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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!

Storytime with Wolves - (When my WOLVES book came out in late 2008, I showed it to the experts at The Chestatee Wildlife Preserve.)

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!

photo by Alison Womack
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve

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!

Rio, left, 1 year, 5 months; Luna, right, 3 years, 5 months - September 2011
Luna and Rio - May 2011
Rio, age 1, Luna, age 3 - May 2011
Robyn and Rio - Feb. 2011; 10 months
Rio - Nov. 2010; 7 months - walking and chilling in new digs
Late Oct. 2010 - Rio at six months
Luna showing her dominant side with Juno - Oct. 2010, 2 1/2 years old
photo by Alison Womack"Sit, Rio." Sept. 2010, 4+ months
Early September - water break (4 months)
photos by Skyla ThomasRio at four months, late August, 2010. Pups grow fast!
photos© Robyn Hood Black

Skyla Thomas of the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve has her hands full!

Mmmm.... cheese is good! Rio, August 2010, three months. photo by Judy Bradberry
Robyn and Skyla with Rio, three months - July 2010
Rio with Skyla Thomas, Chestatee Wildlife Volunteer Staff. See the tortoise in the background?
Cute Brute! Rio at three months - July 2010
photo by Morgan Black How do you like a harness? No so much?

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!

April 2010 - photos© Robyn Hood Black

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.

Luna greets Skyla Thomas, Chestatee Wildlife Preserve April 2010 - 2 years old
photos© Robyn Hood BlackLuna and Juno, 23 months - March 2010
March 2010 - 23 months Luna caches (buries) her cheese for later; Juno eats hers right now, thank you

Now, Scroll down to watch them grow up!

Say "cheese"! © Robyn Hood Black

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.

© Robyn Hood BlackJuno and Luna in June 2008 (two months)
...and in July 2008, giving me kisses after I helped give them a bath! (three months)

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

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(five months - September 2008)
photo by Laila Quigley Juno at six months - October 2008
© Robyn Hood BlackLuna at six months - October 2008
photo by Alison WomackJuno and Luna Nov. 2008 - seven months old
© Robyn Hood BlackWhat, Juno? We're eight months old?(Dec. 2008)

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

What big teeth!
photo by Robyn Hood Black
Luna - 11 months (March 2009)
photo by Robyn Hood Black
Juno - 11 months
April 2009
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Juno and Luna quietly celebrating their first birthday, April 2009
photo by Skyla Thomaswith Juno and Luna at 13-and-a-half months (May 2009)
© Robyn Hood BlackLuna and Juno covering ground at 16 months - August 2009
© Robyn Hood BlackSept. 2009 - Chilling Out at 17 months
© Robyn Hood BlackLet the Games Begin...Oct. 2009
© Robyn Hood BlackTussling at almost 18 months - Oct. 2009
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Here are some better pictures - Dec. 2009, Juno (left) and Luna (right), 19-and-a-half months
'Tis the season... for play battles
Luna's up
Now she's down
Side by Side - Dec. 2009, 19 1/2 months
Juno and Luna, January 2010 - 21 months
Skyla Thomas of the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve high-fives with Juno, January 2010
photo by Skyla ThomasRobyn and Luna, January 2010 - 21 months
Luna has Juno by the tail - Feb. 2010 - 22 months
And Juno almost has Luna by the nose... Feb. 2010
photos by Robyn Hood Black

Winter means brushing for thick, winter coats. Here, Juno enjoys the attention from CWP's Skyla Thomas. (Feb. 2010 - 22 months)

Luna full throttle - Feb. 2010 - 22 months
Early morning or late at night? Robyn in the midst of writing WOLVES....

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