DIEGO and DAKOTA

Mexican Gray Wolves – Born May 2017

 

Diego and Dakota are critically endangered Mexican Gray Wolves that were transferred from a California wolf center in November of 2018.

These brothers are part of an important cross-fostering program that swaps wild and captive pups to promote new genetics.

They are part of the Species Survival Program and are incredibly important to the health of future Mexican Grays.

Dakota means "friend" in Sioux, and is very curious and outgoing. Diego is darker in color and loves to play bow at the fence.

 

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

 

 

AKENA and DAKARI

Akena – Japanese meaning Spring

Dakari – African meaning Happiness

Eastern Plains Coyotes – Born May 2003

 

Akena is a good example of a top predator. She is very independent and could survive easily without the help of anyone. She is territorial of her enclosure and very much an alpha. If you like coyotes, she is definitely one to observe. 

She is best known for catching a meat treat in mid air from 30 feet away almost every time. She is always the first to start the wolf howl – only in coyote talk.

Dakari is a handsome coyote with a proud demeanor. He is intelligent and watchful of his surroundings, which makes him a good example of the adaptability and presence of coyotes everywhere. 

Akena and Dakari came from a guaranteed hunt farm, where the animals are bred for sport and torture. We are thankful to have provided a better life for them—one that we can also use to teach about trophy hunting and kill-free coyote management practices. 

 

AMAROK

Born May 2014

 

Amarok is our first internationally rescued wolf with a very special story. He was found roaming the streets of Colombia. Wolves are not native to South America, so it is believed that Amarok was bought illegally on the wildlife market and escaped his housing, as these animals are great escape artists. The Santa Fe Zoo in Medellin, Colombia rescued Amarok and took care of him for a year before contacting us. We welcomed mister tall, dark, handsome and foreign into our pack and he is now not only a companion to our previously widowed wolf Koda, but also a wonderful ambassador for education about the illegal wildlife trade. Amarok is known for his stunning green eyes and his love for doggy toys and London bridges through volunteers’ legs.

 

CHAKRA

Born March 2017

 

Chakra, another one of our newest residents, was born from an accidental litter at a zoo in Indiana. While we were able to welcome Chakra into our pack, our friends at Mission: Wolf welcomed her sister Saurya to theirs. It is amazing to learn about each of these pups and to find how similar they are not only in appearance, but also personality. Chakra is known for her independent nature and love for plopping her bottom into staff and guests’ laps in expectation of back scratches. 

 

 

KEARA WIHOPA

Keara - Celtic meaning Dark Haired

Wihopa - Native American meaning Beautiful Woman

Alaskan Interior Wolf · Born May 2004 

 

Keara is our Alaskan Interior wolf, which is a sub-species of the Timber wolf. She is fast, springy, happy, and full of energy. Pure wolf excitement and beauty best describes Keara. While she is on the shy side, she has a collection of souvenirs that she has taken from guests. Keara came to us from a facility in Ohio.

 

KEKOA

Hawaiian meaning Brave One

Timber Wolf – Born April 2007

 

Kekoa is a handsome male with a sweet and gentle personality. He is often referred to as our “ladies man” due to his excitement when ladies enter his enclosure, both staff and guests. He is well known for his thick, silver-gray mane with a striking appearance and for giving out kisses that are as big as he is.

Kekoa came from the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Florida with his sister Sakara. 

 

 

 

KEYNI

British Columbian/Tundra Wolf – Born March 2013

 

“Keyni (prounounced “Key-Nigh”) was named with this spelling because we hoped that he would be the “key” to our ambassador wolf program. Like most of our animals, Keyni matured and decided that he no longer wished to leave his enclosure to meet guests. However, he is always happy to welcome guests into his enclosure as they gain a deeper understanding about these animals. 

Keyni was born at a sanctuary in Florida and we adopted him. Our good friends at Mission: Wolf drove all the way to Florida to pick him up along with two of his siblings that now reside at

Mission: Wolf. 

He is known for his graying fur—as he is a black phase wolf, his happy helicopter tail, and staring deeply with his bright yellow eyes into yours.

 

KODA

Native American meaning Friend

Timber Wolf – Born March 2008 

 

Koda was adopted from a wolf facility in Lake George, Colorado, and is our only wolf who has had an accidental pregnancy resulting in two pups; Tala and Nakai. CWWC is a non-breeding facility, however Koda taught us that nature isn’t always on time when she went into a 3 day heat cycle at the age of 9 months, which is very uncommon. The father, Kekoa, was scheduled to be neutered the next week. 

Koda is best known for her piercing amber eyes and a skill for pick-pocketing for treats. She is also the wolf featured on our billboard heading west on Highway 24 advertising CWWC in a beautiful way.

 

MICAH

Meaning Symbolic

Timber Wolf – Born April 2009

 

Micah is a tall, lanky wolf who is all boy, especially when it comes to mud and water. He would remind you of a teenage football player that would love to tackle and play rough in the mud. However, he has a sweet side and gives off persistent reminders that you have more than one hand to pet him with. 

Micah was adopted from Seacrest Wolf Preserve as a young pup to be introduced to one of our single females as a companion. They are now known as our “honeymoon couple” because of their affectionate nature with each other. 

He has also been nicknamed “Slurp” because he loves to gulp down water—subsequently approaching you with a drippy mouth to give you a big wet kiss.

 

NA’VI

Named after the Tribe in the movie Avatar

Timber Wolf – Born March 2010

 

Na’vi is a big love. He loves people and will prance right up to the fence expecting to be pet by everyone. He will always happily accept treats from anyone, and knows that he can “work a crowd” to get treats, as well as lots of ‘oohs and ahhs.’ He was obtained from a facility in Florida as a potential ambassador wolf for the sanctuary. 

Na’vi was named after the tribe in the movie Avatar because of their close ties to nature. But even his blood makes him a famous wolf – he is the nephew of the real black wolf that was used in the second Twilight movie.

 

 

NEVADA

Meaning snow-covered

Red Fox – Born April 2003

 

Nevada was born with an unnatural white coat of fur despite being called a "Red Fox."

The reason why he is not red in color is because his parents came from a fur farm where they were genetically modified to be white. White fur being sold as Arctic Fur is much harder to come by and is more expensive. He is quiet, shy and laid back. He loves to watch guests from his “Skyfox Freeway” bridge, which is 13 feet tall, and 60 feet long, as well as sunbathe on his two-story condo – inside of which you can find a feathery bed that he has created for himself. 

 

 

ORENDA

Born April 2017

 

Orenda is one of the many new residents here at the Center. She came to us from Seacrest Wolf Preserve, as have many of our other ambassadors. Wolves are wild animals and it is very hard to find one that is happy with the ambassador job, which involves traveling off-site for education, meeting larger groups of people, and walking comfortably on a leash and harness. Orenda is growing large not only in size, but also personality as she becomes more eager to meet groups of people during meet-and-greets and interactions. She is very well known for her excited and loving open mouth kisses and sweet demeanor. 

 

 

RAKSHA

Born May 14, 2016 

 

Raksha came to us from an ambassador program in Texas. He now lives with his beautiful bride, Chakra. Raksha is named after the wolf in the Jungle Book. Our "rock star" has an outgoing personality, curious nature and is very independent.

 

ISHA

Born May 14, 2016 

 

Isha means "The Ruling Goddess, Lord, or One Who Protects."

Isha was born all white, which is extremely unusual. Arctic Wolves are born with a dark color and eventually turn white. He is shyer than his brother, Raksha, but has a more calm and gentle nature.

 

 

RHETT and SCARLETT

Born May 2017

 

Rhett and Scarlett, cleverly named after the Gone with the Wind characters, came from two separate litters at an ambassador program in Montana. Red foxes are still one of the most common animals used in the fur farm industry today, and we feel that this is crucial to include in our educational program. Many guests who meet Rhett and Scarlett are unaware of the practices that take place at these fur farms and the suffering that their species endures for the sake of a fashion statement. Staff, guests and volunteers are enjoying watching these two frisky kits grow up and reminding us all that each and every animal is a unique individual that deserves a life to enjoy. Scarlett is independent by nature and loves to play pounce at the hands wiggling under the blanket. Rhett is particularly known for his curious and inquisitive looks as he outsmarts the handlers.

 

SWIFT FOX

Because we are an AZA certified facility we are able to participate in the Species Survival Program (SSP) with our swift foxes. The swift fox's historical range in North America stretched all across the Great Plains until they were nearly extirpated (having about 10% of their natural range left) in the early 1900s. Today, thanks to the SSP we have seen a comeback of our swift foxes in about 40% of their historical range. We are proud to partake in this recovery. 

 

TALA

Native American for Wolf

Timber Wolf – Born March 2009

 

Tala is a sweet little wolf with a big personality. She is a curious girl who comes when called, loves belly rubs and back scratches, and happily overwhelms humans with wolf kisses. Tala is the result of an accidental pregnancy. Her mother, Koda, surprised us by becoming pregnant when she was only 8 months old. 

Tala loves to prove to everyone that her size doesn’t stop her. She is one of our strongest wolves when out on a walk, and also does a great job bossing her mate Na’vi around when he forgets how “big” she really is. 

 

ZALTANA

Native American meaning Highest Mountain

Timber Wolf – Born May 2006

 

This stunning black wolf is a photographer’s dream. She is tall and graceful, but she is more than beauty. She is fascinating to watch as she thinks and evaluates situations. If a small meat treat is thrown in her enclosure, she will use all her senses to find it. Her ears will move independently in all directions to hear what is around, her nose will trace the treat, yet her eyes will never stop watching her observers. 

Zaltana and her brother Kwahadi are from a breeder in Texas. The two pups were supposed to be the last she would sell to the general public. When you see these two, you will understand why we are against backyard breeders—Kwahadi and Zaltana are not pets, but prime examples of wary, yet curious wolves. Though she will not allow anyone to touch her, she is happy to greet her friends by giving them great back rubs and a few quick kisses.

 

 

MAKUEE

Timber Wolf – Born 2012

 

Keyni and Makuee lived next door to each other for about a month to see how they behaved with each other before allowing them in the same enclosure. Once they were let in together, they began a very cute wolf tango, chasing each other and play bowing.

Makuee is very playful and sweet. She loves interacting with humans. She can be an attention hog and is still learning how to kiss properly.

 

 

 

RANGO

Fennec Fox – Born 2012

Rango came to us from a private owner who could no longer keep him. Fennec foxes are in high demand as pets in the United States due to their cute appearance and small size. Many people believe they are easy to care for, but fennec foxes are sensitive wild animals native to northern Africa. Rango himself does not use a litter box and is known for being very grumpy! He is the only exotic (non-native) canine we have here at CWWC.