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.

We achieved so much this year!

London & Lexi

With the addition of pups, rescues, and Species Survival Plan wolves, we provided care for a howling chorus of 62 wolves and wolfdogs plus two lively coyotes. A record number of animals – 64 – reside at Wolf Haven.

December World of Wolves – meet our new residents Hodari & Mariah

Welcome Two New Wolf Haven Residents: Hodari and Mariah
Many of you recall that Mexican gray wolf Gypsy’s (F907) lifelong companion, Diablo, passed away not long ago at the age of 17. Gypsy showed significant signs of mourning the loss of her friend and we immediately began looking for another wolf in the Species Survival Plan program. A new friend eventually arrived from the Endangered Wolf Center. His number is M1458 (house name Hodari) and he is one and a half years old.

November World of Wolves – Compassionate Care

Combining lecture, lab and hands-on examination of critically endangered wolves, the training emphasis is on humane, respectful capture and treatment of wildlife. It is an incredible honor to meet and work with the attendees who come from all walks of life and around the world to attend this course.

Tribute to Diablo, a Mexican gray wolf

Diablo's final portrait, 2017

Diablo’s final portrait (Julie Lawrence for Wolf Haven International, 2017)

At 17, Diablo defied the odds- most wolves never live to see their 10th birthday let alone their 17th – so we knew that we were on borrowed time. We realized that eventually his age would catch up with him and the day would come when we would need to say goodbye. That day came on Sunday, June 25.

Until nearly the end, Diablo enjoyed good quality of life. He had some age-related challenges; he had become hard of hearing, his vision wasn’t as sharp and he had generalized stiffness and weakness. This was particularly pronounced in his back-end, especially if he laid in the same spot for a long time and then tried to get up. All things considered, though, he was as spry as a 17 year-old wolf could be.

Gypsy and Diablo

Gypsy and Diablo  photo taken by Julie Lawrence

Diablo was immediately identifiable because of the twin notches in his ears.  He was born at a zoo in Detroit, where it is believed that the notches were caused by sibling squabbles. Diablo came to live at Wolf Haven in 2004 when he was three years old.

A Mexican gray wolf, Diablo was a participant in a federally managed Species Survival Plan program designed to preserve the survival and health of this critically endangered subspecies of the gray wolf. His longstanding companion was Gypsy, a female Mexican wolf.  Because their enclosure was on the public visitor route, over the years hundreds of people were privileged to see the beauty and unique coloration of this rare breed. Beyond  this, though, visitors could bear witness to a bonded pair that carried themselves with dignity and grace.

Young Diablo (2004)

Young Diablo (2004) taken by Julie Lawrence

Diablo was a teacher to us in so many ways and he undoubtedly touched everyone who encountered him. We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to care for him all these years but there is definitely a void in the sanctuary, not only for his longtime companion Gypsy, but for all of us.

Rest in peace sweet Diablo.

Lovingly written by Wendy Spencer and Kim Young
Wolf Haven

July World of Wolves – Mexican gray wolf pups!

We were very excited when pups were born to first-time parents F1422 (Vida) and M1360 (Kochi) in April. These two wolves are very genetically valuable to the healthy preservation of the species; in fact, this new family is considered the most genetically valuable group in the entire captive Mexican wolf population!

June World of Wolves – Eight red wolf pups!

In 2016, five red wolf pups were born at Wolf Haven (four survived). The following spring, eight red wolf pups were born – TO THE SAME PARENTS! F1945 (Nash) and M1482 (Tala) are now the proud parents of twelve offspring.

February 2017 World of Wolves – Breeding season

Breeding recommendations for critically endangered wolves: We have two pair of wolves recommended for breeding this year!