Tuesday, December 05, 2006









I volunteered at a Wolf Sanctuary in Southern Colorado called Mission:Wolf. It is a wonderful place where volunteers live and care for forty one wolf and wolf-dog hybrids and educate the public about wolf preservation. The wolves at Mission: Wolf were all born in captivity and can therefore never be released, but they have a beautiful place to spend their days here. We did a lot of socializing of wolves and hybrids. The hybrids were getting socialized in order to be adopted into families and the wolves were socialized in order to be used in educational programs at schools across the US. One of the incredible privileges of working at Mission:Wolf was being able to have one-on-one time with wolves. The way to greet wolves is to crouch to their level and bare your teeth. That way they can lick inside your mouth and get to know you, as you can see I am getting this treatment in the top pic. It was of course scary but exhilarating and definitely a once in a lifetime experience. The guy in the other pic is the director of Mission: Wolf, Kent. For more info. go to www.missionwolf.com. I highly recommend visiting, as you can see it's a beautiful place!!

The lighter of these is a hybrid.

4 Comments:

Blogger Donna said...

Very interesting! I don't know much about wolves at all, but I know a little more now. You're brave letting that one "get to know you"!

10:20 PM

 
Blogger SusanE said...

Wow, that is totally cool. What a great experience.

6:32 AM

 
Blogger FinnyKnits said...

That sounds like an incredible experience. I've been a supporter of the reintroduction efforts going on in Idaho, but don't know too much about the efforts going on to rescue those in captivity beyond the work of the folks at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge. Very cool - I'm envious! I'd love to get to know these wolves.

1:32 PM

 
Blogger laura g. said...

If you ever get to that area, it's well worth the drive to check this place out. They have tours every day and are the greatest people!

3:00 PM

 

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