Nov 012012
 

I have got to tell you that my excitement to go visit the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ was not unwarranted!  It was amazing to watch the majestic creatures that were there.  They have 4 different pens for the wolf packs.  They have had the misfortune to have had several of their wolves die this past year, but it was from old age as the majority of the wolves there are 10 years +, which is older then they would have lived in the wild.  There are a few younger wolves including 3 British Columbian Wolves that are black that are being kept in a smaller pen for now as they were spoiled a bit by the older wolf pack they were tried to be introduced to, which caused them to become a little over aggressive towards the older wolves, so they needed to be put in their own pen.  These pups were about 18 months old when we saw them I believe.

Each pack was unique and it was fun to see the different interactions between the members of the packs.  All I have to say is that it was an amazing experience and I have to strongly suggest visiting this preserve to any who have a love of wildlife and/or photography!  The extra for the photographer’s option is well worth the money.  If you aren’t interested in photography, visit the preserve just to see the wolves during their twice daily wolf watch.

I do have to let you know that right now the preserve is without power due to Hurricane Sandy as it is located in New Jersey, but the owners are working on cleaning up and keeping the wolves safe.  They  also plan to adopt a few new pups next spring to introduce to their packs, so younger wolves will soon be joining the ranks.

 

Sep 272012
 

Not from the preserve, but from Bombay Hook.

Have you ever been fascinated by wildlife?  Have you ever dreamed of getting close (as close as 3-4 feet!) from wild wolves?  Lakota Wolf Preserve is a great place for you then!  This facility in Columbia, NJ is home to 4 packs of wolves; including Timber, Tundra, and Arctic wolves along with Bobcats and foxes that live at the preserve.  The facility is owned by Jim Stein and Dan and Pam Bacon and allows visitors to watch the wolves in native and natural surroundings.

 

If you are just interested in visiting and learning more about the wolves the facility offers 2 1.5 hour wolf watch programs during which visitors can ask as many questions as they would like and talk to people who work with and may even have helped raise some of the wolves present.  Ask about their living structure and eating habits or just about the differences between the different types of wolves.  For those who are into photography, a private 2 hour photo tour can be set up for $300 per person (groups greater then 5 can call for special group prices) and get closer, behind the scenes views of the wolves without the obstruction of the chain link fence that is around the normal public viewing area.

 

Reservations are needed for groups, or during the week.  No reservations are needed for Saturdays or Sundays for families or individuals.  The preserve is closed on Mondays.

 

We are going this weekend for a photography tour along with spending some time at the Delaware Water Gap Saturday.  I look forward to sharing my pictures from the experience with you when we return!  For more information, visit: http://www.lakotawolf.com/

Not from the preserve, but my next ones will be!!