A couple of the auction items this year include paintings done by wolves in the sanctuary. Animal care staff place paint on a canvas and the wolves walk across to make a painting. One of the pieces was completed by three different wolves.
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 will take place October 23-25, with an optional free Monday workshop on October 22. Guest speakers on 10/22 will discuss wolf, bear and mountain lion research and management projects in Washington. The course is full at this time.
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:
If you are interested next year’s Wildlife Handling course, contact Linda Saunders, Director of Conservation, 360.264.4695 x216.
Course content includes:
- Five-step preparation for field operations
- Legal responsibilities
- Drug delivery systems
- Immobilizing drugs
- Patient monitoring
- Marking sampling
- Veterinary emergencies
- 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:
- Promoting and improving animal welfare (in a non-prescriptive manner) in programs and activities relating to wildlife research and management.
- Teaching the highest quality courses in wildlife capture, chemical immobilization and handling.
- Providing professional preparation and field assistance with wildlife captures, transport, and disease investigations.
At Wolf Haven International, a wolf sanctuary in Tenino, Thurston County, staff members have already modified the wolves’ schedule this summer, mainly because of hot weather. Staff members feed them late at night,…
Wolf Haven’s annual fall fundraiser and annual meeting, Wolves & Wine offers guests and supporters an opportunity to share their passion for wolves and our mission: To conserve and protect wolves and their habitat. This evening of fun offers both silent and live auctions, beer and wine tastings, plentiful hors d’oeuvres and a chance to mingle with fellow wildlife supporters.
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:
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)
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.
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.