VERY few people can say that they’ve been to a Howl Night, and those who have are in possession of an experience so raw, awe inspiring and downright fascinating as to be unforgettable. For those not yet in the know, a Howl Night at the Lobo park in Antequera, just inland from the Costa del Sol, is an evening where adventurous explorers can gather for a gripping tour of a unique wild wolf habitat under the eerie light of a full moon.
The night begins at dusk as a friendly group of people tuck into a delightful buffet before being armed with flashlights and heading off into the crisp mountain air. As twilight becomes nightfall the melodic and primal songs of the three wolf packs form an intense harmony which strangely creates an immediate bond between all the guests, English, Spanish, Germans and Australians, humans and wolves, together in a moment.
The tour itself is nothing short of spectacular, with the wolves roaming just metres away, Daniel, a man firmly in the mould of Crocodile Dundee, describes in wonderful detail the nature of the wolfpack from their biology to psychology. We learn the incredible similarities they share with humans, how the relationship between our species has evolved over time, why they howl during the full moon, and why it is so essential that the wolves’ wild nature is retained. We learn why everything you think you may know about wolves is wrong, and how the truth is infinitely more captivating that you could possibly imagine.
There are two astonishingly beautiful Alaskan wolves whose white fur glimmers in the moonlight, a feisty pack of Eurasian wolves from Russia, and a huge pack of native Iberians. We are given a full tour of each group, learn of their individualities, watch them roam, play, fight, devour and, of course, howl. The tour itself is that perfect combination of information, entertainment, humour, wit and marvel, answering questions that never even crossed your mind with answers that go to the heart of the human experience.
Quite frankly, you’d be hard pressed to find a tour or experience as satisfying as this, both sensually and intellectually, anywhere in the world. Decades of careful dedication have gone into creating an environment where wolves are wild and yet comfortable around humans, a painstaking task but a labour of love, done in the hope of awakening a more positive relationship between man and wolf.
For a night to remember, or for a daytime guided tour, contact the Lobo Park in Antequera today on +34 952 031 107, email them at [email protected], or visit their website www.lobopark.com. A lifetime of memories awaits.