Volume 13, Issue 159, January 2018


The Monthly Free E-Newsletter of South African Friends of Wolves

Volume 13, Issue 159, January 2018

From the Editor’s Desk

A Happy New Year to all our loyal readers!

The “Crazy Season” as it is aptly termed was one of mixed feelings for us this time around. The week before Xmas, a lady unknown to us to this point contacted us and shared with us a most heartbreaking story of a small she-wolf cub she had rescued from a pet shop in the north of Jo’burg. Within days, it came down with parvovirosis, was hospitalized, released too early, had a relapse, was admitted to another veterinary hospital, and there the whole thing was eventually buggered up so thoroughly that the little girl died crying in the arms of her rescuer. Even though we did not know the lady or the cub, we were in tears for days afterwards. To add insult to injury, the well-meaning lady was left with a giant debt in vet fees, and the final hospital did not shy from keeping the girl’s ashes as collateral.

Then, no sooner had we mailed out our personal Season’s Greeting that we learnt from the wife of an old friend of ours that he might just make it to one more Xmas Day, having been diagnosed with a massive brain tumor some time earlier.

Eventually Xmas arrived and we enjoyed a new, huge, high-quality Xmas tree that Erin had managed to secure for us in a local church charity auction. Xmas Day then was so hot that we couldn’t stay in house, but had to seek climatic refuge on our veranda that is always cool and airy due to some clever construction that came into being by various coincidences. Otherwise the holidays were rather quiet, just as we like it.

New Year’s Eve came and went, with just a little fireworks from a new neighbour, which somewhat upset the pack and made us try out a homemade calming remedy a friend had given us for just this purpose. It worked like a charm!

With 2018 now underway in earnest, its first week was spoiled completely when we learnt, entirely unexpectedly, that Maiyun, the last surviving cub from our two litters from Ulaala had to be put to rest. We were, and still are, deeply saddened, but nevertheless managed, with great difficulty, to grant him an obituary at the end of this newsletter.

I will refrain from adding more text here. Simply read this newsletter for yourself and see where you can help with a signature or more. The wolves of the world will need all your and our support in 2018 as well…

Till the next time,

Upcoming Events

International Wolf Center (info@wolf.ccsend.com); on behalf of International Wolf Center (info@wolf.org)
Register Now for the 2018 International Wolf Symposium 2018:
Wolves in a Changing World
October 11-14, 2018

Calling all Wolf Biologists, Enthusiasts, Educators and Wildlife Conservationists. Registration is now open for the sixth International Wolf Symposium.
Register now

Location & Lodging:

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland DR N, Minneapolis, MN 55428

Lodging is available at a reduced rate of $119 + taxes per night. All-suite hotel.

Symposium Fees:

  • Early registration – $399.00* (October 13, 2017 – May 31, 2018)
  • Regular registration – $474.00 (June 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018)
  • Late registration – $500.00* (Any time after September 1, 2018)
  • Student registration – $299.00 (High school or college. Member discount does not apply.)

*International Wolf Center members will receive a $50.00 discount. Not a member? Join today!

Registration includes 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, a reception, all daily break refreshments and materials.

Optional Events:

  • Welcome Rendezvous Reception with cash bar, Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., October 11, 2018
  • Wolves and Wilderness Bus Tour, Thursday, October 11, 2018 – $99 (Bus tour will not be back in time for the reception.)
  • The Last Great Wolf Restoration Banquet, Saturday evening, October 13, 2018 – $50

*If your employer will not cover these expenses or you are bringing a significant other, click here to register for the additional events separately.


Keynote speakers and Plenary sessions will be presented by international wolf experts in their particular fields of study.

Concurrent sessions, given throughout the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will focus on a variety of topics under the following categories:

  • Distribution of Wolves Around the World
  • Wolf Ecology
  • Wolf/Human Interactions
  • Wolf Management and Policies
  • Wildlands and Ecosystems
  • Wolf Conservation and Education
  • Emerging Research and Technologies
  • Other

Poster Session: Posters will be on display Friday through noon Sunday, with a Q&A session Saturday at noon.

Exhibitors will have displays throughout the symposium.

Networking opportunities will be plentiful.

Be sure to watch your email and wolf.org for updates! You can help us spread the word by sharing this email.

Learn more here.

  1. International Wolf Center’s Adventure Programs

Say Yes to New Adventures!

Turn your vacation into a one-of-a-kind wilderness experience. The International Wolf Center offers a variety of Adventure Programs led by informative and enthusiastic wolf experts for people of all ages. Visit our website for a complete list of adventure programs.

  1. Upcoming Webinars 

Webinar rate: $15 Non-members, $12 Members

Wolf Conservation Center (contact=nywolf.org@mail63.sea91.rsgsv.net)

1. Wolf Camp for Kids!

It may be cold outside, but it’s time to start thinking about summer camp!

Give the young animal lover in your family a chance to thrive among wolves all week long!  The five-day program will include opportunities for your child to learn about nature and wildlife through woodland exploration, scavenger hunts, wilderness games, live animals, etc. Children will learn about various habitats, animal communication and behaviour, food chains, and local wildlife.

Programs will run with a minimum of 4 children and a maximum of 12.  All children who complete the program will get a special “Junior Wolf Biologist” certificate. Pre-registration is required.
9AM – 3PM
Fee: $350 per child for the week-long program (Monday – Friday)

Sessions for children entering Grades 5 – 6 

Spring Break Camp 
For children entering grades 3 – 5  ​
Time: 9AM – 3PM
Fee: $300 per child for the 4-day program (Tuesday – Friday)
Information & registration HERE!


2. Sleeping with Wolves – Our Wild Campout Adventure

Wake up with Wolves!

Sleeping with Wolves, the Wolf Conservation Center‘s popular nocturnal adventure experience gives guests a chance to camp out overnight with the 30 wolves that call the center home! With all the howls and nature’s night-time chatter, you will feel like you’re camping under the stars with wild wolves!
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and dates are selling out quickly!

Information and registration here.

Summer Internships for College Students

The Wolf Conservation Center is pleased to offer summer environmental education internship opportunities for college students! The environmental education internship is designed to expose interns to the field of conservation education and wildlife biology. Interns conduct a variety of education programs and assist with the daily operations of the WCC.

Information here.


  1. Join Us for an Adventure in Yellowstone

The Wild is Calling!

Join us for an adventure sure to impart wild memories!
Join professionals from Yellowstone Insight and the Wolf Conservation Center for unique, educational, and wildlife-filled adventures in Yellowstone National Park!
Have you ever wanted to go to Yellowstone? Bask in the natural wonders of the first National Park? If so, one of these adventures is perfect!

SUMMER FAMILY ADVENTURE: August 5 – 10, 2018: More info.

FALL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE: September 8 – 13, 2018: More info.

News from the Wolf Front


Nothing to report


From Defenders of Wildlife (http://www.defenders.org)

  1. USA: eNews: A New Year for wildlife awaits

Red wolf numbers have plummeted to less than 25 individuals. To make matters worse, a recent Senate Interior spending bill is calling for an end to the 30-year red wolf recovery efforts and for a declaration of red wolves as extinct in the wild.
Learn more

From Change.org (Brigitte Sommer (www.wolfsschutz-deutschland.de) via Change.org (change@mail.change.org, translated here from German)

1. Germany: Are Wolves deliberately baited to justify their shooting?

In Berlin, the political parties CDU and SPD are presently trying to form a great coalition. Which effect such coalition could have on our wolves in Germany can be imagined by looking at the Brandenburg Wolf Act that became effective 1 January 2018. This act was driven by the Brandenburg Minister for Environmental Affairs Vogelsänger (SPD) and the Minister for Environmental Affairs of Saxony, Schmidt (CDU), is said to have been his supportive advisor.

Read this article [in German] here.
According to it, wolves in Brandenburg could now be killed without trying to scare them off before. Furthermore a wolf can be shot by a hunter without consultation of an expert advisor if he has killed twice.
A wolf friend and farmer of grazing livestock has been to an area in Brandenburg that has been making headlines for years. She experienced the unbelievable; sheep are left grazing unprotected in the midst of the forest and wolf habitat, no electric fencing, nothing (http://wolfsschutz-deutschland.de/2018/01/07/brandenburger-wolfsverordnung-freibrief-zum-woelfe-toeten/).

One could now accuse the farmer of deliberately offering his sheep to the wolves, but why would he do that? Is he trying to create the facts that are provided for in the wolf act for shooting wolves?

Please direct your protests to the minister:
Tel.: 0331/ 866 -7001

The secretary:
Tel.: 0331/ 866 -7004


The Office of the Minister and State Secretary for Coordination, Cabinet, Provincial Parliament and Federal Council
Tel.: 0331/ 866 -7015
The Print media/Public Relations and International Cooperation

Tel.: 0331/ 866 -7237
Fax: 0331/ 866 -7018
E-mail: Pressestelle@MLUL.Brandenburg.de

  1. Jan Olsson via Change.org (change@mail.change.org, translated here from German)

Germany: “Daybreak” in the wolf area – The Fight for the (Survival) Life of our Wolves!

An eventful wolf-year has come to an end.

On behalf of the W-I-S-Z-V, I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your support during the year.
Your commitment for the petition “With the human! – For the Wolf!” and the W-I-S-Z-V shows those in the say how many people are willing to campaign for our wolves!
Furthermore we want to thank everybody who made a financial contribution to the W-I-S-Z-V for the protection of wolves! That’s the only way we can effectively protect the wolves from what is threatening their lives!
But the new year already shows that there are new tasks and that initiatives and arrangements for the protection of the wolves will be necessary.

Our wolves are in urgent need of your support in the New Year too! Please, participate!

In the nearer future we will specifically involve ourselves in the following tasks:
– Protecting the Goldenstedt she-wolf and her pack from illegal and legal shooting;
– Protecting of the Cuxhaven pack from shooting;
– Preventing the shooting of a wolf from the Rosenthal pack;
– Clarifying the illegal shooting of the Cuxhaven she-wolf;
– Launching cost-intensive court cases for the prevention of “legal” shootings, if necessary, in Cuxhaven, Goldenstedt and other locations;
– Coordinating and effectuating actions, if necessary, in Cuxhaven, Goldenstedt and other localities for the prevention of shootings of wolves by “snipers” commissioned by the authorities;
– Intensifying research by the W-I-S-Z-V for a better understanding of behaviours and for the protection of our wolves.
We wish you a happy and successful New Year 2018!

From Wolf Conservation Center (contact=nywolf.org@mail102.atl71.mcdlv.net); on behalf of Wolf Conservation Center (contact@nywolf.org)

  1. USA: Pilots to the Rescue Making A Difference for Endangered Wolves

Santa isn’t the only one taking to the sky to make special deliveries this season! Pilot Patrick Lofvenholm might not be flying by sleigh and magic reindeer, but his contribution to the red wolf recovery program is better than anything that can fit under a tree: Lofvenholm’s precious cargo is “M1606”, an elusive captive red wolf from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sandy Ridge facility in N.C.

Wolf Conservation Center curator Rebecca Bose met Lofvenholm at Raleigh-Durham International Airport early Sunday to load the wolf onto his light, twin-engined piston aircraft for transport to Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York.

The critically endangered fellow will be paired with F2121 (a.k.a. Charlotte), a red wolf who currently resides at the WCC, in hope that they will make a priceless contribution to the recovery of their rare species with pups next spring.

The Species Survival Plan (SSP) management group for the red wolf determines which captive wolves should breed each year by using software developed for the population management of endangered species. Genetic diversity is the primary consideration in the selection of red wolf breeding pairs because all red wolves descended from just fourteen founders rescued from extinction.
This is not the first animal mission for Lofvenholm, for close to 10 years the dedicated pilot has been helping canines in need by transporting dogs rescued from kill-shelters to safe havens or forever homes. Lofvenholm is a member of the wonderful team at Pilots to the Rescue (PTTR), a volunteer-based non-profit aviation organization that donates flights to make a difference for animals.

“We are excited to be working with the Wolf Conversation Center in transporting this critically endangered passenger,” said PTTR founder Michael Schneider. “Pilots to the Rescue has generally been involved in dog rescue so this is a welcome pivot with our organization.  We recognize the grave situation that the red wolf population is in and we want to contribute to saving these animals.  After all, without wolves where would the common domestic dog be?”
Learn more about Pilots to the Rescue at http://www.pilotstotherescue.org/   

  1. Budget Rider seeks to open Trophy Hunting Seasons on Wolves

USA: Budget Rider takes Aim at Wolves

Right now, the House and Senate are still working to determine how to fund the government, and damaging anti-wolf amendments (riders) that undermine Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections are still in play.
One provision seeks to permanently remove federal ESA protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Wyoming, to allow trophy hunting of wolves to resume within these states. To add insult to injury, the bill prohibits its judicial review thus preventing any legal challenge.
Another provision goes as far as seeking to strip protections for critically endangered Mexican gray wolves.
As the rate of extinctions and the loss of biodiversity accelerates, the ESA is essential for keeping vulnerable species alive. If we allow the draft appropriation bills to pass as is, the act itself could become extinct.
Please tell Congress to stop the attacks on wildlife and oppose all legislation that targets endangered species.

Take Action here.

From Endangered Species Coalition (action@endangered.org)

  1. USA: Attacks on the Endangered Species Act push red wolves closer to extinction

Congress has waged a relentless series of attacks on the Endangered Species Act this year, and 2018 is likely to be even worse.

Support the Endangered Species Act with a 100% tax-deductible donation today to the Endangered Species Coalition’s campaign to protect this crucial safeguard.

The Senate will consider legislation soon that could contain multiple attacks on endangered species. One of the most concerning is an attempt to shut down all efforts to save highly endangered red wolves.

There are fewer than 50 of these wolves in the wild today, yet some in Washington, D.C. are seeking to abandon them to extinction. A provision in the Department of Interior spending bill asks the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to “end the Red Wolf recovery program and declare the Red Wolf extinct.” We know that if red wolves have habitat and the protections of the Endangered Species Act, they can come back. This action – should it succeed – is nothing short of intentional extinction.

Fight for red wolves and other endangered species with your year-end donation to the Endangered Species Coalition here.

This assault on conservation is just one of what are expected to be several attempts to weaken or dismantle the Endangered Species Act and put wildlife at risk.

In addition to this attack on red wolves, Gray wolves in the Great Lakes could lose all protections, and there is yet another bill that would kick highly endangered Mexican gray wolves off of the endangered species list. Still more bills target prairie chickens and endangered beetles. Even the ability of citizens to access the courts to gain protections for species is at risk.

Congress will hit the ground running in 2018. Please make a 100% tax-deductible donation today so that we can meet them with determined grassroots opposition: Donate here.

Your gift will be matched up to $15,000 by our board of directors.

Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.

  1. USA: Wisconsin could kill two-thirds of the wolves in its borders

Thanks to the protections of the Endangered Species Act, gray wolves are recovering in the Great Lakes and around the country. Where fields and forests were once devoid of their wild howl, they are now able to form packs and reclaim their ancestor’s habitats free of threats posed by hunters’ bullets and traps.

This could all come to an end very soon. Legislation is pending in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate that would rewrite the rules of the Endangered Species Act and slash protections for these still-recovering wolves.

Make a 100% tax-deductible donation today to help keep wolves and other endangered species protected. If you give before the 31st, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to our goal of $15,000 by generous and committed members of our board of directors: Donate here.

Wolves in Wisconsin could be subjected to some of the most draconian attacks in the last century. Leaked communications show that the state intends to kill as many as two-thirds of the wolves in its borders. By bullet, by trap, or even by attacking packs of dogs, they plan to wipe out most of these creatures that you and I have worked so hard to bring back.

We can still stop them. The Senate will likely move quickly in 2018 to pass spending bills that could contain wolf delisting and other dangerous “riders.” Killing these bills will be our primary priority. We have worked for months to build opposition to these legislative assaults and will bring every resource we have to this fight.

The future of these wolves – and of the Endangered Species Act – hangs in the balance. Please join us in the fight by making a 100% tax-deductible donation.

Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.

  1. USA: The mother of these wolves could have been gunned down

These healthy, exuberant wolves might never have been born if it were not for the support of people like you. In 2016, our Great Lakes Representative worked tirelessly to mobilize opposition to a predator killing contest in Wisconsin. Thanks to her efforts, the contest did not happen. A female wolf that is a member of an area pack went on to have pups that went on to become the yearling wolves pictured above. Had the contest gone ahead, she and the rest of her pack could have been killed by hunters.

That is just one example of how organizing works to save species. We will have our work cut out for us stopping attacks on wolves and other endangered species in 2018. If you make your 100% tax-deductible gift it will be matched dollar-for-dollar by our board of directors up to our $15,000 goal. I hope we can count on your support: Donate here.

Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.

From Take Action! at GreaterGood Network (news@greatergood.com)

  1. Save Mexican Gray Wolves From Extinction

Mexican gray wolves are the most endangered subspecies of wolves in the world and unless more of them are released into the wild, they are doomed to go extinct.
Once a conservation success story, the number of Mexican gray wolves in the wild has dwindled drastically after years of delaying needed releases of wolves from captivity. At the end of 2015, there were an estimated 97 of these wolves in the world, and 14 Mexican gray wolf deaths were documented last year, marking the most in any single year since the federal government began reintroducing them in New Mexico and Arizona in 1998.
Please sign our petition to tell the Trump administration to release more wolves into the wild before it’s too late.

Sign our petition.

Other News


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Next Door

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From ForceChange (TakeAction@ForceChange.com)

Colombia: Justice for Abandoned Dog Who ‘Died of a Broken Heart’ at Airport

A dog abandoned at the Colombian Bucaramanga airport and named “Traveling Cloud” by bystanders, has died of a broken heart. The poor creature became severely depressed after being left behind by her owner. Eventually she stopped eating and recently died of starvation. Sign this petition to demand justice for this poor animal.

Wolves and Wolfdogs

Wolves in Sweden

by Louise de Toit

A TRIBUTE TO GRIMMA: Dear friends, earlier today, the beautiful female wolf, Grimma, who came from Norway and settled in Sweden, was shot by a hunter in Södertörn, a few miles south of Stockholm. I am dedicating my song, “For Every Fallen Wolf”, to her and all the other persecuted wolves of the Swedish wolf hunt.

The 2018 licensed hunt, which takes place in five counties between January 2nd and February 15th, with a limit on the number which may be killed in each county, has a quota of twenty-two wolves this year. On the first day, eight wolves were shot, with the hunting magazine, “Svensk Jakt”, reporting that two of the deceased wolves had scabies. With Grimma and three more wolves killed since then, the total of the deceased wolves now stands at twelve.

According to recent estimates, Sweden has a total wolf population of around 355 animals. Wolf hunting is legal in Sweden and it is closely regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. However, the hunt has always been controversial, with various organizations, including the Swedish Carnivore Association, calling for the hunt to be stopped – while organizations like the National Hunting Association had requested that it be extended.

One simple way to oppose the Scandinavian wolf hunts is by signing and sharing the following petitions – please add your signatures:



You can listen to the song here: https://soundcloud.com/louise-du-toit/for-every-fallen-wolf

Wolf Myths and Legends, Part 146

Wolf My Guide

by Dances-with-sacred-landscape (Barb Campbell)

I wander the wilderness alone, the tears burn down my frozen cheeks.
I am lost and far from home, exhausted I crumple to my knees.
I gaze to the mountains peak, soon it will be dark.
I am cold and I am weak, to push on I know I must.

But strength I cannot spare, so I lay upon the snow.
Watch my breath in the air, seeing where it will go.
My thoughts bring me back to the wolf not far away.
Lying so still within the trap, death came to her today.

The pain inside me grows, I simply cannot understand.
Why the Wolf they chose to banish from this land.
My life I’d gladly give, if it would only bring her back.
I wanna see her live, be united with her pack.

I close my eyes, they are sore and await for death’s embrace.
I cannot go on anymore, the pain soon erased.
Within the darkened night I am awakened suddenly.
A Wolf gave me quite a fright, but it is her I see!

Silvery fur against the Moon, her eyes filled with love.
She sings a beautiful tune, like an angel from high above.
I felt the tears flow again as I held onto her so tight.
Numbness turned to pain, she kept me warm that night.

By the warmth of the sun, I awaken to see her leave.
She tells me her work’s nearly done, I’m to get back on my feet.
Whenever you feel lost inside or even feel alone.
Call on Wolf to be your guide, I will take you home.

Follow now she says, you’ll see, tread now in my path.
You were wanting to give your life for me, I give you something back.
That happened four years ago, I recalled it best I could.
I smile quite often as I know, she still roams within the woods.

I call upon her often still, she’s wise and pure at heart.
A love no one can ever fill, I know we’ll never part.
Should next time a Wolf you meet, take the time to understand.
Put down your gun, learn to speak and listen…
You’ll learn much about this land!

Readers’ Contribution

A Wolfdog Diary

By Erin

It is with great sadness that I have to report on the death of Maiyun, brother of Kaki, Kapu I and Pachua, son of Ulaala and Annak. Although he had moved to our best friend in the Cape at the age of 5 weeks, he has always remained part of or lives, too. Almost daily e-mal contact with our friend kept us informed all the time and allowed us to follow his life every step of the way.

About a year ago he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right lower front leg, and because the cancer had not spread yet and her vet was confident that he would manage well on three legs the infected leg was amputated. Everything went well, he recovered in record time and ran and played as though he had been born with only three legs. Now, quite suddenly, he seemed a bit sore and our friend discovered blood in his urine. When she took him to the vet it turned out that the cancer was back, had spread to his inner organs, and there was nothing left they or the vet could do other than to end his misery there and then before it really started to turn bad.

I will never forget when our friend and her mom visited us and our pack for the first time; mom rather sceptical of these “wild animals”, our friend so excited to come face to face with them, having dreamt since childhood of getting such a chance. When we knew for sure that Ulaala was pregnant for the second time with Annak’s and her litter, we didn’t have to think twice to whom one of the pups would go – we could not have wished for a better, more caring and loving home than that of our friend’s. She came to visit again and fell head-over-heals in love with that little white bundle she named Maiyun. She drove all the way from the Cape to us together with a friend, spent two days with us, and had already arranged for an overnight stay halfway back in a small B&B that had no problems to accomodate two ladies and a puppy. Maiyun quickly advanced to being the favourite animal of the whole family, he stole the hearts of everybody who got to know him in no time.

Now he had to go, leaving a very painful emptiness in the hearts of all who had the honour of knowing him. He was our “last man standing” – the last of the pups of the two litters we had from our pack. He reached a good age of 11 years (he would have turned 12 this year in August), but it was still too early to say goodby for all of us.

I know there is never a right moment or time to let go, and we are so thankful for all the happy years he had and to our friend for all her caring, love and dedication to him. We know he is fine now, in a better space, and happily reunited with the rest of his pack, and all that makes letting go a little easier, but it will take some time until the pain of loss and emptiness will fade into the background.

Will be continued…