WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?
Typically, volunteers are asked to be available during the hours and days when tours are conducted, Wednesday thru Sunday; from about 9 AM til 5 PM. Volunteers may stay on-site or arrive earlier and depart later, if need be. The primary function of most volunteers would be general maintanence of the grounds and animal enclosures, prepping food for the animals, and sanitizing and clean-up of animal enclosures. All work done with the animals on-site is conducted under close direct supervision from one of the live-in staff.
HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?
Minimum stay can be as little as one day or as long as a week (longer stays are subject to approval of the Director.).
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, IF ANY, DO I REQUIRE?
Age 18 and 5 feet tall (for enclosure related work with the animals) and a working knowledge of wolves and other canids is helpful, but not essential. Knowledge and adherence to safety procedures is most important.
WILL I NEED TO KNOW ANOTHER LANGUAGE?
English is the prevalent language. None of the live-in staff nor the Director speaks any other language although the Director may speak a little Lakota occasionally.
HOW DO I GET TO WOLF MOUNTAIN?
Ontario Airport, in Ontario California, is the largest nearby airport, about 80 miles from WMS. Freeways, highways and roads are good enough for standard vehicles. Overland by car from any airport is not terribly arduous.
ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED TO VOLUNTEER AT WOLF MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY?
If volunteers are only coming on a day-to-day basis, there is no cost and at least 1 meal is provided.
WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT TO BE AVAILABLE TO ME?
For volunteers who are staying for a few days, the cost is $50 to $75 U.S. dollars per night, but accommodations are first come, first serve, as there are not a lot of spare rooms/caravans at WMS. Local accommodations costs may vary, depending on where you stay. There are a couple of local hotels, and more accommodations options nearer to the suburban areas like Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville. The closest of these town is about 20 miles. Lucerne Valley (5 miles) has limited accommodations.
WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE THERE?
There are a variety of sub-species of North American Timber and Gray wolves. A total of 12 wolves currently reside at WMS.
WHAT ATTRACTIONS CAN I EXPERIENCE DURING FREE-TIME?
There are a few attractions in the local area, but further towards the metropolitan areas are internationally known attractions, such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm (both are about 100 miles away), as well as mountains, beaches and numerous other places of interest. WMS is also about 120 miles from the Downtown Los Angeles area and just slightly further to Hollywood and related areas. San Diego is about 120 miles SSW.
Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, founded in 1980 by Tonya Littlewolf, is an eco-educational facility located in Lucerne Valley CA, on the backside of Big Bear Mountain. The purpose of WMS is to educate people about wolves, how they live, their behaviors, and about various conservation efforts to protect wolves in the wild. This is the only facility where people can actually meet a real wolf face to face, an experience that people find both exciting and spiritual.
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