Northwest NEWS

July 5, 1999


'Wolves' opens at Science Center


'Wolves' has made its Northwest debut at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The film dispels myths and misconceptions about the wolf and features life in a wolf pack.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Science Center.

by Deborah Stone

   The IMAX film Wolves, presented by the National Wildlife Federation, is making its U.S. West Coast debut at the Pacific Science Center.

   This interesting film helps to dispel age-old myths and misconceptions about the wolf's intelligence, loyalty, and social structure. Audiences learn how wolves play, hunt, travel, howl, and struggle to survive, and will be amazed at the variety of temperaments and personalities these fascinating creatures display.

   Wolves investigates some of the feelings this animal has inspired over time, from terror to spiritual brotherhood and awe. Filmed on location in Yellowstone National Park, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Quebec, and in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, the film provides viewers with rarely-seen footage of Canis lupus, the gray wolf.

   "This film is more than spectacular entertainment," says National Wildlife Federation President Mark Van Putten. "It will give people an understanding and appreciation of why we need wolves in the world."

   Wolves also addresses the controversial issue of wolf reintroduction, a relevant topic in the Pacific Northwest where there is much discussion regarding the return of wolves to the Olympic Peninsula.

   The film follows the 1994 inaugural reintroduction project, "Operation Wolfstock," when gray wolves trapped in Alberta, Canada, were transported to Yellowstone, where their reintroduction has since been considered one of America's most famous wildlife success stories.

   There are scenes from the Wolf Education and Research Center, a haven for wolves and educational center managed by the Nez Perce tribe of central Idaho. Other scenes capture life in a wolf pack, revealing a most surprisingly ordered and nurturing family unit. One of the most unique features of the film is the opportunity for viewers to meet Koani, a wild wolf raised by humans to be an ambassador for her species.

   Wolves reaches out to audiences and shows an inspiring story of survival against many odds. The film shows the good that people can do and the changes in attitude that are necessary to help return these amazing and beautiful creatures from near-extinction.

   The show runs through the summer with a specific date to be determined. For ticket information, call 206-443-IMAX.