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Wolf Haven International, Tenino

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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.
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  • Granddaughters class field trip. Did not know much about the place. Very interesting tour. Got to see all 3 types of wolves. Best part is when one starts howling, then they all join in.  more »
  • We had a wonderful time today visiting Wolf Haven, it was our first time and something I've been wanting to do for some time! Making our reservation was simple online and the fee was very affordable, ...  more »
  • Very informative! The staff was knowledgeable and passionate about the wolves, and we enjoyed our visit. The cemetery made me cry, but it also allowed me to pay my respects to the wolves who have pass...  more »
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  • I've lived in Washington nearly all my life. I have always had to work. Wolfe's are just amazing.
  • Absolutely wonderful sanctuary. Wolves are incredibly well taken care of and the guides are very informative and kind.
  • Very educational. Passionate staff.
  • Fabulous, educational. This is a sanctuary! By appointment only. Learn about wolves and wolf dogs, and a little about coyote. The learning center/gift shop is cozy but educational. What a wonderful hidden gem. Tip... They fill up fast. Small groups and they want to keep the animals as comfortable as possible. Make your appointment a few months in advance.
  • Wow, I left this place feeling so moved and inspired! I used to frequent Wolf Haven when I was a child, so this trip was quite nostalgic for me. I am part of a zoology/biology education program where animal husbandry, biology, conservation, and enrichment are a big focus of our studies, so this was a facility that our class was really interested in visiting for professional development. Wolf Haven truly does amazing work and the care, concern, and passion that they hold for the wolves and wolf dogs at their facility, as well as the wolves in the wild left me in awe. Thank you so much for your time!