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Posted on: Friday, 11 October 2013

Are You A Fan Of White Fang? Then Come See The Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary

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In Storms River on the Garden Route, you will find the Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary which is the only non-profit centre in South Africa that houses 80 stunning wolves.

Established in 2000, the sanctuary aims to support survival of wolves around the world by educating people on the importance of all wildlife, teaching about wolves lives and how they associate with other animals, their relationship to humans, the importance of them remaining in their natural habitat and putting plans in place to preserve a healthy genetic line of wolves in the wild.

 

Wolf Sanctuary

 

The problem comes in when humans breed wolves with dogs, creating hybrid mix. Although cute as puppies, they are not ideal pets, as they grow up they require a lot of attention, have special needs and are much more work than a regular dog. They need to be penned in as they are fantastic escape artists and cannot control their natural wolf instincts, making them a difficult animal to care for.

Once older and past puppy stage, many humans realize how difficult they become to look after and the animal is often given away, put down, abandoned or uncared for. This is incredibly unfair on the animal as they cannot survive in the wild on their own at this stage and these are the animals that land up at the Wolf Sanctuary.

The sanctuary provides a safe, natural environment for the wolves which is as close to their natural habitat as possible. When funds allow and after rehabilitation, they wolf packs may be released back into the wild. Wolves are fascinating creatures and Native Americans believed that they are our teachers. The wolves display incredible dedication to their pack. No one wolf will be left behind, they stay together and car for the young, sick or injured.

You can visit the sanctuary to visit the wolves and enjoy guided tours in the day or at night. There is accommodation on site, no electricity, no luxuries, only essential, basic needs are available.

 

Wolf Sanctuary

 

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Address: R102, Storms River, Tsitsikamma, Garden Route
Telephone: +27 (0)21 657-5859
Opening hours: From 08h30 to 16h00 daily.

Michelle Rawlinson

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Michelle has a huge love for all things aquatic, particularly marine life. Her main passion lies with Great White Sharks, although she is interested in all marine species and their well-being. She volunteers at the Two Oceans Aquarium in her spare time and would spend all her time by the sea or surrounded by nature if possible. After spending 7 years in the United Kingdom, she has returned back home to Cape Town to be nearer to her family and to her ‘favourite place in the world’. She enjoys camping, fishing, watching rugby and going out with her friends and family to try out new restaurants and bars.

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