This post is about, wait for it….WOLVES! Yep, yours truly got to photograph and pet and be licked by wolves! I have been looking forward to writing this post for some time. The Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation is one of the most unbelievable experiences I have ever had. The RMWF is run by Mark Johnson in Guffey, Colorado, about two and a half hours south of Denver. I had gone originally with my photography meet up group and had an absolute blast. Mark is in pure love with his job, and when I say job, I mean taking care of wolves. He goes through the history of the RMWF how it got it’s start, and Cheyenne, his first wolf who was said to have healing powers and the ability to sense sickness. The way he talks about Cheyenne, who has been gone since February of 2009, it’s like he’s talking about a family member who recently passed. With such emotion, Mark goes on to tell us her story and stories of other wolves and wolf families that he has rescued.
I have visited the RMWF two times now, and I’ll actually be going again in June with my in-laws. The first time I went was with my meet up group, it was a lot of fun we got to take all the pictures we wanted. We all asked about a million questions. However, nothing could prepare me for actually getting in the enclosure and petting wolves. We were split into groups of 5-7 and then taken on a tour through different habitats. We were able to pet them and scratch behind their ears. There is a wolf there named Thor, he is my favorite. He is enormous and he will stand on his “dog house” and then put his paws on your shoulders, and then he will attempt to lick your face off. I was in heaven, most of the wolves you can pet and interact with and I just couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. When I got home I had to tell my hubby all about it. Since we are both animal, especially dog lovers, he was hanging on my every word of my experience. So I knew we had to go together.
About a month later, my husband and I took a trip to Guffey, CO. One of the best things about the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation is that it is free, they just take donations. All tours have to be set up in advance, and you can have as little or as many people as you would like in your group. Now, you actually get a lot when you come here. You’ll get a presentation of the history and highlights of the foundation, then you’ll be taken through the enclosures. I don’t know what it is about my husband, but animals just gravitate towards him. He’s like Ace Ventura, honestly. Mark lead us through each enclosure, explaining how they got here, what type of animal they are (wolf, wolf-dog, ect). We spent probably about an hour and a half or so, and it was freezing and snowing. We didn’t care, we were just having so much fun. My favorite picture is of Thor and my husband. Just hanging out in Thor’s enclosure, while it was snowing. It was absolutely perfect!
I can definitely say I am looking forward to our next visit, I’m sure we’ll be visiting from time to time. You can see the full gallery below. Are there any animals that are on your bucket list to meet?