Since 2010, Wild Love founder, Andrea Maki’s, consistent and devoted attention to the plight of wild horses has been amazing to witness. A 30,000-foot view and her obvious political savvy have created an unlikely coalition of ranchers, environmentalists, wild horse advocates, and government agencies, working in delicate concert to save these majestic animal. She should be the envy of any activist looking to make a real impact. -Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam + The Vitalogy Foundation
Andrea Maki and Wild Love Preserve have stepped up to the Challis wild horses in a way that no one has. As a long time lover of all things wild, with a particular soft spot for, and connection to, the Challis herd, I support the work of WLP.
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.
A mutual friend introduced me to Andrea Maki years ago. I was impressed then with her work to save these mustangs and continue to be impressed with her drive, dedication and ethics as she works to coordinate ranchers, the BLM and the wild horses' future. I am a regular donor and am proud to support Andrea and these amazing wild horses.
I feel honored to participate as a donor to Wild Love Preserve. That the young Ms Maki has been able to work among ranchers, wild horse advocates, environmental and governmental groups, all to save the many wild horses in Idaho is, quite simply, remarkable. Her methods should be utilized whenever coordination among diverse groups is necessary. I echo all the comments made by others, much more eloquently than mine, about Wild Love Preserve.
Wild Love is a nonpartisan, public and private effort to provide a place for wild horses in Idaho. A place where there is conversation and compromise. It has been successful and a model of how things should be done--together.
I work an energy infrastructure company that has given grants to Wild Love. I wanted to know more about the work there and share it on our company's website. I was so impressed with Andrea and her dedication. The Bureau of Land Management said wonderful things about her and WIld Love. She's the real deal.
As an artist and fellow photographer, I appreciate the efforts of Andrea Maki and Wild Love Preserve beyond measure. A few years ago, I got interested in taking photos of wild mustangs. Since then, I have fallen in love with these truly inspiring animals. Mustangs, iconic animals of the old west, have been pushed onto the most inhospitable lands in the United States, and yet they manage to survive, and even thrive. This despite the efforts of our government to keep their numbers under control. I believe it is important to save the small remnants of wildness that still exist in our country, and to resist what has been called The Sixth Extinction by reputable scientists. Any organization that can garner buy-in from diverse groups and help these animals, which I consider to be national treasures, deserves support.
I am an animal lover, and I think that it’s really important to let them live their most natural life. We should treat them with respect and honor the fact that they are superior beings in many ways. I believe that Wild Love Preserve does all of that. Their tireless efforts to help these beauties is truly honorable, and I believe in their movement!
I first noticed Andrea's photography and then was drawn to support her efforts by first responding to a spirited matching campaign backed by Stone Gossard( my favorite musician) . Andrea is passionate about not only giving these wild horses a stable place to live and thrive but engaging the public, conservationists, animal rescues and environmentalists as well. She is a great communicator and knows how to set an example that others striving to do similar work can follow. I wish her many ,many years of success to come.
I support the Wild Love Preserve because I am a big fan of Pearl Jam and their causes. It has been my experience that any nonprofit that the members of Pearl Jam support is worth while. I feel fortunate to be able to donate something for this very worthy cause. It's great that the horses benefiting from the Wild Love Preserve will be able to remain living free. Horses are beautiful animals and they should never be endangered or compromised in any way especially if they're wild.
What a beautiful day when upon a search for information about Mustang horses, I also discovered the Wild Love Preserve of Idaho . What a labor of love to coordinate , expand and maintain acres of land to keep Challis Wild Mustang horses free. It is a pleasure to support WLP and their mission. Andrea Maki is a true inspiration, and working from heart and soul has coordinated many individuals and organizations to see this dream come true.
Andrea and WLP can count on my continued support , and my heartfelt thank you to all who continue to preserve the freedom of Wild Horses for generations to come.
Don't let my role as "Donor" fool you. I don't have a lot of money to give. That's why my cash gifts are critical. Wild Love Preserve (WLP) and Andrea Maki as its visionary executive are an excellent "value!"
Along with their committed coalition of volunteers and stakeholders, WLP is a local model of sensible and sensitive coordination. WLP is uniquely frugal and respectful of every resource, including my donations.
Wild equines in America hold a unique position in hope and crisis. However, the intricate evolution of today's Wild problems can be seen to represent parallel challenges in many other contexts! The alchemy Andrea stands to create at WLP gives hope to community builders and problem solvers everywhere.
I am a horse owner. Not life-long, as many proclaim; rather, back to horses after maturing through other experiences. Horses know. They know how to live wild and how to live partnered with humans. WLP knows how to provide for the Challis nation members--horse and human. Please help.
Corona virus kept us from visiting this year. It was to be a destination vacation for myself, 2 daughters, and 18 year old twin granddaughters.
The work that Andrea does is awe inspiring and a true labor of love to keep these magnificent horses together with their families and care for all.
Hoping 2021 allows for my daughter, from PA., daughter and twins, from Ohio, to join me, in Idaho to visit Wild Love Preserve.
Against all odds and naysayers, Andrea Maki was able to bridge divides between diverse and opposing groups to spearhead collaborative efforts with the Idaho Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and disparate stakeholders. Wild horse and burro herds across America are currently at their greatest risk in decades, so we must strive for Andrea’s work to become a model for saving herds in other states as well.
Wild Love Preserve includes an innovative wild horse conservation program, conflict resolution, education platform, comprehensive range health fixed on sustainability, and the creation of its wildlife preserve in the heart of Idaho's wild horse country. This preserve currently serves as a permanent home to Challis-Idaho wild horses and will also accommodate future Idaho wild horses not otherwise adopted. Kindness, mutual respect, accountability, science, and education drive Wild Love's mission to protect and preserve western wild horses in their native habitats and nurture indigenous ecosystems. These efforts have turned Challis-Idaho wild horses into an asset for the community, region, and state.
Conflicts between wild horse and burro advocates and the Bureau of Land Management and other stakeholders, like ranchers, are rampant, causing acrimony and discourse that is detrimental to the greater good of helping the wild herds. After creating Wild Love Preserve, Andrea’s role has often been that of a mediator and negotiator, bringing together folks previously locked in opposition. These are the BLM, ranchers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, wild horse advocates, youth employment groups, regional communities, and others.
I met Andrea Maki at a Fertility Control conference where she was a featured speaker who presented information on the Wild Love Preserve history and program. After speaking with her one on one, I confirmed the fact that we agreed on how to bring people together. I share her convictions that more can be gained by respectful and thoughtful sharing of opinions and scientific reasoning, with people who hold different views, than angry words.
Andrea Maki has made impressive, difficult inroads to understanding and cooperation between disparate groups. She has pioneered an all-inclusive model in wild horse conservation which has garnered national attention over the years and is serving as a framework for other western states. We must work to expand these concepts!
This is a story of one woman’s singular vision to protect and preserve the wild horses of central Idaho in their natural habitat. To bring that vision to life required the mission to become informed, mindful, and accepting of many other factors that were interconnected with the state, county, and individuals of the community. This inclusiveness spawned the collaboration necessary to now speak of shared goals, and to put into action a broader coalition that now encompasses “life on the range” for these once endangered horses.
Andrea Maki has a passion, and I can’t think of anyone who inspires me more to lend my support to than to her in her heartfelt determination to make her wildest dream come true.
I support WLP for a number of reasons. First, I admire the total commitment of its founder, Andrea Maki, who has put everything she has into saving horses which were about to be slaughtered by the BLM before she stepped in to rescue them. Because of her, hundreds of lucky animals are roaming free and are conscientiously watched over by Andrea and her crew. Second, I love animals and like to believe every little bit of help from me and others with similar motivations is valuable. I will continue to donate whenever I can and would like to urge all to consider this non profit as a worthy recipient of your dollars.
I have been watching the wild horse situation and wild horse preserves for several years. Wild Love just seems to embody a wonderful combination vision and integrity.
Two years ago I contacted Andrea Maki, founder of Wild Love, and started asking her about the wild horse challenge in America and she was very helpful in clarifying for me the politics of the situation and how to separate the wheat from the straw. I was impressed with the time she took to help me understand things and the plight of wild horses in this country. As I continued to talk to her and others I learned that her program was well respected across the country and her commitment to the horses was second to none.
I was able to help her a few weeks ago move a small number of horses from a nearby BLM holding facility to her Preserve and it was a wonderful experience - both for me and the horses.
I look forward to being able to work with her in the future.
The Challis HMA is a very special place where my husband and I love to search out and photograph the wild horses. Andrea Maki and Wild Love Preserve have been working for many years to protect and preserve the horses and their habitat by developing a working relationship with the BLM, wild horse advocates and local ranchers. This is a perilous time for wild horses, and I fear for their fate, so it's with a breath of fresh air that I support WLP and its successful and sane manner of working to save their lives.
The focus of Wild Love Preserve’s wild horse project in bringing all stakeholders together to work collaboratively with the Challis and Idaho BLM, is unique and imaginative and potentially opens the door to an entirely new paradigm for managing western wild horses. This model may change a great deal and we here at The Science and Conservation Center are excited about partnering with WLP in this effort. —Jay F. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D, The Science and Conservation Center
Wild Love Preserve is a non-profit to be emulated, with a focus not just on protecting our native landscapes and our native wild horses but also on the creation of lasting partnerships to truly bolster those protections. Andrea Maki recognizes the value of people- and how building trusted partnerships is a vital component of protecting our western landscapes. Her work deserves recognition, and I'm proud to be a supporter of her, and of Wild Love Preserve.
I met Andrea when she came to the Washington State Capitol to testify on a bill regarding horse slaughter and the transport of horses to Canada and Mexico. I was so impressed with her passion for horses. I learned about the Wild Love Preserve, and the work that Andrea is doing to protect wild horses in Idaho. She has already protected some of the wild horses, but there is so much more to do in protecting land where they can roam free. Andrea has been working with landowners in Idaho to get their support in protecting the horses.
Amazing non-profit work in this organization with all of the incoming funds going to help the wild horses, such an accomplishment. That Andrea Maki has been able to work with many different factions who typically are in opposition to each other and brought them to the table to find solutions and understanding of the various perspectives is nothing short of miraculous! Should be emulated in every public+private endeavor.
WLP’s mission integrates every facet of wildlife management into a well-designed engagement to better serve all interests in the cause for wild horses, rangeland health and the communities of the west. This organization has worked tirelessly to bring stakeholders together and deserves to be recognized for their dedication to, and honest pursuit of, a better system for all.
Wild Love Preserve and is mission are proof that one person can make a difference in the world. With her singular vision and passion, Wild Love Preserve founder and executive director, has taken the plight of the Idaho wild horses into her own hands and has built a STRONG coalition of supporters, businesses, opinion leaders, government agencies, etc. to all step up to the plate and work together to help save the wild horses. Truly an inspiration i every way imaginable. I will ALWAYS support Wild Love Preserve.
My support for Wild Love Preserve comes from a deep place in my heart. I have been a horse owner most of my life and cannot imagine a world where the native horses of this land are not out there running free. It would be such a tragic loss to our lands.
Wild Love Preserve's founder is also the most committed, passionate advocate I know. She is working hard night and day to save these horses and could use all the support we can muster to give her and her team. Long live the wild horses of Idaho!
I work at Grapevine.org, a collaborative giving platform that unlocks expertise and helps donors make more of a difference together. We have featured funds of nonprofits that expert grantmakers put together and Wild Love Reserve was selected to be featured by Denis Hayes, one of the founders of Earth Day. We worked with Wild Love Preserve to help promote the fund and raise awareness, their team was amazing and incredibly responsive. We also had a great reception from our donors to the fund and Wild Love Preserves inclusion in it. We love working with Wild Love Preserve and will continue to do so in the future!
I've been supporting Wild Love for several years now. I am so impressed with how Andrea Maki has focused on collaboration and getting disparate groups to work together. This model of cooperation is solving a difficult problem and protecting both the horses and the environment. What a great project, and truly a model not only for other nonprofits, but also for society in general.
Seattle Native Andrea Maki had a dream to preserve and protect our vital wild places…and almost a decade ago, her dream became a reality. Since 2010, Maki's Wild Love Preserve has provided a home for some of the Gem States's most precious treasures: its wild horses. The organization is unparalleled in its efforts to provide humane, fiscally responsible ways to help America's wild horses, demonstrating that coexistence can be achieved through sustainable management while simultaneously protecting the lives of these horses and indigenous habitats, as well. I'm proud to support this compassionate, candid, consistent organization.
I met Andrea in person and her love for Mustangs is evident when her eyes light up as she starts speaking about her work with them. I am in awe of her work and all she does to keep theses horses safe. She is giving them a place to live and be safe in an environment that is natural for them.
Andrea has worked ceaselessly to bring different stakeholders together in order to enact necessary change to wild herd management in Idaho.
Her willingness to listen to all parties, think outside of the box, find middle ground, and ultimately make a positive difference- whether or not she gets credit for it- is what makes WLP stand apart from the rest.
This non profit is deserving of far more exposure and appreciation than it currently gets. WLP is truly a model for other non profits.
The vision of wild horses thundering across an open plain - awe inspiring. Such freedom, such unity. A symbol and likeness to the foundation of our country. So much so that in 1971 congress unanimously signed a bill to protect them - a monumental success for "Wild Horse Annie" who lit the torch in the plight to save and honor these free-roaming mustangs. Today, the struggle to protect this American icon continues, and Wild Love Preserve is a flame from the torch. Not only for the horses, but also the varied life shared and the wildness within their natural ecosystems. Freedom. Unity.
Andrea Maki is the Jane Goodall for wild horses! She has devoted her life since 2010 to care for 125 wild horses she adopted from the result of the Challis, ID BLM roundup. The alternative was for them to be shipped to long-term holding with a very bleak outcome - this wasn't an option. She has taken a different approach working closely with the BLM, ranchers and other stakeholders - creating a voice for the remaining wild Challis herd. She is close to landing a permanent sanctuary for her 125 head and hopes her efforts and new methods will help wild horses across the U.S. She is tireless in her dedication, she is selfless in her desire to make a difference and she is steadfast in her commitment to all these horses she deeply cares about. I have never met another person like Andrea, she is truly a one of a kind! All the "wilds" are lucky to have a fighter like Andrea working for their preservation!!!
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!
In the middle of a complex, highly charged emotional and political struggle are the lives of thousands of wild horses, and thousands of acres of wild land. At the heart of that is Wild Love Preserve, working with unflagging commitment to protect the animals and the land in a way that brings people together instead of driving them further apart. I met Andrea Maki at the beginning of her journey, after she had made a promise to a group of captive wild horses that she was going to create a better way. Andrea's fortitude, compassion, dedication and creativity in the face of adversity are charting that course - for the horses, for all of us.
It started simply enough, a few years ago when a mutual Facebook friend requested some donation assistance to help feed some wild horses in Idaho during the winter, I was greatly intrigued and followed the link that was provided and discovered the Wild Love Preserve and it’s founder Andrea Maki.
I can still recall the thrill of seeing wild horses running off in the far away distance driving though Montana for the first time. I’d never seen anything so amazing before! For me it just doesn’t get more wild then seeing free mustang horses running on the open plane.
The believe the importance and magnitude of this Preserve is in excellent hands, it’s mission and founder have my complete trust to insure the solid future for these wild mustangs to remain wild. We all owe them and their ancestors an eternal debt of gratitude for helping to settle our Wild West!
I will continue to give to this critically important cause for our own humanity insuring sustainability with nature and the universe.
As a small non-profit organization in rural Idaho Youth Employment Program has found the need to create partnerships that share our values of hard work and education. Our mission of providing youth an opportunity to learn has been founded on working on public land resource management projects. We provide paying jobs for our youth to teach life skills of responsibility, accountability and team work. This work continues but we are working toward creating programming that will provide additional educational experiences. Working with partners in education and workforce training we are creating programs that result in credentialed job skills and continued education credits.
Youth Employment Program is a partner with Wild Love Preserve as we see the opportunity to engage our youth participants in unique and challenging issues and projects that include the science of the natural resource management field.
Wild Love Preserve's vision of a collaborative and holistic approach to wild horse management along with a large sanctuary home on deeded property has numerous unique opportunities for our youth to be involved and to learn.
As an environmental educator who works with horse owners teaching land management practices, I am excited about Wild Love Preserve because it's not just about holding and confining wild horses. The model proposed is one that looks at the whole native ecosystem and views wild horses as an indigenous, connected component of that system, seeking a balance. Wild Love Preserve offers an opportunity to explore new directions and new ways of managing this ecosystem. I look forward to being a part of the progress.
I found Wild Love Preserve while browsing the internet, and the discovery has been both inspiring and life-changing. I have witnessed what one person can do, watching Andrea Maki bring diverse groups together to find a compassionate and fiscally responsible solution to the question of how to protect and care for our wild horses. When I see people pulling together to protect these intelligent, beautiful animals, who are so vulnerable to our decisions, I am filled with hope for our world. In addition, as business owners (we own and operate hotels and a convention center in Idaho), it is clear that WLP is good business for Idaho. The new preserve will provide countless tourism and educational opportunities to Idaho residents and out-of-state visitors. When one also considers how many millions of dollars taxpayers have saved using this model, it is clear that this is a positive and sustainable solution that should be a model for wild horse management all over the country. Andrea is to be commended for her vision, hard work, and integrity. I'm in - I will support Wild Love Preserve in any ways that I can.
A few months back, I was watching a show where Wild Love Preserve was featured on Outdoor Idaho. It was the first time I had heard about the organization and at that moment, I was in love with Wild Love Preserve! Soon after the airing of that show, I had the privilege of meeting the woman responsible for such a brilliant idea and great organization...Andrea Maki. What an honor to know such a grounded and generous being. Her passion, dedication and love for our wild Mustangs shines through her in every way, especially in the sacrifices she’s made and continues to make each and every day. Her continued efforts never go unnoticed. I’m a huge supporter of Andrea and Wild Love Preserve. I look forward to helping her and the wild mustangs in any way I can. Because of Andrea, these horses get to live the way they’re meant to be...wild and free with their families. Thank you!
I’ve been supporting Wild Love Perserve for several years and will continue to so. I firmly believe in the work Andrea Maki is doing in order to preserve a piece of the American West Legacy
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
Science has proven over and over again that the horse is a native to the North American continent. As such, our native wild mustangs should receive protection from our federal government. What they actually receive is the BLM and Forest Service's plan to eradicate them in favor of the welfare livestock ranchers and the frack miners. As a taxpayer, I am incensed that my tax dollars are being spent to capture and warehouse my native wild mustangs from my public lands. Our native wild mustangs belong on the public land instead of the cattle and sheep that destroy the land. Science has proven that the native wild mustangs benefit the land while the livestock destroy the land. Some of the livestock ranchers don't even own their own land but use my public land as if it were their own. it is time for this to stop. Only 3% of the meat from the welfare livestock ranchers ends up in the U.S. Most of the meat is shipped overseas at a high profit. Leave MY NATIVE wild mustangs on MY public lands.
Great people who step up to help when those who should be protecting OUR NATIVE wild mustangs, the BLM, is hand-in-hand with the special interest groups who want OUR public lands for their own greed. If it weren't for people like this, our iconic wild mustangs would cease to exist. Thank you for what you do for our wild mustangs.
Wild Mustangs need to stay on their own turf. They are being rounded up and are not being treated well by those who round them up. Wild love Preserve really cares for the horse there and need all the support they can get. I love them for what they are doing to help the wilds stay wild.
As an owner of an adopted mustang with first-hand knowledge of the lack of good feed and care given to captured mustangs while being held by the BLM, I wholeheartedly support any group helping the mustangs.
I as a member of the public am so pleased with the work this foundation is doing to protect these beautiful animals . Being from this area I have seen there amazing creatures in thier home environment running free and know personally this is an amazing heritage we have to protect.
Wild Love Preserve 10/03/2014
Many thanks for sharing your thoughts and support. You are time, kindness and action are deeply appreciated and make a difference in wild lives. Smiles, WLP
I support WLP because I believe this is the prototype for other HMAs to follow. I am relieved and grateful to know that after the BLM's 2012 "gather" not a single wild horse from Challis Idaho's HMA left our state for a life of solitary confinement in government run sedentary corals. Our tax money pays for that million dollar misery too! I would rather see my hard earned money go towards happy, healthy wild horses running around together in a semi wild state, as they now are at WLP. The future of Idaho's wild horses depends on the public's support of this great non profit! The future survival of America's wild horses and burros depend on other communities following Andrea Maki's lead.
as a member of the community only 80 miles from where these horses live, I was amazed that most of us didn't even know these horses existed, so I was shocked into action when I heard about the fatalities of the 2009 roundup, and that the BLM was about to conduct another round in 2012.
Enter one courageous and dedicated soul of Andrea Maki , because of her, this story has a much happier ending, all the displaced animals adopted into one herd again, to regroup on leased land until she procures their forever home within their ancestral range... we all can help by donating to this cause, whatever we can!
God bless you, WLP!!
The WLP is doing a wonderful job saving the lives of our national icon the wild horse. They deserve to be recognized for all the great work they do.
I have been around wild horses, that have been trained for many chores! They are the kindest, gentlest, most caring animal a human can be around!
The rider is guaranteed a safe ride with one of these gentle creatures.
WLP is one of the most wonderful organizations that truly is for the preservation of the most valued treasures of America, the wild horse.
They work extremely hard to get the word out about the plight of the wild horse because of the overreach of the gov't, BLM, Forest Service and ranchers.
These wild horses are classic icons of the true American West.
With WLP's help and foresight, hopefully, America will always have wild horses running free on the land that belongs to them and all of America's animals and people!
WLP is a wonderful organization that is saving the lives of one of our national treasures, our horses! They deserve to be recognized for what they are doing! I had no idea what was happening to our horses until I saw and learned of WLP on Facebook. Spreading awareness of the plight of our horses, mustangs and burros is crucial to their survival. WLP thank you for all you do!!
WLP is an amazing wild horse preserve bringing together advocates, Bureau of Land Management, Ranchers, and environmentalists! What a common-sense approach to wild horse management.
Thank you so much for all your hard work trying to protect and preserve the wild ones!