New! 2018 Wolf Photography Dates

Wolf Haven International invites you to participate in one of our popular wolf photography visits. Photo visits are held during colder months, when the wolves are wearing their winter coats and are more active. The program begins at 8:00 am with a continental breakfast and brief presentation. The group will take photographs in the wolf sanctuary from 9 am – noon.

ECOlógica Magazine Summer 2017

EcoLogica pg 9 – “Wolf Haven: a true sanctuary for wolves”

Driving south from Tacoma to Portland, just ten minutes out of exit 101 there is a very special place. A place different from anything you have heard of. A place full of peace and with some beautiful inhabitants: a wolf sanctuary surrounded by a blooming prairie.

Manejando hacia el sur, de Tacoma a Portland, a sólo diez minutos de la salida 101 hay un lugar muy especial. Un lugar
diferente a todo lo que hayas conocido. Un lugar lleno de paz y con unos habitantes hermosos: un santuario de lobos rodeado de una pradera floreciente.

Chemical Immobilization and Humane Handling Course

Are you a caretaker working with captive exotic or indigenous wildlife? Do you rescue and rehabilitate wildlife or work in a setting where veterinary care is performed? Are you interested in learning how to safely and humanely chemically immobilize the animals you care for? Do you want to provide wildlife care in a respectful and compassionate manner and learn best practices? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Chemical Immobilization and Humane Handling is for you.

In the first of a series of courses focusing on compassionate wildlife care, Mark R. Johnson, DVM of Global Wildlife Resources (GWR), Wolf Haven International, The Wildcat Sanctuary, and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), are offering a unique 4-day course that will focus on compassionate chemical immobilization and humane handling of wildlife living in sanctuaries and other animal facilities. This course will focus on wild and exotic species from the canid and felid families; however, professionals working with all species are welcome and encouraged to register. You will gain practical skills and knowledge that you can immediately apply in your own facility.

This is one of the most extensive chemical immobilization courses in North America and includes a course notebook and daily labs, culminating in a hands-on lab with captive wolves. Participants will also receive a Certificate of Chemical Immobilization Training upon course completion.

Register / More Information:

FEES: $650 ($675 after October 1, 2017)

CONTACT:  Wendy Spencer, Sanctuary Director, 360.264.4695 x218.

READ MORE about GWR, The Wildcat Sanctuary, GFAS  and the Chemical Immobilization and Humane Handling course here.

 

Sustainability in Prisons Project – visiting Wolf Haven’s prairie

This is a wonderful blog post written about The Evergreen State College and WA State Department of Corrections Sustainability in Prisons Project.  Inmate technicians were able to see first-hand the rare prairie that they are helping to restore. So many groups in the Pacific Northwest are dedicated to preserving and restoring our disappearing native prairies and we at Wolf Haven are grateful to all of them.

CLICK HERE to READ AND SEE PHOTOS of Sustainability in Prison’s Project prairie work.

 

Text by Jeanne Dodds, SPP Prairie Conservation Nursery Coordinator for Washington Corrections Center for Women and Photos by Ricky Osborne

Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization for Wildlife Professionals

A 3-day Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization for Wildlife Professionals course, taught by Dr. Mark Johnson of Global Wildlife Resources, takes place annually at Wolf Haven during the month of October.  This year’s course runs from October 24-26, with an optional free Monday workshop on October 23. Classroom lecture and hands-on labs focus on the needs of researchers and managers to understand the skills and equipment associated with wildlife capture, physical restraint, and chemical immobilization. The course also covers each aspect of animal handling such a radio-collaring, weighing, sample collection and patient monitoring.

It is intended for wildlife agency personnel and other wildlife professionals, federal, state and tribal wildlife personnel; zoo and sanctuary employees and volunteers; animal control officers; and university students. Course includes course notebook and labs each day. Participants will also receive a Certificate of Training upon course completion.

Register / More Information:
For information about the Wildlife Handling course, contact Linda Saunders, Director of Conservation, 360.264.4695 x216.

Course content includes:

  • Five-step preparation for field operations
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Professionalism
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Immobilizing drugs
  • Patient monitoring
  • Marking sampling
  • Veterinary emergencies
  • Euthanasia
  • Human safety
  • Ethical issues
  • Honoring each animal through equipment and techniques

About Global Wildlife Resources, Inc.
Global Wildlife Resources, Inc. (GWR) is a progressive organization dedicated to supporting wildlife professionals and bringing honor, care, and respect to those animals affected by research and management by:

  1. Promoting and improving animal welfare (in a non-prescriptive manner) in programs and activities relating to wildlife research and management.
  2. Teaching the highest quality courses in wildlife capture, chemical immobilization and handling.
  3. Providing professional preparation and field assistance with wildlife captures, transport, and disease investigations.