The 79 year old Wolf researcher Werner Freund, a former German paratrooper, established the wolf sanctuary Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig in the German province of Saarland in 1972 and has raised more than 70 animals over the last 40 years. The wolves, acquired as cubs from zoos or animal parks, were mostly hand-reared. Spread over 25 acres, Wolfspark is currently home to 29 wolves forming six packs from European, Siberian, Canadian, Artic and Mongolian regions. Werner has to behave as the wolf alpha male of the pack to earn the other wolves respect and to be accepted.

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Mongolian wolf licks mouth of German wolf researcher Freund at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Mongolian wolf licks mouth of German wolf researcher Freund at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund stands next to hanged deer cadavers at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

A hanged deer cadaver is pictured at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Mongolian wolf licks the face of German wolf researcher Freund at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Mongolian wolves devour a deer cadaver in an enclosure at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund lies next to Mongolian wolves as they devour deer cadaver at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund lies next to Mongolian wolves as they devour deer cadaver at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund lies next to Mongolian wolves as they devour deer cadaver at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund bites into deer cadaver next to Mongolian wolf at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund poses for a portrait picture at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund feeds Arctic wolves with meat at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund feeds Arctic wolves with meat at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund feeds Arctic wolves with meat at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund feeds Arctic wolves with meat at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund feeds Arctic wolves with meat at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund is followed by an Arctic wolf at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund is surrounded by Arctic wolves at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund holds out a treat as an Arctic wolf comes near at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund is surrounded by Arctic wolves at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund strokes Arctic alpha wolf Monty with his walking stick at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

An Arctic wolf howls in enclosure at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Arctic wolves stand in enclosure at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund howls while sitting in enclosure for Arctic wolves at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Arctic wolves stand in enclosure at Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund wife Erika sit in living room of their home near Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Wolf researcher Werner Freund from Wolfspark Werner Freund in Germany

Wolf researcher Freund wife Erika sits at a table in his home near Wolfspark Werner Freund in Merzig. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Jan 27, 2013