Who wants to go walking with wolves?
Wolves! Mysterious, fanged, nocturnal shapeshifting denizens of folklore. The Norse believed a giant wolf, Fenrir would swallow the sun, whilst European fairy tales paint lupines so cunning that they disguise themselves as your grandmother before eating you! But if you go down to the woods today, you're sure in for a big surprise because you're about to see a howl other side to these beautiful creatures as we take you... walking with wolves.
Midway between Seattle and Vancouver lies the towering old-growth forest lands of Fidalgo Island and Predators of the Heart wildlife sanctuary. These ten magical acres of woodland are home to one of the largest packs of wolves in the northwest. But this is no ordinary company of wolves - you won't only hear them howling far off in the distance, nope - you'll get up close and personal as you pet, play and cuddle grown wolves and adorbs wolf puppies! And, before you ask; no - you can't take one home with you!
Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
The unsurprising moral (but hugely mixed metaphor) is that wolves are the sheep in wolves' clothing and humans are the big bad wolves! This is because so many are abused or abandoned victims of the illegal exotic pet trade. Bad humans. Yet, every story needs a hero, so enter Dave Coleburn, Director of Predators of the Heart for 20 years. A living legend whose passion for wolf conservation, wildlife education and exotic rescue means these wolves and other animals now have a forever home where they can live in safety and tranquillity.
Other animals, you say? Yup. The wolves share their habitat with cougars, bobcats, lynx, hawks, owls, vultures, skunks, opossums, foxes and a variety of reptiles. And if that doesn't make you pack your bobble hat and head along the coast, these are dire wolves. Yes! The stars of Game of Thrones. There's also plenty of activities like hiking, magnificent views of the Puget Sound and ferries to the San Juans to whet your appetite before saying "My, what big teeth you have, Grandma!"