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Wolf Haven International, Tenino
(3.9/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Despite the rain I really enjoyed my visit. The Wolves didn't seem to mind the rain and were quite active, talkative and curious about us as we walked through. You get to see a mix of Grey Wolves, Mex...  more »
  • We took the grandson & we all came away with a better knowledge & appreciation of the beauty of wolves. 
  • They have the wolves in nearby keeps and other wilder wolves in keeps that are not visible to the visitors. When we were there one of those far-away wolves began to howl, and the nearby ones followed ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Member of the Washington State Wolf Advisory Group (WAG). The WAG is a compromised body under the auspices of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, a compromised agency. The WAG is complicit in the extermination of the Profanity Pack of wolves in August 2016. While Wolf Haven rescues wolves in captivity it provides legitimacy to the slaughter of wolves in the wild. The WAG has failed. Urge Wolf Haven to quit the WAG.
  • This is a sanctuary, which means their priority is to take care of the wolves there (most were former pets that their owners could no longer manage). That said, they do a good job catering to visitors. They give informative tours, and you will definitely get to see several different kinds of wolves there, an experience you really can't get anywhere else.
  • Loved Going here. All of the animals are very Pretty and their Howls are very Exciting to hear.
  • 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!