While researching my book, I had the great good fortune to meet the wolves and staff at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega, Ga. For several years, I volunteered with wolves there, helping to socialize the pups. I'll always treasure that experience. Scroll down for some fun photos of those years!
From a mom in Minnesota:
My 10-year-old son just LOVES it. I had to pull him away from it to get him to school one morning. The illustrations are beautiful and he just loves the interactive portions, along with the pop-out wolf head!
The Intervisual animal vault series, including WOLVES, was discontinued. The publisher is open to reprinting in very high quantities, however.... My remaining copies I will reserve for media centers for schools which host an author visit. Sometimes you can find the book online at a reasonable price - be sure to look for "new" or "like new" copies. NOTE: I'M STILL HAPPY TO INCORPORATE WOLF EDUCATION INTO SCHOOL VISITS WHEN DISCUSSING NONFICTION.Fun note: In 2010, WOLVES was translated into Portuguese and published by Ciranda Cultural - as LOBOS!
This male gray wolf pup below, born in April 2010, came to the Preserve in July 2010. I had the great honor of naming him - Rio!
Skyla Thomas of the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve has her hands full!
Robyn began volunteering at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve with two gray wolves, Juno and Luna, when they were little pups in the spring of 2008. Luna is still at the preserve. Here are a few pictures of them as adults. Then scroll down to watch them grow up!
Happy Second Birthday, Juno and Luna!
Here, Juno is trying to work out the challenges of frosting from a small piece of birthday cake, while Luna gets a little help from the ground. Later, Juno rolled in the crumbs Luna left.
Now, Scroll down to watch them grow up!
Juno and Luna, four weeks old in this picture, were born at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega, Ga., in April 2008.
Scroll down (& keep scrolling...) to see how quickly wolf pups grow.
In August 2008 - Luna and Juno are turning four months old and turning into gorgeous young wolves.
© Robyn Hood Black
Luna: Got me a prize stick.
Juno: I think you should share with me.
© Robyn Hood Black
Feb. 2009 - 10 months old
Here are some pictures of Juno and Luna playing - but even in play, wolves are always about dominance hierarchy. The mock fights go something like this:
hunker down, chase, leap, catch, spin, pin, repeat.
photos © Robyn Hood Black
Winter means brushing for thick, winter coats. Here, Juno enjoys the attention from CWP's Skyla Thomas. (Feb. 2010 - 22 months)
"4 Kids 2 Do" and "Press Kit" pages.