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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.

Dates:

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)

Admission:

  • $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 info@wolfhaven.org.

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.

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.

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.

Wolf Haven Welcomes Two New Residents – Nisqually Valley News

Wolf Haven International is now home to a record 65 wolves, wolf dogs and coyotes thanks to the addition of two new wolves, Mariah and Hodari.

The reserve located just north of Tenino is both a sanctuary and endangered species haven for the red wolf and the Mexican wolf. It was founded in 1982, and houses displaced and captive-born wolves.

Exploring Tumwater – JBLM In 10

Ever wonder what it’s like to live in Tumwater, Washington? JBLM (Joint Base Lewis-McChord) in 10 did, too. So we jumped in the car and took a trip to the petite, pioneering city to give you the inside scoop on what makes it unique.  Although Wolf Haven isn’t in Tumwater itself, it’s the next town over and was included in the video!

2018 Wolf Photography Dates – ALL SOLD OUT

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.

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.

Putting “big bad” to bed – Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Third-graders at Columbia River Gorge Elementary School were able to lay their storybook perceptions of the “big, bad wolf” to rest this week, after experiencing Wolfways, an educational presentation about wolves in the wild, on Monday, Dec. 4.

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.

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, is held annually at Wolf Haven during the month of October.  This year’s course took place October 24-26, and there was an optional free Monday workshop with guest speakers on October 23. Their topics ranged from the humane handling of bears and cougars to the dynamics of black bear population dynamics in the North Cascades.

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  receive a Certificate of Training upon course completion.

Register / More Information:
For information about the 2018 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.