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Iowa Brutus
Male Wolf
Iowa Brutus joined the Big Pack in the Sky on October 4th, 2011.
He passed at 11 years old due to old age.
Brutus was born on April of 2000, and arrived at Wild Spirit in April of 2008, along with his brother, Navar, and sister, Akela. We originally were meant to rescue another of the siblings, Callie, but she unfortunately passed during her spay procedure.
The trio had originally belonged to Fejervary Children’s Zoo in Davenport, Iowa, which had been around for a century. The zoo had purchased six pups from Wilderness Kingdom Zoo, and the four remained by the time Wild Spirit agreed to take them.
Fejervary Zoo began to have a difficult time with funding and community support. Additionally, the eight year-old wolves had very high stress levels, and prior to her passing, Callie and her sister, Akela, had been getting into substantially more severe fights. Eager to ensure they were well cared for, Fejervary reached out to us for placement.
After ensuring we had the space and resources to guarantee they would have all their needs met, we drove to Davenport, assisted with the wolves’ capture, and brought them to Wild Spirit. Within only a few weeks, all three began coming up to the fence for tours and accepting food from Caretakers’ hands without issue.


Brutus was the bravest and most curious about the happenings in his enclosure. He was a very sweet man that liked attention from his Caretakers — he also approached the fence when visitors walked by. Brutus would occasionally pick on his brother, Navar, but the two were also seen frolicking around the enclosure. He loved his sister Akela dearly, and with him, she could do no wrong.


Brutus lived with his siblings from Iowa, Navar and Akela.

Likes & Dislikes

Brutus liked butt scratches, getting his food thrown first, and his sister Akela

Brutus disliked ravens stealing his food and/or when ravens picked on him, never-before-seen enrichment activities (he was afraid of them), and when Cove and Lucian were showing off. 

Fun Facts

Brutus was quite neophobic (fearful of new things), especially with enrichment activities in his enclosure. He was extremely cautious and took a long time to build up the courage to explore it. He had been seen many times pawing the dirt around the item, briefly nosing it before leaping away, and just staring at it intently from several yards away. Luckily, with enough time, he realized that the enrichment was only good and would sit down to enjoy it.

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