• The Reign of Wolf 21

  • The Saga of Yellowstone's Legendary Druid Pack 9The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone, Book 2)
  • By: Rick McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Geoff Sugiyama
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“A redemption story, an adventure story, and perhaps above all, a love story.” (Nate Blakeslee, New York Times best-selling 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 best seller 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)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Rick McIntyre (P)2021 Greystone Books

Critic Reviews

“McIntyre’s stories of mutual aid among the wolves will remind us that all life is poised in an ever-shifting dance of competition and co-operation. We can all learn some lessons from McIntyre’s beloved beasts.” (The Vancouver Sun)

“Like Darwin, McIntyre is an inclusionist and is thus able to enter the hearts and minds of wolves, providing us with a consummately rounded picture of their lives. Along the way, he creates a fully realized world that stands whole and sublime alongside our far more troubled human one.” (Mountain Journal

“Wolves have always been majestic creatures, and The Reign of Wolf 21...beautifully illustrates this. [G]reat for nature lovers or people interested in learning more about wolves and wolf behavior.” (The Yakima Herald

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Wonderfully told. A love story of the best kind at its core.

There are super heroes in this story, not least of whom is Rick McIntyre. These wolves will stay with us. Their bond. Their impact on the Park. The Druid alphas are models for humanity to follow.

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I’m sitting here crying about animals that died almost twenty years ago

And despite that, I don’t regret it at all. And I feel even more honored that my life is guarded by a descendent of animals like 42 (I have a medical alert service dog)

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The Reign of Wolf 21 is inspiring and heartwarming

I love this book ! I loved learning every detail about wolf 21s life, as well as his mate 42 s and every wolf identified in the book.. The book is well written .It makes you feel like you are there at Yellowstone with the researchers.. Thank you for all the details ,all of your time and efforts into studying these amazing animals. Thank you for continuing to educate the visitors at Yellowstone and the general public on the importance of wolves and how they contribute to our lives immensely .

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Book 2 of Rick McIntyre👍

If you enjoyed the story of Wolf 8 you’ll enjoy the continuation of the epic story of the Druid pack under the leadership of Wolf 21 & Wolf 42.
Rick’s observations and collaborations with other biologists continue to deepen the understanding of the relation of wolfs to the the rest of the natural order. Well done!

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Great read for wolf lovers

The book is well paced and tells a great story. It makes me want to go on a wolf tour of Yellowstone.