Sage and Charlotte here, checking in from Mission Wolf! We’ve been here for 5 whole days! Time is flying by. During the mornings, we’ve spent time fixing wolf enclosures, gathering firewood for the winter, helping with sign construction, assisting construction of the new visitor center, and collecting discarded animal bones from the wolves. The days are hot, and the nights are cold. In the afternoons, we’ve filled our time with many lessons about service, communication, and group dynamics. We spend our evenings crafting curries, pastas and stir fry’s. The community here is completely self-sustained, and source all their buildings materials from recycled donations as well as being completely solar run. The 9 staff live in a mixture of teepee’s, cabins, and greenhouses, working continuously to keep Mission Wolf running smoothly. On Friday, Oct 2nd, we had the pleasure of speaking with Kent, the director and founder of Mission Wolf. He brought us into the “Ambassador” wolves enclosure, where we met Zeab, Nishira, and Ydun. They greeted us with sweet kisses, and we returned their affection with lots of pets. In addition, Kent showed us how to howl like the wolves. As we began to howl, all the wolves chimed in, until a choir of howls could be heard throughout the valley. This howling is a familiar sound as they do it at dawn and dusk acting as an early morning alarm for the group. Because this is the longest we have stayed in one place so far we have acquired a sense of community, while simultaneously continuing to learn about the lifestyle demonstrated here and the sustainability involved.
We will check in soon with another update, hope everyone is staying happy and healthy! BYEEE!!!
photos: the wolves eat a diet of solely raw meat. The majority of that meat comes from local ranchers donating cows and horses that have passed away. We helped sort and dispose of the left over bones.