"Working for Wolf Conservation"

  • History of Wolf Haven International
  • Their Achievements
  • Their Future Goals
  • Contact Information
  • Visit Their Web Site



    It was 1982 and 22 captive wolves from a private wolf facility, which was closing, were going to be killed unless someone did something. Someone did.

    The first volunteers were Steve and Linda Kuntz and their daughter Colette, and Ed and Elizabeth Andrews and their daughter Victoria. Together they moved the wolves to the current site of Wolf Maven International. Only a few months later, the Andrews family moved and left responsibility for all 22 wolves on the Kuntz family alone. They weren't alone for long.

    With the sole goal of saving the wolves, they recruited volunteers. Together they organized, filed for nonprofit status, raised funds to rent land and to build some very simple wolf enclosures.

    Within three years, the group had started an outreach program (still in effect) that takes information about wolves to elementary school classrooms, received a grant to develop educational materials, raised funds to purchase 76 acres of land, built an information center, and set up an outdoor amphitheater.

    Since 1985, Wolf Haven has grown and matured to being one of the most prominent wolf-awareness programs in the world. Among its accomplishments:
  • Provides a home for forty wolves and four coyotes that cannot live in the wild.

  • Selected to be a breeding site for the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, working in cooperation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Mexican government, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Arizona Fish and Game.

  • Established a popular Internet website already viewed by more than 50,000.
  • Recruited more than 36,000 financial supporters, hundreds of volunteers and, in l996, reached 147,350 through special events. Wolf Havenís members and supporters live throughout the United States and around the world.

  • Hosted 15,148 visitors in 1996 and made a total of 124 presentations. Of the 6,285 reached by on-site and off-site educatlon presentations, 90% were 18 years of age or younger.

  • Sponsored a $25,000 research project to review British Columbiaís wolf management program, which subsequently helped stop wolf kills sanctioned by the B.C. govemment.

  • Co-sponsored, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and several other organizations, the Second North American Wolf Symposium (held in Canada in 1992).

  • Trained agency personnel from a variety of U.S. and state wildlife offices in the state of Washington on wolf identification and characteristics.

  • Sponsored aerial monitoring of wolves in three states as part of a cooperative effort between a number of agencies and nonprofit groups.

  • Actively monitored and challenged the actions of the Alaska Board of Game's decision to kill a certain percentage of its wolf population.

  • Provides information and education about wolf-dog hybrids.

  • Publishes a quarterly magazine, Wolftracks; with a circulation of more than 36,000.

  • Supported and promoted the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Wolf Recovery Program.

  • Plans for Expansion

    Today, in 1997, Wolf Haven Intemational, at the ripe old age of 15, continues to build on its considerable record of accomplishment.

    Wolf Haven operates its sanctuary on 80 acres of rural land located just south of Olympia, Washington. Its success as an educational resource, as a major catalyst for wolf-saving operations, as a resource and training center for wolf research (and researchers), and as a humane and caring home for 40 wolves has made renovation and expansion inevitable. The work just has to be done.

    Contact Information

    To learn more about Wolf Haven International, and how you can become involved, you can write to them at Wolf Haven, 3111 Offut Lake Rd., Tenino, WA 98589