans - Rough Guide to Wolves in Western Europe

Link to abstracts where you can decide to buy the paper if its relevant to your studies:

Discourse and Wolves: Science, Society and Ethics

Selection of den sites by wolves in boreal forests in Finland

Ecology, behaviour, and population genetics of wolves (Canis lupus) in Poland

Books for the serious student

Wolves: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation. Edited by L. David Mech and Luigi Boitani.
A reference book for the serious student. In Wolves, many of the world’s leading wolf experts provide state-of-the-art coverage of just about everything you could want to know about these fascinating creatures. The book discusses both grey and red wolves in detail and includes information about wolves around the world. Wolves is also extensively illustrated; with black and white photos, line drawings, maps and with fifty colour plates.

Available from the shop

New Era for Wolves and People: Wolf Recovery, Human Attitudes, and Policy. Edited by Marco Musiani, Luigi Boitani & Paul Paquet

This book analyses the crucial relationship between human ethics, attitudes, and policy and the management of wolf populations in Europe and North America. The contributors to this volume assert that these human dimensions affect wolf survival just as much, if not more, than the physical environment. Contributors include recognised scientists and other wolf experts who introduce new and sometimes controversial findings.

Available from the shop.

The World of Wolves: New Perspectives on Ecology, Behaviour and Management. Edited by Marco Musiani, Luigi Boitani, and Paul Paquet

The World of Wolves offers a fresh and provocative look at current trends in wolf and wildlife management. Representative case studies, from geographically and culturally diverse areas of the world, highlight the existing interconnections between wolves, their prey, their habitat, their ecosystems and people, and the role of science in policy formation and wolf management. In addition, the studies involve many issues, for example population genetics and livestock husbandry practices, that are entry points into larger aspects of ecology and evolution. This book will appeal to conservationists, scientists, wildlife managers, and anyone seeking a better understanding of wolves and their co-existence with us.
Available from the shop.

The Wolf: The Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species
L. David Mech
A comprehensive study of the wolf's habits, behavior, and relationship with other animals and the environment.

Wolf Almanac
Robert H. Busch
The Wolf Almanac covers every aspect of the wolf kingdom: the evolution of the wolf, including overview of subspecies; current and historical ranges of wolves throughout the world; wolf anatomy and physiology; wolf behavior wolf society and reproduction, play and interactions with other species; the wolf in human culture; the wolf as a predator; history of wolves as furbearers; the wolf as a big-game animal; wolves in zoos; the wolf as a pet; conservation of the wolf and the latest updates on reintroductions; and more. With hundreds of full-color photos, graphs, charts, maps, and more, The Wolf Almanac is an indispensable edition to any naturalist s library.
Available from the shop.

Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon
Rebecca L. Grambo

Symbols of beauty and mystery, wolves have always evoked both fear and admiration in humans - their only enemy. Through countless generations, the wolf has simply wanted to be left alone, to hunt, play and raise its young. Yet over time, our attitude toward the wolf has changed dramatically. Early civilisations revered wolves as creators and helpers. In the Middle Ages, wolves became symbols of evil. In recent times wolves were nearly hunted to extinction. Today, the wolf is an icon of the wild, its howl a cry for preservation. It has been quite a journey - from creator to feared killer to spiritual guardian of the wild. Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon chronicles the facts and stories, and includes breathtaking photographs and fascinating artefacts.
Available from the shop.

Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone by Douglas Smith (Author), Gary Ferguson
This book presents the inspiring story behind one of the most controversial and innovative conservation projects in the world. This is the inspiring story of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, an innovative and controversial conservation scheme which has so far released thirty-one Canadian grey wolves into Yellowstone National Park. "Decade of the Wolf" includes never-before-told stories from everyone involved in the project and new scientific discoveries that have been made as a direct result of the project. This volume also features a stunning collection of previously unpublished full colour photographs of wolves in a 32-page insert. This is a must-read volume for anyone with an interest in conservation and the efforts being made to save one of the world's most magnificent creatures.

Student Dissertations
Many students complete research projects at the UKWCT. Click here to visit the dissertation page.