The Arabian Grey wolf is native to Jordan and may still be found in the wild. Unfortunately there are a number of wolves held in unspeakable conditions in the local zoos and a number may even be found in illegal private ownership. In Jordan all native species are protected and may not be held in captivity.
The first group of wolves were confiscated from various zoos. They were terribly stereotypical, throwing themselves against the walls and pacing their enclosures. When they first came to New Hope a full rehabilitation programme was implemented for them however it was very clear to see that these would not be fit for release back into the wild as they would not be able to survive and would end up returning to populated areas posing a threat to people and themselves.
An outdoor enclosure was established for this group and on their release the group ran for an hour solid enjoying thier freedom, the feel of the soil beneath their paws and tearing through the bushes. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking to see at the same time. What had these animals endured?
Over the years a number of wolves have joined the pack at New Hope. A few have been fit for release, where the others are introduced to the resident pack.