Unfortunately, our lone gray wolf Apache passed away in November of 2016. Though this was a hard hit for staff and the community, we now have the opportunity to expand our wolf habitat to house a small pack of 3-5 individuals. The future “YWS Pack” will be a powerful addition to the sanctuary, our education programs, and our efforts to promote wildlife conservation. This is a big project with a big price tag, with fencing alone costing over $20,000. Every donation helps get us one step closer to giving non-releasable wolves a forever home. Our project objectives highlight the far-reaching impacts you are making with your donation.
Construction of a large wolf habitat for 3-5 gray wolves
Provide engaging education opportunities for students that participate in our education programs from five surrounding counties
Developing an influential role in advocating the conservation of a controversial species in the Northwest region
Giving our children and future generations the rare chance to experience gray wolves up-close and personal
PHASE 1: Habitat Construction
We will use 9-gauge chain link fencing that meets Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) regulatory standards. We will also put in underwire and additional lockouts to separate individuals for medical or training purposes. The habitat will over quadruple in size, to approximately 24,000 square feet!
PHASE 2: Landscaping
The second phase will include landscaping the new habitat. We plan to add native foliage to the hillside as well as rock features, another den, and wooden platforms. We would also like to put in a water feature such as a small stream.
PHASE 3: Walkway Construction
Adjacent to the habitat we plan on constructing a gravel or dirt nature path that takes guests alongside the wolf habitat to a viewing platform. This platform will not only give visitors a better chance to see our wolves but a great view of the entire sanctuary.