The Cincy Rooted Crew recently had the opportunity to volunteer and shoot photos at the Red Wolf Sanctuary in Southeast Indiana.
The Red Wolf Sanctuary is home to many animals including, ten Grey Wolves, three Black Bears, several foxes and much more. Their goal is to expose visitors to the wonders of nature and of the wildlife that lives in their very own country. Started in 1979, the sanctuary has grown to an area well over 100 acres with diverse habitats. They function primarily from the assistance of donations, and even have an “Adopt an Animal” donation for only $50.
A big reason the sanctuary is so important is that they are helping many animals that had been mistreated prior to their arrival at the sanctuary. Many of the animals were taken on improperly as pets, when they are quite simply wild animals. The three black bears taken care of at the sanctuary were all declawed when they were young, an extremely invasive process that drastically affects their ability to walk for the remainder of their lives. The bears are hurt so badly by the declawing process that they walk around on their forearms a majority of the time.
This sanctuary was started by Paul Strasser. Paul was once a teacher, he'd always loved animals and eventually made the leap to leave teaching, but educate people about the wolves, foxes, bears and other animals he now looks after. Paul stepped up to rescue these animals when people who had taken them on as "pets" could no longer handle them. He is an inspiring man, and in his eyes you can see the love he has for each and every animal at the sanctuary. Paul and the sanctuary invest great money and time into building the facilities on location themselves, they have different enclosures for each of the animals. This takes a great deal of effort that can only be completed through the assistance of donations.
At the Red Wolf Sanctuary N.C. Brown and I had the opportunity to be up close and personal with many of these majestic animals. The wolves had no problems coming right up to play with us, and did so quite often, this resulted in some great photo opportunities. It was an amazing experience and many great photos came from it, but the main reason for these photos is to spread awareness of the phenomenal things being done at the sanctuary. Please visit redwolf.org and learn more about their cause as well as consider donation or the ‘adoption’ program.