The dire wolf is an all around great mount. Not only can it be used to farm meat chitin and other resources it can be used to quickly travel across the map. The wolf can defend itself against almost everything,except high level brontos and Rex's. It is definitely worth the long game times!!
Getting a TLC patch in March 2018 to add howl that will initiate the pack bonus for 5 minutes, will be able to sniff out players or creatures with less than 50% health, and will be able to detect explorer notes.