Wolf Haven International – Oregon Field Guide

This Oregon Field Guide video originally aired on PBS in 2013 but it covers so many aspects of Wolf Haven International that we want to show it again.

 

 

Lobos – A Wolf Family Returns To The Wild

Lobos – A Wolf Family Returns to the Wild

This children’s book about a family of Mexican gray wolves (lobos) is a follow-up to Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America, (2016, Sasquatch Books). It is a hopeful conservation story about a family of endangered Mexican wolves who begin their lives at Wolf Haven, are transferred to Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch in New Mexico, and ultimately released into the wild in Mexico.

The nonfiction story by Brenda Peterson is illustrated with color photography by Annie Marie Musselman, both of whom were the principals behind the earlier Wolf Haven book. With easy to read text and heart-warming pictures, young people will enjoy learning about wolves and the challenge of reintroducing an endangered species to the wild. Lobos is scheduled for release in mid-August 2018, and prerelease orders can be placed with Amazon, Sasquatch Books, Penguin Random House and other sellers. It will also be available at Wolf Haven’s physical gift shop and website following publication.

You can read reviews of both books here:

Lobos: A Wolf Family Returns to the Wild

Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America

by Kim Young, Director of Communications
(This revised article was originally published in Summer 2018 issue of Wolf Tracks,
a Wolf Haven International members-only magazine)

Maternity Bat Boxes – by South Sound Prairies

Maternity bat box

Maternity bat box

Wolf Haven Bat Box Occupied by Maternity Colony

In 2012, a dozen bat boxes were erected at Wolf Haven International to enhance habitat for our 10 species of native bats. Since their installation, bats have readily taken up residence.

August 2018 World of Wolves – Cooling off in the summer heat

Herbsicle photo taken by Melissa Poinsett

Herbsicle photo taken by Melissa Poinsett

The wolves all have splash tubs to cool off in and they receive a fresh bucket of water daily. The enclosures have shady trees and shrubs plus a shelter for an optional “get-away”. But you might be surprised at some of the other creative ways that our animal care team find to give them a bit of respite from the heat.

Coyotes of Capistrano – DP (Dana Point) Times

Skie Bender shows skull models to interested youth.

Skie Bender shows skull models to interested youth.

Generally speaking, human confrontations with wolves are pretty rare in an urban environment because wolves live in forested habitats and retain a fear of humans, whereas coyotes have learned to survive close to humans because we provide them with a food source – whether intentionally or unintentionally.

2018 Midsummer’s Night – all dates are sold out

All 2018 dates are sold out.

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 2018 dates are sold out.

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 25)
  • a continental breakfast
  • morning sanctuary visit.

For more information, call 360.264.4695 x220 or email info@wolfhaven.org.

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.

Ways to beat the heat if you’re a wolf

Now that we are deep into “the dog days of summer”, I thought it would be nice to take a look at some of the ways that the wolves at Wolf Haven get a little relief from the high temps.  Our residents all have shelters where they can retreat, plus their enclosures have shady trees, shrubs or other vegetation in them. Of course they all get daily pails of fresh water to drink and big metal splash tubs in which to take a dip. Here is a family of Mexican gray wolves sharing a tub.

Our animal care team also provide weekly enrichment of various kinds to the wolves. Enrichment items may or may not be edible – their primary purpose is to introduce something unusual and novel for the wolves to investigate and explore with their intellect and senses. Even something as seemingly simple as a stick with essential oil on it can be used successfully as enrichment.

During the hot days that we are currently experiencing, it’s nice to combine the enrichment item with something that is cool and refreshing, as well as unique. Bloodsicles anyone?   Male gray wolf Lonnie with his bloodsicle treat.

Or how about a tasty chicken footsicle, which combines smooth, slippery ice with crunchy, well, feet.

So the next time you feel like complaining about the heat, take a tip from our creative animal care team and the wolves!

Kim Young, Director of Communications

 

WOLVES, COYOTES AND DOGS – OH MY!

by Skie Bender, Education Outreach California, Wolf Haven International
Skulls Photos Credit:  Kristin Olivarez

How exhilarating and simultaneously challenging it is to capture the attention of an audience that ranges in age from small children to adults.

First, I connect with the squirmy youngsters that are seated on the floor. I must immediately encapsulate these spirited fresh minds, or else the single file focus of the room will rapidly dissipate.

I begin by asking the children,

Who has a dog?
Who has seen a coyote at their home, school or park?
Has anybody seen a wolf?

I click the laser remote to the first slide, which is always a video of wolves that fills the entire screen, so everyone is instantly awed by the up close and personal beauty and majesty of these apex canids.

The Wolves, Coyotes and Dogs Education Program contains a plethora of pictures and videos. If a picture is worth 1000 words, than showing these striking images as I speak of biological, sociological and ethological facts about canids greatly enhances the learning process.

Using sight and sound to keep attention

Using sight and sound to capture attention

How does one talk about all this to a five year-old child?
By showing, not telling.

On the topic of ethology I show the children through body language that we too are human animals. For example, I ask them;

Who plays sports?
What do you play…soccer…okay…when you score a goal…
what do you do, how do you act?

 The kids proceed to show me how they raise their arms above their head in a winning cheer, with a big smile on their face, their eyes are wide and staring confident and direct at me.

And if you are sad, show me what you look like?

The children curl inward and look down with a frown.
I now shift focus back to the videos.

Skie shows skull models to young people

Skie shows skull models to young people

Let’s watch the wolves body language and see if we can interpret what they are saying!

While the children intently study videos of Wolf Haven’s wolves playfully jaw wrestling, play bowing, tail wagging, tail up, tail tucked, growling over a piece of food, scent rolling, howling, and splashing excitedly in their tubs, I engage the adults in the audience by interjecting scientific information.

In this collaborative participatory style of communication we proceed to learn about the differences and similarities between wolves, dogs and coyotes, the family pack, pup development, endangered wolves, the important roles that wolves and coyotes serve in an ecosystem, urban coexistence with coyotes, canid communication (which includes body, vocal and scent expression), and of course what they eat in the wild and what we feed our animals at Wolf Haven. We conclude the program with a video of a wolf crunching down on a favorite summer treat – a tuna popsicle!

Now I invite everyone to come up and examine the skulls, antlers and tracks.

Please, touch touch touch! And ask ask ask!
I love answering questions!

The program is not over until I am back in my car driving away. My intent never wanes. I hope to have connected with new people. I hope to have left a lasting lifelong impression, not only for reverence of wolves, coyotes and dogs, not only for wildlife, but for life itself!

 

It’s Your Community – interview with Wolf Haven on Mixx96

Dick Pust & Kim Young

Dick Pust & Kim Young

Kim Young, Director of Communications with Wolf Haven International near Tenino talks about wolves with Dick Pust, on “It’s Your Community.” KXXO MIXX96.1.

July 2018 World of Wolves – Montana sanctuary update

Sanctuary director Wendy Spencer throwing chicken over fence

Sanctuary director Wendy Spencer throwing chicken over fence in Montana.

 

 

Wolf Haven has been managing the McCleery Wolf Foundation for over a month now. This sanctuary houses 30+ captive-born gray wolves, and is located in scenic (and currently very hot) Bridger, Montana.