Monday, October 19, 2015
One of the places Miss D. and I visited during our recent journey was the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center. It's in the mountains about an hour's drive from Colorado Springs, at an altitude of about 8,500 feet (and yes, we were puffing and panting even getting out of the car! When you live at only a few hundred feet above sea level, the rapid transition to a place fifteen times higher in altitude is enervating, to say the least!)
The Wolf Center came across as a little radical-environmentalist, somewhat pro-wolf without taking into consideration the needs of overall game management and other interests, but very dedicated and committed to what they're doing. (Miss D. being from Alaska, and yours truly being from Africa, we have a rather more pragmatic and realistic approach to such things.) Given that wolves really are an endangered species, we probably need more such people, and more such centers, to ensure that they survive.
One thing that tickled both our funnybones was their advertised Hallowe'en celebration. Here's their advertising poster. (Click it for a larger view.)
Yes, they fill pumpkins with raw meat and pass them out to the wolves! That's definitely one of the more original Hallowe'en celebrations I've come across . . . and a handy-dandy fund-raiser for them, too. Full marks for originality!
The Wolf Center is worth a visit, if you're in the area. Just watch that altitude!