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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: To conserve and protect wolves and their habitat.

Results: Since 1982, 200 displaced, captive-born wolves have been rescued & given lifetime sanctuary. Earned Global Federation of Animal Sanctuary (GFAS) accreditation in 2015 - the only wolf sanctuary in the world to have GFAS accreditation. Received American Sanctuary Association accreditation in 2013 (one of only two wolf sanctuaries in country to do so). Launched Skype for Educators courses that have increased science literacy for students around the world. Hosted training workshops at Wolf Haven and in Arizona for wildlife professionals, students, tribal members and state and federal employees. Have participated in the Washington Advisory Group (WAG) since its inception. WAG makes recommendations about the implementation of the state's wolf management plan. Member of Washington Wolf Working Group that met for five years to negotiate a wolf recovery & management plan. Result: WA state passed its first Wolf Management Plan in November 2011. Wolf Haven is one of only three pre-release facilities for the Mexican gray wolf in the entire U.S. Hosted the annual Mexican gray Species Survival Plan (SSP) conference in 2012, with participants from participating facilities in Mexico and the U.S. Wolf Haven's Sanctuary Director is on the management team. Eight litters of Mexican gray pups have been born here. Three litters were born at Wolf Haven in 2015. Some of the first Mexican wolves released back into the wild (after a 70-year absence) were born at Wolf Haven International. We transferred six of our Mexican gray wolves to Mexico to support that country's SSP program. A family of 11 Mexican wolves that originated at Wolf Haven was released into the wild in Mexico in 2016. Rare, endangered red wolf pups have been born here. Host annual Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization courses led by Dr. Mark Johnson. This includes hands-on labs with wolves.

Target demographics: Animal loversWildlife enthusiastsConservationists

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50+ animals

Geographic areas served: Physical wolf sanctuary located in Tenino, WA. Our resident wolves are rescued from throughout the U.S.

Programs: Wildlife Handling course; Guided visits in wolf sanctuary; Prairie walks; Educational programs; Wolf Photography Visits; Midsummer Night camping; Mexican gray wolf Species Survival Plan program; Red wolf Species Survival Plan program

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Rating: 5

In the past few years I have had the oportunity to experience the "behind the scenes" at some wildlife facilities and I am defenitely impressed by Wolf Haven. The husbandry practices they carry are of great quality and of profound awareness of the value of each individual animal's life.

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WolfHavenInternational 08/06/2014

Thank you very much for your kind words and support.