Wolf Haven International, originally known as Wolf Haven America and Wolf Haven Country, is a wolf sanctuary and management 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Tenino, Washington, that focuses on wolves. Founded in 1982 by Steve and Linda Kuntz, the group provides educational programs on wolves, engages in wolf-related activism, and operates a sanctuary that houses displaced, captive-born wolves. It also fosters and participates in captive-breeding programs for two highly endangered types of wolves, the red wolf and the Mexican wolf. Wolf Haven is one of three facilities in the United States that provides pre-release housing for Mexican gray wolves bred for Southwest restoration programs.Over 50 animals are harbored at its 82acre refuge, which can be toured by visitors. These include gray wolves, Mexican wolves, red wolves, wolfdogs and two coyotes.HistoryFoundationSteve and Linda Kuntz, who are considered the founders of Wolf Haven International, first became involved with wolves after purchasing a wolf pup while living in Colorado in 1978, having no idea that wolves were endangered at the time. They would later meet and befriend Ed Andrews and his wife, two naturalists who ran Wolf Country Foundation, an educational organization that also provided homes for eight wolves in their care. The wolves had been acquired from research programs, federal agencies, and the Fairbanks Zoo after it went bankrupt and ceased operation.In 1980, the Andrews moved from Colorado, stating it was too expensive to operate there. At the time, the Colorado wildlife authorities stated that they had begun investigating the couple's activities, which were halted by their moving. The couple originally went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but were denied a permit to import the wolves into the area and were forced to leave. The Andrews then moved to Washington state, setting up their compound on 4acre of land in South Prairie. Their neighbors, primarily ranchers, objected to the new facility, and complained that the wolves were noisy. One neighbor killed two of the Andrews pet Doberman Pinschers, claiming the dogs were on his land and had killed his wife's cat. Though the facility was legal by state standards, the city passed an ordinance requiring the Andrews to obtain their neighbors' approval for it.Using our international travel planner, Tenino attractions like Wolf Haven International can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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My wife had guest with us down in Portland so we made the 1:45 hour trip up here to see wolves. It would not be on top of my to do list but I liked it too. They all howled twice while we were there. T... more »
This is a sanctuary for wolves that educates the public through tours. We learned a lot about the many wolves there, both the species and their individual stories of how they came to be at the sanctua... more »
I found Wolf Haven while searching for things to do near Olympia. It was a wonderful and informative experience. The staff was very friendly. The wolves are beautiful. We got to hear all the wolves an... more »
Wolf Haven is an amazing place that houses wolves for breeding programs as well as as rehabilitation and re-release preparation. It's a sanctuary and not a zoo and is therefore a privilege to be around the wolves! The tour guides are super nice & knowledgeable, and the scenery nearby is gorgeous!
My family was in town for a visit It rained and although tour was scheduled for 20 people, ended up it was just the 3 of us. Very informative without forgetting who the stars of the tour were . Erin was awesome! Let us ask many questions while walking. And right at the end of the tour, they started howling! Just awesome!
Educational and exciting visit. Most of the residents came out to say hello. We were lucky to witness a nice Howl session between the wolves. Wolf Haven is a blessing to these majestic animals, thank you for being there to offer them a safe home. The wolf cemetery pays great respect to those who have moved on, well worth the drive from Seattle.
This place is absolutely amazing. A must do, these guys deserve so much more space and funding. I'm in love with their sanctuary.
Fantastic sanctuary for wolves, run and operated by employees and volunteers who care about what they're doing. Really wonderful to go on a tour and see and hear wolves.
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