July 29, 2012
Having found out about a non-profit that focuses on conservation and wolves in San Diego County where I grew up, I made it a bucket list item that I will work for this non-profit before I die. Dramatic, I know. But hey, I love wolves. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of their summer interns & I loved the job so much, I ended up staying on as a volunteer for another 5 months after my 3 month internship, having only left because I've since moved to Africa & it would be immensely unfeasible to commute! The California Wolf Center is a small NPO with some big plans in mind, run by an insanely dedicated group of volunteers and only 3 underpaid staff members who always do much more than their jobs entail. Every weekend, public tours are available for people to come and learn about the importance of the wolf as a top predator in its habitat and how that affects the entire ecosystem and to also see wolves up close and personal, if the wolves so which desire. The philosophy of the CWC is admirable and the wolves' well-being is a very high, if not top, priority and it is well reflected by the senior residents, especially Chaco, the oldest ever-recorded Mexican Gray wolf, at the golden age of 17. In addition to the weekend tours, there are many other avenues to get your CWC fix: private weekday tours, photography tours during winter, off-site presentations, virtual presentations, the possibilities are endless! Maybe not literally, but still. I cannot emphasize how awesome this organization is and how underappreciated they are! This is a definite must-see if you're in the San Diego area and you want to see something a bit different from the typical tourist attractions that San Diego is famous for.
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