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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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  • stumbled on this by accident and their billboard said tours Fri-Monday... so we signed up (MUST pre-register!) its a cost of $20 but well worth the money. a guide gives a 50-60 minute tour and it is v...  more »
  • Wolf Haven provides a place for wolves that either were injured or formerly owned by humans who could no longer care for them or abused them. They also participate in the efforts to rebuild the specie...  more »
  • I booked our visit online, very easy and inexpensive. My husband and I were at Millersylvania State Park, so it was less then 10mins to Wolf Haven. I loved the tour, the wolfs & coyotes even howled fo...  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.
  • Thought i would just place a review, as I've always loved wolves since I was young and would love to visit.
  • 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.

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