her inspiring memoir, Sandra Lynch-Bakken describes her years as
a zookeeper at Heritage Zoo in Grand Island, Nebraska, where she
took care of the zoo's motley pack of gray wolves. She recounts
the emotional peaks and shattering depths of keeping wolves at a
peculiar moment in history for wolves in America.
wolves had recently been reintroduced into Yellowstone National
Park, and the country was torn. Are wolves bloodthirsty terrors
that needed to be destroyed? Or are they a natural, healthy part
of our collective ecosystem? Activists hoped that people would treat
their new neighbors fairly, although centuries of fear would prove
hard to overcome.
the zoo, Sandra's journey with Heritage Pack had its own challenges
and triumphs. Readers will meet ten unique, rambunctious wolves,
from quiet Shilo to intimidating Solo and regal Tina. Friendship,
love, and heartbreak are woven throughout this amazing story of
a pack of wolves and their keeper.
Sandra Lynch-Bakken has studied captive wolves for the past twenty
years. She grew up in Ontario, where much of her spare time was
spent photographing wildlife in Algonquin Park. In the early 1990s
she turned her lifelong passion into a career and became a wolf
keeper in Nebraska. She currently lives on Vancouver Island with
her husband Dale. They both work for the Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals, and Sandra is working on her second book.
this story has taken place, many of the wolves have been moved to
a new home, Wolf Haven International in Tenino, Washington. Visit
Wolf Haven's Web site to see how the wolves are doing today, www.wolfhaven.org.
pages, 2008, 7" x 10", paperbound