THEY were once common across most of the Iberian Peninsular. But wolves are now found in only a few small parts of Spain.
In Antequera though, they are apparently making a comeback following the birth of six wolf cubs in the wild for the first time in decades.
The European Wolf cubs have now started making their first steps out into the open at the wildlife centre Lobo Park.
For the first time left to fend for themselves with their mother, they have coped admirably.
Park owners Daniel Weigend and Alexandra Stieber, both from Germany, have until this year reared all cubs initially by hand with bottles to encourage them to feel comfortable with humans.
But at the same time they have always wanted them to remain as wild as possible. This time though, the owners decided to let the wolves fend out in the park entirely for themselves.
Having had a great relationship with the cubs’ mother they were convinced the cubs would deal well with humans.
“It has been a great success,” says Daniel. “They are a lovely family group and are not scared of humans.”
Lobo Park had 26,000 visitors last year.