Locating active wolf dens
Besides the prime goal of holding wolf cubs in your hands, EB5’s catchphrase is the main philosophy of this trip: looking for an enigmatic animal in its natural surroundings. Guided by a local researcher, you leave every morning from a remote field station in a 4WD vehicle. On arrival at a particular location you continue on foot through the vast forest that has a biodiversity you’ve most probably never seen before. From the beginning till the end you will be able to follow tracks of the resident wolf packs. Very exciting too are the pre placed trailcams in the area. They will give you an instant and real image/idea of the several packs, pairs and solitary wolves in the area. A trip for those who want to experience pure nature at its best!
Base camp is a remote field station situated in the centre of Naliboki forest. Although not comparable to most Western standards it does have basic toilet and washing facilities and wood fire heated dining and sleeping rooms.
Off the beaten track
People interested in joining this trip have to be physicaly fit. While exploring the area and searching for wolves, daily walks from dusk till dawn are standard. These explorations will take place in vast forests full of natural obstacles (uprooted and fallen trees, wet channels and marshes…). Lunch is usually consumed in the field. Besides being in good shape participants require stamina, determination, being flexible and have an open minded spirit. As mosquitos flourish this time of the year, DEET repellent is highly recommended.
A lot more to see in biodiverse areas
The two thousand km² forest that will be explored hosts an array of other exciting wildlife: Lynx, Beavers, Otters, Elk (Moose), European Bison, Raccoon Dogs, Fox, Polecats, Pine Martens, American Mink, Red and Roe Deer and Wild Boar. A good number of forest birds are resident in the area too: Goshawk, Pygmy Owl, Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse, Three-toed, White-backed, Grey-headed, Middle Spotted and Black Woodpeckers. Migrants like Black Stork, Spotted Crake and Lesser-spotted Eagle will have returned too.