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“Adopt a wolf” sponsorships now offered by CWWC

[large thumbnail url=”adopt-a-wolf-sponsorships-now-offered-by-cwwc” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”01″] [thumbnail icon url=”adopt-a-wolf-sponsorships-now-offered-by-cwwc” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”01″] The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, near the Divide, is now offering visitors and online supporters a chance to “adopt” their favorite wolf.

The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is home to over a dozen wolves, several foxes, a couple of coyotes and even a ferret.

You can now “adopt” one, or more, of the center’s canine inhabitants.

The adoption makes you a sponsor for that specific wolf for one year, and your entire adoption fee goes towards the medical treatment, enclosure maintenance, and food for that specific wolf.

Each adoption is an annual fee of $50.

As you visit these wolves, foxes, and coyotes, you can’t help but form a special bond with at least one of them. So the adoption certificate you receive has meaning beyond just knowing you put some money towards a good cause.

Additionally, if you have never had the chance to actually visit the wolves of the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (well worth the trip, by the way), then you can still adopt one of the wolves online.

Click here for more information regarding the wolf adoption program.

As a personal anecdote:

PrincessMy first visit to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center was many years ago. Being a wolf person at heart, I had to do the VIP experience and Darlene chose a gentle introduction to wolves. Nikita – who is sadly departed – and Wakanda served as hosts. The girls kept their distance in both cases, but hand feeding Princess (who I believe was with Nikita at the time) was a unique experience – she was very wolf-like in her mannerisms and as the name implies, she offered me the best photo opportunity I have ever had. A beautiful, and now by choice, lone wolf.

The experience with Wakanda and Nikita showed the truly gentle natures that wolves can possess. By no means domesticated, the socialized behaviour of the two wolves gave some indication to how man could have begun the process of transitioning wolves in to the dogs we know and love today. Nikita, a veteran, knew what it meant to have visitors. Wakanda was a showman, and as long as the treats came flying, he would perch in his tree and care little for any other distractions.

However, I guess I have a preference for a more “wild” wolf experience, and a taste for fiery women.

My next trip out to take the VIP tour (I took this tour several times), Darlene decided we needed a little more of an interactive experience. And the lessons learned about the differences between wolves was eye-opening, to say the least.

Shunka (who guides the only 4-pack the center maintains) was once housed with a firecracker of a wolf called Mika. I liked Mika. I honestly think Shunka may have heard me say this at a later date and holds it against me to this day – never have I had such a “chilled” reaction from a wolf.

Mika is still alive and well, but she now calls a different sanctuary home.

But as I said, Mika was a firecracker. A troublemaker of the highest order. Not only would she torment Shunka, she liked to instigate. Imagine, if you will, a large female dark coloured wolf putting her head right next to yours … and then growling and challenging the massive white male wolf in front of you. It is an intimidating experience. She took great pleasure in snuggling up against the back of your legs – an affectionate gesture you may think – but, with Mika, no. The close physical contact she sought was only to provide herself with sufficient cover from behind which she could continue to goad Shunka.

The final experience I will share with you is perhaps the most “energizing” of all the wolf encounters.

There is a newer wolf at the center. She was an accidental baby of one of the residents and she’s utterly adorable. I met her as a puppy, a clambering, kissing, and even nibbling, little puppy.

Her final home ended up being with the 4-pack with dad Kekoa, packleader Shunka (who takes crap from no-one these days), and Aunt Sakara.

Going in to a 4-pack of wolves is, as one might imagine, a tad riskier than handling a single wolf, or a pair of wolves. Indeed, it is interesting to note that Tala is a completely different wolf when in with her pack than she is when you take her out of the enclosure.

Darlene indicated the situation would certainly head in the direction of a more “wild” experience.

It lived up to the billing.

You HAVE to remember when dealing with even these captive wolves, that they ARE to some degree wild. I never let that thought leave my mind. I have zero fear of wolves. None.

However, I do have a healthy respect. I am forceful with them when the occasion demands (I am actually generally opposed to being mugged by wolves – though that has happened – and I like having clothes and shoes when I leave the enclosure) and I can read a wolf much like you can read a dog. They offer the same visual indicators and acquiescing to their requests can avoid some unpleasant situations – even a nip from a wolf is not going to be overly fun.

So, in we walk. Tala, being the sweetheart she is, immediately runs over and attempts to eat my shoes (particularly the laces). A quick growled “no!” and a muzzle pinch and she decides I am less entertaining than I used to be, and she moves on to her next victim. Kekoa wants some love. Kekoa is a beast. I mean, obviously he’s actually a beast, but Kekoa is a BIG wolf. A bit of a gentle giant if truth be told, but when this boy wants some love – or a hot dog – there is not a whole heck of a lot you can do to stop him. Paws on shoulders and wolf kisses ensue. I am getting liberally slobbered.

My fiancee is Tala’s new target, but pants, and not shoes, are her preferred dinner. Between slobberings I try to indicate the correct procedures to discourage the behaviour. It’s not working, but Darlene intervenes – but this leads to two outcomes. First, I acquire a second wolf who demands love, and second, it’s only a short-lived reprieve from the pant-eating as even I – who loves wolves – can only handle two ferociously affectionate wolves for a short time.

Shunka? Shunned me – I got a sniff! just a single, solitary sniff. I SWEAR he remembers my Mika comment. And is observing from a distance, but is starting to get a little antsy.

My fiancee is not a massive person. She’s significantly smaller than Kekoa. The pant tugging resumes, and Kekoa tries to punish his daughter. She doesn’t listen, of course. She’s Tala. And then good intentions go bad. Kekoa, clearly convinced that Tala will not obey him, almost looks at my fiancee and with a shrug decides “if you can’t beat them…” and decides he wants my fiancee’s hooded sweater.

With Darlene distracting Shunka, I detached the wolves from the various pieces of clothing (not as easy as you might think – if you think it’s easy at all) as my fiancee hugs a tree to keep from falling over and my Fiancee left the enclosure no worse for wear – the same cannot be said about her pants though!

The question you may ask is… why would I still like Tala so much after this? You just have to meet her. She’s got personality in excess and she’s just a sweetheart underneath it all – with a taste for clothing.

So, these stories demonstrate why there are half a dozen wolves I could adopt because each and every one of those wolves is special to me personally. That doesn’t include the magical story of Nakai, the unique beauty of Zaltana, the unique puppyness of Na’vi, the silliness that is Koda or the rarity which is the Mexican gray wolves.

In finishing…

Visiting a place like the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is well worth the investment of both time and money. The experiences you can have will stay with you for a life time. The adoptions allow you to form a personal bond through which you can remember your wolf experiences and know that you, through your sponsorship, are ensuring that dozens, if not hundreds more people can share that experience with you.

You may not want to step in with a 4-pack of wolves – which is the type of wolf experience I enjoy. Instead, you may have a special moment with one of the ambassador wolves who certainly understand that to eat someone’s possessions is at least frowned upon. But unlike the adoption packages offered by the large wildlife organizations, this is a way for you to personally impact the life of a wolf you have touched, hugged, been licked by, or you simply heard howling and the sound sent a tingle down your spine as you listened.

Disclaimer

HOWLColorado is partnered with the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, but we do not, in anyway, benefit financially or in other ways from any publicity, marketing or promotion we do for the Center.

While we consider the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center a premiere partner – we are more than willing to promote, publicize or market any wildlife organization in the country which shares our mission and we will ask for NOTHING in return. Send press releases, event information or any other request to info@howlcolorado.org and rest assured we will be more than happy to tell everyone we know about your organization.

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