"Once upon a time" is an ongoing project. I`m trying to find out more about the origin of the relationship between human and animal. I started this series last year, when I went to a wolf science centre in Austria for 3 months. The wolf is an animal that has inspired our imagination like no other. Countless legends, myths and fairy tales revolve around wolves. In many parts of the world, wolves were persecuted to extinction. It is worth noting however that in former times wolves became man‘s best friend. Next to humans, wolves once had the largest natural geographical range of all mammalian species. The wolf triggers both fear and fascination at the same time. Indigenous people have worshiped him as a totem, as the origin of human existence. Wolves were admired and revered for their strength, their courage and their clever way of hunting. In ancient times, the Romans considered them as symbols of sacrifice and motherhood. Indeed, it was a wolf who raised the city‘s two founders Romulus and Remus. However, later in the Middle Ages farmers regarded wolves as wild beasts. For the privileged they became highly coveted trophies. Later they became the epitome of an unspoiled life in an untouched nature. The wolf as a beacon of hope. Wherever he enters, nature seems to be intact. For more than 60 000 years humans and wolves lived together. A shared history from which the dogs finally evolved. They became constant companions of man. They have influenced our culture, they live in our culture, they live in our family, they became part of our family.