The Issue: Risk of Wildfires in Captive Wolves' Facility
California Wolf Center is located in a rural area of the mountains in San Diego County, which is at a high risk of wildfire. Fires affected the facility in 2002 and 2003, and four of the center's wolves died due to smoke inhalation in the first fire. Because the center is in a remote location, fire services cannot react as quickly to threats of fire as they can in urban areas, which puts the lives of the 19 wolves living on the property at risk.
The Campaign: Funding Fire Gel to Protect the Property
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then California Wolf Center can purchase a 4-gallon tub of fire gel to help protect its property from wildfires. Each additional $150 raised will fund a large dog crate to evacuate one wolf in case of an emergency. As part of the center’s ongoing fire-prevention efforts, such as fire breaks and an onsite water truck, the fire-resistant gel can defend the wolves' habitats as well as manmade structures against wildfires.
Donors who contribute $10 and register with California Wolf Center will receive one admission pass to the Wolf Recovery Today weekend tour. Donors who contribute $30 and register will receive a Lone Wolf Membership, which includes free public tours for one year, half off private tours, a gift-shop discount, and two one-time guest passes.
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California Wolf Center
California Wolf Center was founded in 1977 to educate the public about wildlife and ecology, specifically the history and behavior of the gray wolf. Located 50 miles east of San Diego, it houses 19 wolves—five Alaskan gray wolves and 14 of the approximately 358 Mexican gray wolves that exist worldwide. The wolves act as ambassadors for the wild, taking part in educational programs for the public. The center also participates in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan, which aims to help the endangered species recover in the wild. At the facility, wolves live in off-exhibit enclosures that can help retain their natural behavior since some of them will eventually be released back into the wild.