The perfect gift for readers who love compelling animal stories, this gripping book about Yellowstone's famous Wolf 21 offers "a redemption story, an adventure story, and perhaps above all, a love story."--Nate Blakeslee, New York Times bestselling author of American Wolf
The Druid Peak Pack was the most famous wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park, and maybe even in the world.
This is the dramatic true story of its remarkable leader, Wolf 21--whose compassion and loyalty challenges commonly held beliefs about alpha males.
In this compelling follow-up to the national bestseller The Rise of Wolf 8, Rick McIntyre profiles one of Yellowstone's most revered alpha males, Wolf 21. Leader of the Druid Peak Pack, Wolf 21 was known for his unwavering bravery, his unusual benevolence (unlike other alphas, he never killed defeated rival males), and his fierce commitment to his mate, the formidable Wolf 42.
Wolf 21 and Wolf 42 were attracted to each other the moment they met--but Wolf 42's jealous sister interfered viciously in their relationship. After an explosive insurrection within the pack, the two wolves came together at last as leaders of the Druid Peak Pack, which dominated the park for more than 10 years.
McIntyre recounts the pack's fascinating saga with compassion and a keen eye for detail, drawing on his many years of experience observing Yellowstone wolves in the wild. His outstanding work of science writing offers unparalleled insight into wolf behavior and Yellowstone's famed wolf reintroduction project. It also offers a love story for the ages.
"Like Thomas McNamee, David Mech, Barry Lopez, and other literary naturalists with an interest in wolf behavior, McIntyre writes with both elegance and flair, making complex biology and ethology a pleasure to read. Fans of wild wolves will eat this one up."--Kirkus starred review
About the Author
RICK MCINTYRE has spent more than 40 years watching wolves in America's national parks, 25 of those years in Yellowstone, where he has accumulated over 100,000 wolf sightings and educated the public about the park's most famous wolves. He has spoken about the Yellowstone wolves with 60 Minutes, NPR, and CBC, and he is profiled extensively in Nate Blakeslee's American Wolf and in international publications. He lives in Silver Gate, Montana.MARC BEKOFF is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
"A gripping tale of triumph and loss told with an unsurpassed appreciation for the wolves of Yellowstone and the natural world they inhabit."
--Bernd Heinrich, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont and author of Mind of the Raven
"It is the way [Rick McIntyre] sees wolves--as fellow social beings with stories to share--that makes his books so powerful."
--Ed Bangs, former US Fish and Wildlife Service wolf recovery coordinator for the Northern Rockies
"This book is a treasure."
--Douglas W. Smith, PhD, Yellowstone Wolf Project Leader, Yellowstone National Park
Praise for the first book in the Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone series, The Rise of Wolf 8
An Amazon.com Best Science Book of 2019
"Rick's book is a goldmine... and clearly shows [wolves] are clever, smart, and emotional beings."
"[Rick McIntyre's] greatest strength is the quiet respect and wonder with which he regards his subjects, a quality clearly informed by decades of careful watching."
"The main attraction of [The Rise of Wolf 8] is the storytelling... including the powerful origin story of one of Yellowstone's greatest and most famous wolves."
"McIntyre is a gifted and fluent storyteller... His book will make readers reconsider negative images of the wolf."