As the founder of one of America's oldest and a fully accredited lifelong equine sanctuary, the Horse Harbor Foundation, I have kept up with the amazing job Andrea has done with Wild Love Preserve for several years now. She has managed to create what I believe is the best possible model for keeping America's wild horses in their native homes by bridging the gap between the BLM, local ranchers and the equine welfare community and getting them all behind her work. The diplomacy required for this monumental task required commitment, dedication and skill possessed by very few. Further, she has demonstrated how properly applied temporary birth control can maintain a free roaming wild herd at a proper population to preserve their range in the face of wide spread misunderstanding of the product and technique involved that has set other wild horse advocates at each others' throats. I strongly endorse Wild Love Preserve and the work Andrea Maki does there. It could well be the only course of action that will truly save America's wild horses from total extinction at a time more and more pressure is being placed upon them by various commercial interests intent on taking away their native and legal habitats. WLP is one of the most unique, innovative and successful ventures into wild horse preservation and deserves the continuing support of not only horse lovers but the general public which is in danger of losing one of our national icons. Allen Warren, CEO & Founder, Horse Harbor Foundation.
This organization has met the commitments made, earning trust and respect from stakeholders engaged on wild horse issues. It is presenting real and tangible ideas, and action, to solve problems. I am delighted that Wild Love Preserve is working on these issues right here in Idaho, and am proud to support them.
I’ve known Andrea Maki for many years and have long been impressed by her resourcefulness and tenacity. She has turned those talents to the mission of her wonderful organization Wild Love Preserve. I’m so impressed by her goal to protect native horses and her ability to bring together the ranchers, the BLM, and environmentalists to do so; working with disparate interests is really the key and its a model that should be used in other places and for other causes. I hope that Wild Love Preserve receives the money it needs to help truly spread the love and save this amazing part of our country’s heritage.
Last month I visited the Wild Love Preserve in Challis, Idaho. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the area and by the magnificent wild horses. The horses were very gentle as I walked among them. They seemed to thoroughly enjoyed their protected surroundings. The Wild Love Preserve works to save hundreds of horses from annihilation and allows us to appreciate these animals in their natural environment.
I spent many hours growing up around horses but hadn't experienced wild horses. We visited Wild Love Preserve this fall and it was fantastic! I could tell that the horses were so well taken care of and loved! While I thought "wild" meant wild and standoffish, quite a few of these horses were curious about me and let me near them. I fell in love with Twinkle!
Thank you for all of your terrific work bringing this preserve into being and for supporting these beautiful animals.
The story of Wild Horse Preserve has been a heart felt labor of love championed and lead by Earth Spirit volunteers who care for our planet's creatures. All creatures are seen as 'one' with the Planet Earth and the Universe, respected and cared for as family. Andrea is a great and passionate force in this worthy endeavor. She inspires commitment and participation. I have seen no greater active love.
I had the pleasure of meeting Andrea Maki, president and founder of WLP, while conducting a verification survey for the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries of this very unique concept of allowing wild horses to remain in their respective herds, roam free over several hundred acres, and engage in all of their natural behaviors without adding to the wild horse population. Touring the sanctuary, it was clear that the horses were healthy and very relaxed, herds separate but also mingling together in a peaceful environment that is safe. Watching them play together or just hanging out in groups was such a calming experience! These horses are from Idaho's wild herds and it was a privilege to see these majestic animals in person and roaming free, a symbol of the wild that so few people are ever able to see and experience.
Lisa Kauffman, Senior Idaho State Director/Wyoming Legislative Advisor
The Humane Society of the United States
I have to echo everything that Allen Warren stated about Andrea and Wild Love Preserve. Her dedication in saving America's Iconic Wild Horses and providing a sactuary for them is to be honored. I marvel at everything Andrea has sacrificed in her personal life to achieve this goal and with their very existence being threatened today it is gratifying to know that Wild Love Preserve is helping these Iconic beings from becoming extinct.
I wholly support and endorse Wild Love Preserve and Andrea Maki.
Since I've gotten to know Andrea and the work she is doing to preserve a key piece of American, I've been greatly impressed by her deep personal commitment, dedication and passion!
I've made three contributions to support her efforts and drive to unify the various organizations competing for similar funding!
Not only does she bring solid organizational skills to this effort, she adds her fantastic artistic skills as well.
I consider it an honor and privilege to say she's a friend!
I have a long history with the Challis herd. I started photographing them on the range in 2004 on a photo assignment. Long after I delivered my photos, I kept going back.
In 2009, I photographed a BLM round up that was particularly brutal.
That horrific experience inspired me and 2 other women to adopt 21 older mares who were destined for long term holding.
A chance encounter with those rescued mares inspired Andrea Maki to get involved. And boy did she get involved! Andrea & Wild Love Preserve have stepped up in a remarkable way for the Challis herd.
I am in awe of what she has been able to do for them, both on and off the range. Her tenacity and hard work is to be admired and supported.
I give what I can financially, and I give thanks every day… I am deeply grateful to WLP for all the work they have done on behalf of these wild ones.
Please help WLP continue their work.
FEATHER + COCONUT is a full supporter of the WILD LOVE PRESERVE.
Inspiration and beauty is what comes fully from what Andrea Maki has done here.
So much love.
Wild Love Preserve was founded by Andrea Maki to do the practical work of keeping a magical promise to a band of wild horses. Since the early days of WLP, I've been impressed with the way she meets each challenge with integrity and creativity while encouraging everyone she associates with to do the same. WLP projects her strong ethics and inclusiveness as it collaborates with the BLM, local landowners, scientific groups and others.
Andrea is an accomplished visual artist which adds a unique dimension to sharing Wild Love's work with the world. Her photographs of these high desert horses are exceptional and express her connection to both the horses and the landscape.
This organization, with its passionate and committed volunteers, could not more worthy of support of all types.
Challis, Idaho, is a single main street town with 1081 inhabitants, and the county seat of Custer Counter. Set in a valley surrounded by mountains above and the Salmon River nearby, it is the home of the Wild Love Preserve. You wouldn’t realize, nor notice, that the Preserve on US Route 93 is the ranch home for wild horses. Captured on the high plateaus of the surrounding area, they graze on a 400-acre expanse in wind swept solitude.
The ranch, the horses are the wild love of Andrea Maki, the Preserve’s founder. In June, Bonnie Way and I had a chance to walk among the wild horses as they, and we, roamed over the grassy, and sometimes water soaked, fields of the ranch.
It was quite an experience for me because I have never had a good relationship with horses when young. I never developed the skill to ride them. When I tried, I was usually bumped out of the saddle and landed on the ground with a jarring thud. As an adult, I stayed away from them.
Yet, these wild horses were never threatening and had a fascinating appeal to Bonnie and me. They would gallop away as we approached, stop when we stopped. Eventually, as we stood still and watched quietly, they would approach guardedly assessing us from the distance. In time, we met. They would touch and smell our clothes, nibble on our shoulder bags, nudge our hats, and allow us to touch them and rub their necks and manes.
The experience was thrilling, especially after avoiding contact with horses for so many years. Perhaps the wild horses sensed that we were not a threat to them, just as much as we felt safe in their presence. It was also heartwarming, and educational, to experience these wild, beautiful creatures in their surroundings. They have a wonderful place among the agricultural and outdoor pursuits of the people of, and visitors to, Challis. -Janis Rogainis
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I've known Andrea Maki for 25 years and have witnessed her integrity, dedication, and commitment first-hand. Andrea doesn't waver, she's insistent on honesty and follow-through, and in today's world, it's rare to find a truly altruistic individual. She has inspired me, and countless others, to roll up our sleeves and join her in protecting and preserving wild horses in their indigenous habitats in Idaho and throughout the West.
Since 2010, Andrea's had her art career on hold as she's focused 100% of her time, energy, and resources, on creating an all-inclusive model in wild horse conservation in Idaho, after she promised some Challis wild horses she would do everything she could to help them remain wild and together in their native habitat.
Following her promise, Andrea founded her nonprofit called Wild Love Preserve in 2010 and she's made countless road trips between her home in Seattle and the central Idaho high desert to the Challis wild horses. She's been saving wild horses by bringing opposing stakeholders together for the first time, and because of her efforts, not one Idaho wild horse has been shipped out of state to long-term government facilities, since the Bureau of Land Management's 2012 helicopter roundup of the Challis wild horses.
Kindness, mutual respect, science, and education drive Wild Love Preserve's mission to protect and preserve wild horses in their native habitat and nurture the legacy of respective indigenous ecosystems as an interconnected whole, with regional engagement and benefit. Wild Love Preserve engages public and private lands to address all facets of regional wild horse conservation on home turf in central Idaho: from the 136 Challis, Idaho wild horses WLP adopted following the 2012 Challis BLM helicopter roundup, to their collaborative work on the range and their creation of a permanently protected wild expanse in the heart of Idaho wild horse country.
Andrea's holistic approach to the preservation of our iconic wild mustangs focuses on our collective well-being by bridging divides and bringing stakeholders together to collaboratively address total range health, sustainable ecosystems, co-existence with all wildlife, and livestock where applicable. She's pioneered a model in wild horse preservation that has garnered national attention and serves as a pilot for other wild horse regions.
Boots-on-the-ground work, negotiations, policy change... plus she has been tirelessly fundraising for the last six plus years. Raising full project funding has been a challenge, although not surprising when blazing a new trail, establishing a new system and pilot program. In addition to not having the means to take a salary, she has leveraged all of her personal credit resources to cover WLP wild horse program expenditures, while she's simultaneously saved American taxpayers $7.5 million since 2013.
No matter the odds, Andrea Maki walks her talk. “Too many people are of a moment, then they are off to the next and assume someone else will take care of it. Hypothetical discussions don’t result in change,” she says. “Change only happens with action.”
I met Andrea Maki about 4 years ago through a mutual friend after watching a disturbing documentary about the wild horse round up process and aftermath. She has dedicated herself to this cause, specifically to the wilds in Challis, Idaho.
After the most recent helicopter roundup in 2012, she took it on herself to adopt as many as she could - to keep them together, to keep them at home and to keep them wild. She has been working hand in hand with the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) as the Idaho sector had never before had someone take on so many. She has them on private leased property but the goal is to acquire a parcel in the Challis area as part of a land trust - so they can stay there forever.
Meanwhile Andrea & the BLM are working hand in hand to keep several wild bands out on the range working with veterinarians with a safe birth control method to help with population management, the issue that drives the BLM to do the roundups in the first place. She has also been working hard to gain consensus and momentum in the community educating the community and talking with many of the local ranchers.
Andrea Make is an amazing person who made a promise to these beautiful creatures but she needs financial help to acquire some property at which point needed grants can come in to play.
She's the Jane Goodall of wild horses. Kudos to her for stepping up and taking action every day, she's a true hero!
Andrea Maki is the Jane Goodall for wild horses! I had the privilege to sit down and talk to her about what was happening to the wild horses in Idaho and across the country. She is so knowledgeable and passionate about this, it's contagious! This problem won't go away without people like Andrea to advocate for the horses, to never back down, to make deep ties in the community. She's that person but she needs support to keep it going. If you've been looking for a cause to get involved with that you can really feel like your making a difference with excellent leadership, WLP is it!
I was incredibly moved on my 5 day trip to experience the wild horses with my 16 year old grandson. The beauty, gentleness curiosity of these beautiful horses was awe inspiring. I was particularly impressed by Andrea Maki's determination to protect the native horses and her ability to bring together the ranchers, the BLM, and environmentalists. Her approach has already accomplished much of what she has set out to do. How she works with disparate interests is as awe inspiring as being with the horses. This model could be used in other states where there are wild horses and we would be saving the state money as well as preserving these indigenous beings. I hope Wild Love Preserve receives the money it needs so this experiment/model can be used in the future.
I've known Andrea Maki for many years and have witnessed her dedication and comittment first hand. Wild Love is an incredible organization and deserves all the support you can give - they do great work saving and advocating for the wild ones. Great work!!
A fantastic organization with a tremendous mission very near to the heart of this Idahoan.
Wild Love Preserve has given so many beautiful horses a chance to have a normal free life, the horses that are with WIld Love Preserve are free! They have organized themselves into little herds amongst themselves and are peaceful. There is no stress in this herd. I am so grateful to have met Andrea and have had the opportunity to see the progress of where these horses belong. It is a beautiful, awesome organization.
My dream as a child was to rescue wild horses, let them run free on my land, and preserve their natural way of life - a dream that so far hasn't yet manifested - however, two years ago I came across Wild Love Preserve and began following their efforts to rescue a herd of Idaho wild horses. I have since donated to their cause as well as helped to organize fundraisers on their behalf. I truly believe that their program is the way forward for wild horse preservation, and have seen for myself their commitment, love and dedication to Idaho's native wild horses.