Dr. Jane Goodall & The U.S. Wolf Refuge

Dr. Jane Goodall

I first met Dr. Goodall back in November of 2008. She has been involved with the U.S. Wolf Refuge ever since. She is a world renown primatologist. But her life's work has now gone well beyond just saving endangered primates. Her mission today is to make the world a better place for all animals, humans and their environments.

Jane and Bill
Dr. Jane Goodall and Bill Chamberlain

My fight for wolves has been dramatically overshadowed by her fight for all the many environmental and social injustices that exist all over the world. Her involvement in the wolf controversy has been invaluable. She is well aware of the travesties being lodged against wolves all across the world and has spoken out against them many times. The injustices against wolves in the U.S. is worse than anywhere. This frustrates us both because of our inability to do much about it except to keep fighting. Our mutual mission is to get our government officials to recognize the verifiable science and to ignore the political pressures from wealthy and powerful special interests. If we could get our legislators to do this many of our problems would not exist.

Jane is 82 years old and has been a strong animal activist all her life. She started the Jane Goodall Institute (janegoodall.org). She now travels the world spreading her message to everyone from refugee camps in the middle east to leaders of the world's most powerful nations. She has been in over 200 countries. She travels over 300 days out of every year. She never gets to stay in any one place for more than a couple of weeks. She was bestowed the title of "The United Nations World Ambassador of Peace." She was given the "Citizen of the World" award. One of her close friends was Nelson Mandela. Since meeting her and getting to know her I compare her to people like Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi.

Dr. Goodal and the Wolf Refuge
Shellie Robertson, Bill Chamberlain, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Chris Mikulice

It is unreal for me to even be a part of her life but to be her friend is surreal. In the years that we have known each other Jane has been a true motivational force for me. The powerful forces that are opposed to correcting many of today's environmental/ecological problems often cause me to become disillusioned and frustrated. I often turn to Jane for the reassurance and inspiration to carry on. Our mutual mantra is "Don't Quit."

Much of Dr. Goodall's work involves an organization that is part of the Jane Goodall Institute (janegoodall.org) called Roots & Shoots (rootsandshoots.org). This is a global youth-led community action program comprised of thousands of young people in over 130 countries with over 150,000 members. For those who feel that today's youth is lacking in many areas, get involved with Roots & Shoots. It will show you that they are a wondrous group and they deserve all our efforts to give them a world better than the one of today. Merlin - Jane's grandson - has spent several weeks here at the U.S. Wolf Refuge doing tedious and arduous volunteer work. He lives in Tanzania, Africa and is truly a remarkable young man. He graduated high school at the top of his class, is a world-class soccer player and is quite worldly. His sister Angel has volunteered at another CA wildlife facility.

Dr. Jane Goodall Billboard

I was blessed when I first met her and her close assistant Mary Lewis. I consider them both to be dear friends and I think they feel the same about me. These are two of the most wonderful people on this planet. We met in San Francisco and together we attended an event at the Oakland Zoo where Jane was the featured speaker. We felt a special connection immediately which has galvanized us together in our fight against many of today's many environmental, ecological and social problems. For me sharing the successes and failures of this fight has brought us even closer together.

Dr. Goodall will be at the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in San Francisco this year. This will be held on October 14, 2017 at the Mission Bay Conference Center San Francisco, CA. The U.S. Wolf Refuge has attended this event for at least 7 years.

Pack Member of the Month



Arrow is one of my favorites here at the Refuge. His demeanor is quite shy and unassuming. He is now 7 years old and very dog-like in looks and behavior. I don't feel he has any wolf content at all. In the time he has been here he has gotten along with many of others he has been with. He likes things quiet and peaceful and rarely gets involved in the energetic play of those he shares his 1-acre enclosure with - Kasa, Cheyanne and Comanche. Though there have been a few times when he lets them know that he is no push-over. He is the smallest of them but he doesn't hesitate to tell any of them he is not pleased with something. He seems to really love most people. He enjoys being indoors as much as being outside and spending time with any of our low-content wolf-dogs. He seems to avoid the high-contents and pures. His closest pen-mate is Cheyanne. I often find them sleeping next to each other and eating together out of the same food bowl. Arrow is a real treasure for us here at the Refuge.

Letter From The Director

Welcome to 2017

In our 32 year history the U.S. Wolf Refuge has probably rescued close to 700 of these wonderful animals. Their lives were saved by our efforts. We intend for this to continue long into the future. But it can only be done with support from people like you. It is imperative that your support continues.

Despite all the horrific things that are being predicted for the upcoming year, we at the U.S. Wolf Refuge want to focus on all the positive opportunities that 2017 offers us. We are responsible for those who we have put in decision-making positions, so we must either support or oppose the decisions they make. Sitting on the sidelines and watching should not be an option.

2017 will be a year of progress. The 3-acre enclosure we have been working on for past months is close to being done. It is absolutely necessary that we get this done in the next 2 weeks. Please come up whenever you can and help - any day, anytime. There is a great deal of work that still needs to be done. Much of it is simple, tedious, repetitive work that requires no special skills but time.

Our plans to complete a huge Native American labyrinth and an education teepee will be finished in 2017. This will enable the USWR to conduct educational presentations in the beautiful setting of the canyon where the USWR is located. Along with these projects we are assembling the materials needed to construct a pavilion under which we can conduct staff meetings and have social gatherings. There are 2 specific locations where we want to build observation/photographic pergolas.

It's frustrating that we haven't found anyone who can determine the problem that is preventing our bulldozer from steering. We had spent several thousand dollars on heavy equipment mechanics to find the problem with no success. This bulldozer is needed to grade our ½-mile long driveway. At 6000' elevation we often get extreme winter weather which makes getting over the inclines of our driveway a real challenge.

Help us make 2017 our best year yet. Won't you please volunteer your time and resources in 2017. The wolves not only here at the Refuge but those in the wild need all of us. Help us make 2017 a better year for all of them.

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Upcoming Events

April 23rd 11am - 6pm - EARTH DAY

Idlewild Park - Reno NV

May 12 - 14, 2017 - Stanford PowWow

Stanford University, Palo Alto CA

Paws in the Park date yet to be set

San Rafael Park, Reno, NV

July 16th - 2016 10am - 5pm - ART PAWS

McKinley Arts & Cultural Center, Reno NV

WolfStock 2017 date to be set

Potenialist Workshop, Reno NV (may change)

October 14, 2017 10am - 6pm
Wildlife Conservation Network Expo

Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA

Speaking engagements available upon request

Happy New Year

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