March World of Wolves – Wolves in the Snow

Juno in the snowAlthough snow isn’t unheard of in western Washington, it also isn’t very common. Even when it does snow, it’s unusual for the snow to remain on the ground for several days. Our animal care staff celebrated this event by taking photos of some of Wolf Haven residents surrounded by the white stuff.

2018 Midsummer’s Night Tickets on Sale March 13

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE TUESDAY MARCH 13 at 10am.   These can be purchased online under Reservations or by calling 360.264.4695 x220. Maximum number of attendees will be 20 per event night, and we expect to be sold out within three-four hours.

Wolf Haven’s Summer Event

Our premiere summer event, A Midsummer’s Night, offers guests the opportunity to see wolves, hear them howl, learn their stories, eat delicious food, walk through native prairie, camp overnight – and repeat in the morning. Twenty guests have an incredible opportunity to engage in a deeper way with our organization and support our mission.

A Midsummer’s Night reflects the heart of what it means to be a sanctuary. At an animal sanctuary, our philosophy is that the animals always come first. The resident animals of Wolf Haven are given every opportunity to behave as naturally as possible in a protective environment.  By keeping the group small, our guests can have a deeper, more intimate experience with our sanctuary, wolves, animal care staff and prairie – yet this will seem routine to our resident animals.


All dates begin on Saturday night.

  • June 23
  • July 21
  • July 28
  • August 11 – Adults ONLY
  • August 25* – Adults ONLY, evening only (reduced price – no overnight camping)


  • $100/person for adults
  • $90/person for youth (ages 4-18 – this event is NOT recommended for young children)

*special pricing for August 25 evening-only event  $50/person for adults

Included with admission:

  • dinner
  • an enrichment visit in the sanctuary with animal care staff
  • a prairie walk
  • overnight camping (no overnight on August 26)
  • a continental breakfast
  • morning sanctuary visit.

For more information, call 360.264.4695 x220 or email

CAMPING Information

Cancellations made less than 7 business days in advance of the reservation date will not be refunded. Refunds will be sent within 30 days of cancellation where applicable.

South Sound Ecological Burn Program – Centralia Chronicle

Prescribed burning began in Thurston County on July 12 at Glacial Heritage near Rochester. Those operations then expanded to include the Tenalquot Prairie area through Aug. 1 when smoke from around the region shut down the operation for two weeks. Once the smoke cleared, operations resumed on 14 acres at Wolf Haven near Tenino.

Olympia Named a Top 100 Place to Live

The capital of Washington, this modest-sized city offers vibrant culture, a charming downtown and a range of outdoor activities for residents. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Tumwater Falls Park and Wolf Haven International are just three of many natural attractions, and Puget Sound provides fantastic views, boating opportunities and great seafood.

January 2018 World of Wolves – Beginning the New Year on a Positive Note

Thank you to each and every one of you! Although you can’t see our gratitude, we feel as exuberant as our “Fresno Four” family of red wolves.

Tribute to Rocco

Rocco joins in a howl

Rocco joins in a howl

Today we pay tribute to Rocco, a male gray wolf who passed away in December. With his tawny coat and amber eyes, Rocco was stunning. Rocco and his sister, Natasha, came to live at Wolf Haven in 2005, after spending their first two years of life in private ownership.

Aside from a recurring skin issue during the rainy season, Rocco appeared to be a healthy and well-adjusted wolf, and celebrated his 14th birthday last spring.  By then, he was living with his fourth companion, a female gray wolf named Sitka Rose, (having outlived his previous three enclosure mates).

Roccos first official adoption photo, 2005.

Rocco’s first official “adoption” photo, 2005. (Julie Lawrence photo)

When animal care staff conducted the walk-through on Friday December 8, Rocco didn’t come to the fence for treats like he normally did. Instead, he paced, seemed disoriented and had a noticeable head tilt.  All symptoms were consistent with either post seizure or stroke. Animal care tried to offer him a meatball with medication, but he was not interested in food (very atypical for him). Given his condition and age, a seizure or stroke is not uncommon and we have observed it many times before in our senior residents. Because it would have been severely detrimental to catch him up (he is not tractable so it would have been stressful for him), the decision was made to let him be and monitor him closely. Even had we brought him into the clinic, there would not have been anything we could have done other than just wait and see- either he was going to rebound or he wasn’t. Whatever the outcome, we wanted it to be as peaceful and as least stressful as possible for him and his long-time friend, Sitka.

After spending the remaining morning and part of the afternoon pacing his enclosure, Rocco finally settled and lay down. When we checked on him just before dusk, Rocco was sleeping in the back of his enclosure. When he couldn’t be seen during the following morning walk-through, animal care staff went into the enclosure to search for him. Rocco was found in his den, tucked into a very deep chamber; he had passed sometime during the night. He looked very peaceful in that private space he had chosen as his last refuge.

Roccos final adoption photo. Julie Lawrence photo.

Rocco’s final adoption photo, 2017. ( Julie Lawrence photo)

Rocco is survived by his beautiful and playful friend Sitka who will surely miss him, as will all of us at Wolf Haven. We thank you for your support in providing a lifetime, loving home for Rocco and his three companions through all these years.

May your journey continue in peace, sweet Rocco.