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Wolf Haven International, Tenino

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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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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  • 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 ...  read more »
  • What this organization is doing for the Wolf populations is great and should be supported. The tour guide was informative and apologetic. I say apologetic because we saw very few wolves. They only sho...  read more »
  • Wolf Haven is home to about 50 wolves, wolf dogs, and even two coyotes. Almost all were born in captivity and rescued from sad circumstances. They now live a wonderful life - most of the wolves live i...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Disappointing. I get that they're a sanctuary and not a zoo, but they offer tours. I didn't expect an hour long lecture, visiting 6 cages, seeing 4 or 5 animals, 2 of which were asleep. The poor children on the tour were so very bored. Great cause...I'd donate but would not visit again.
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