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You can frolic with playful wolves near Vancouver at this unique sanctuary

Have a howlin' good time.
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Are you interested in taking a walk on the wild side?

The Predators of the Heart sanctuary in Washington offers visitors the chance to see an array of wildlife in an intimate environment. What's more, the compound is located on Fidalgo Island which is under a two hour drive from Vancouver.

Situated in Anacortes, the 10 acre sanctuary is home to towering old-growth forest as well as a number of exotic animals. Along with wolves, the compound is home to cougars, bobcats, lynx, hawks, owls, vultures, skunks, opossums, foxes, and a variety of exotic reptiles. The refuge also provides a home for unwanted exotic species who have been abandoned by their owners. As such, the company prides itself in educating the public about responsible animal ownership. 

The team notes that its goal is also to educate the youth about the wildlife, and to use an approach that leads to an appreciation, affection, compassion and respect for living creatures. Furthermore, they hope to underscore that an animal’s value is not determined by its similarity or services to humans. Of course, the facility also serves as a sanctuary for animals that cannot be reintroduced to the wild and need a safe and healthy environment to live out the remainder of their lives.

For those who are wild at heart, the sanctuary offers an exclusive two-hour encounter with two of its wolves. Visitors are invited to walk up-close-and-personal with wolf ambassadors Max and Kakoa on the 10 acre compound, leash-free. Photos are encouraged, and there is also a new photo area where guests can enjoy a rest and take snaps with the fluffy canines. The experience is booked through Airbnb and costs $200, and guests must be at least 18-years-old to partake in the howlin' fun. 


Happy wolf at our last wolf encounter. #wolf #greywolf #wildlife #conservation #predatorsoftheheart

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Just out for a stroll in my new enclosure. Salvador the giant anteater! #findthosebugs

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Just another day being a sloth. #slothlife #sloth #eatinggreen #animallovers #slothie

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Koko singing in the wind. #whatagoodwolf #singing #sometimesyoujustneedtohowl

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Predators of the Heart offers two tours daily Monday through Saturday and are closed on Sundays. Tours start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Find out more information about the experience here.