Did you know that it's National Wolf Awareness Week? No? Well, I've done my part for the cause then.

Minnesota Zoo and Eduweb honored the week by posting their first trailer for Slough Creek, an upcoming episode for educational simulation game WolfQuest. In the game, players create and play as a grey wolf in Yellowstone National Park, hunting for food, avoiding bears and other dangers, and even finding a mate.

The new episode takes that last concept further, dropping players into a family with pups:

"Pups will be six weeks old, with coloration based on the coats of your wolf and your mate. You will be able to interact with your pups (in fact, it will be essential to their survival!), though you will not be able to design them. The game will accurately reflect real threats to pups, and like real wolf pups, it is quite possible that some will not survive. So you must do your best to take care of them!"

Despite the game's less than stellar graphics and 10- to 13-year-old target audience, this looks like the definitive game for experiencing everyday life as a wolf (next to the seminal Looney Tunes: Sheep Raider). Though Minnesota Zoo and Eduweb say they're still working on finishing the missions, polishing gameplay, and squashing bugs, they expect to release Slough Creek in late November.