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A Midsummer’s Night 2019- SOLD OUT

Admission to our Midsummer’s Night events is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist (for possible cancellations), call 360.264.4695 x220 or click on the Book Now button.

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. As an accredited 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.

2019 Dates:

All dates begin on Saturday night and conclude Sunday morning.

  • June 22 (adults only)
  • July 20
  • July 27
  • August 10
  • August 24 (adults only)

Admission:

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

Included with admission:

  • dinner
  • an enrichment visit in the sanctuary with animal care staff
  • a prairie walk
  • overnight camping
  • a continental breakfast
  • morning sanctuary visit.

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

Due to the limited number of admissions and the enormous popularity of the event, there will be NO refunds given for this event. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

 

 

A wolf called London – blog by Jenny Landor

The Wild Adventures of Naturalist Christopher Montero – Thurston Talk

Born in Costa Rica, Chris grew up in an urban area, but his extended family lived in the country where he spent his summers. “Those are my fondest memories,” Chis shares. “That shaped a lot of my interest in animals, nature, and being outdoors.” 

Wolf Haven welcomes newest resident – wolfdog Layla – The Daily Chronicle

The newest resident at the Wolf Haven International sanctuary in Tenino used to only roam as far as the backyard cable connected to her collar would let her go. Layla, a first-generation wolfdog — her mother was a wolf and her father a Malamute — recently arrived at Wolf Haven by way of an animal shelter in Thurston County. 

Wolf Haven Photographer Debuts New Book – ParentMap

Seattle-based fine-art photographer Annie Marie Musselman has photographed the likes of Gloria Steinem and Barack Obama for magazines including OutsideThe New Yorker and Elle, but it’s her portraits of animals which resonate the most with people.

Mexican gray wolf

Mexican gray wolf, Annie Marie Musselman photo

Salmon Saturday

Lakota leaves his salmon to steal Sierra's fish.

Lakota leaves his salmon to steal Sierra’s fish.by Marisa Pushee, Animal Care Assistant, Wolf Haven International

Merlin carries his salmon

Merlin carries his salmon.

Here at Wolf Haven International, we feed a wide range of raw meats to our resident animals. Whenever possible, we source meat that would otherwise go to waste. One of the special treats we offer the wolves is salmon. In the photo above, Lakota abandons his salmon in favor of stealing one from his companion, Sierra. Luckily, she promptly reclaimed his abandoned fish.

Pike Place Fish Co. donates the salmon. The world famous seafood vendor at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington is known for its “flying fish presentations” where their fishmongers throw the fish in the air when they make a sale.  While the demonstration draws in the crowds at the market, the rough handling is too much for expensive salmon.

Bucket of salmon

Bucket of salmon.

This is where chum salmon enters as a stunt double for the wild king salmon. These stunt fish are thrown in the air several times before they are discarded. As these fish cannot be sold, Pike Place Fish Co. donates them to Wolf Haven International and other wildlife facilities. The salmon is deeply frozen for several days, and the extreme low temperatures of -5 degrees Fahrenheit kill any microorganisms that could pose a risk for the wolves, including Neorickettsia helminthoeca, the bacteria responsible for producing a fatal gastrointestinal infection in domestic dogs. We are only able to feed our animals the wild salmon because it has been deeply frozen in a commercial freezer.

Lonnie rolling on his salmon

Lonnie rolling on his salmon.

The wolves love the novelty of the fish. The salmon also provide high quality protein, fat, and minerals to the wolves. We are so happy to provide this exciting and nutritious food to the wolves and thank Pike Place Fish Co. for their support.

 

 

 

Wolves & Wine Event – Daily Chronicle

Wolf paw print art

Wolf paw print art

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.

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

 

Whatcom TALK: Road Trip: Thurston County’s Top 12 Attractions

by WhatcomTALK Editor May 16, 2018

Haven for Howlers – South Sound Magazine

Lexi, photo by Anice Bommerscheim

Lexi, photo by Anice Bommerscheim

Lexi was born in 2003 and spent the beginning of her young life tethered to an 8-foot-long drag chain with about 30 other wolves and wolfdogs.  People paid $5 to see them at a now-defunct tourist attraction in Alaska before she was rescued.