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White Wilderness 2012: Carpathian Wolf Watch - new dates and prices

After two successful field seasons tracking and counting wolves in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia, and a commendation from National Geographic Adventure magazine, our partners the Slovak Wildlife Society have announced dates for White Wilderness 2012 and are looking for international volunteers to take part.

Fieldwork will be carried out over a three week period in January/February, when there is maximum chance of snow cover for tracking purposes and coinciding with the end of the hunting season to enable accurate assessment of wolf and lynx numbers. You can take part for one, two or all three weeks; full training, accommodation, food and local transport will be provided. The dates are:

Week 1: 21 January - 27 January 2012
Week 2: 28 January - 03 February 2012
Week 3: 04 February - 10 February 2012

Click here to find out more and book your place.

White Dog Fund launched at Wolf Awareness Week event

The White Dog Fund was officially launched at the weekend as part of International Wolf Awareness week at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, with Wolves and Humans director Richard Morley and Slovak Wildlife Society biologist Robin Rigg giving talks and practical demonstrations of livestock protection methods to invited guests, journalists, volunteers and members of the public. The White Dog Fund aims to provide people in rural areas of Europe who bear the real cost of co-existing with wolves, bears and lynx with prompt and practical assistance to resolve conflicts; a positive alternative to killing them. The Fund gives everyone, whether you live in a city or in the countryside, the opportunity to share responsibility for the conservation of these species by supporting the people most affected by their presence.

Thank you to everyone who helped out at the event, especially Jacqui Downes, Karen Cummings and Penny and Tony Whatley for bringing their 'white dogs', Hotline Electric Fencing of Newton Abbot, Devon for providing the fencing, and to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust for inviting us to join their celebration of Wolf Awareness Week.

Click here for photos from the event.

Please help us and mark Wolf Awareness Week by making a donation to the White Dog Fund. Click here for more information and secure online donations.

White Wilderness 2011

Our partners the Slovak Wildlife Society have announced dates for White Wilderness 2011 - Winter Wolf and Lynx Tracking in the Tatra Mountains. The White Wilderness project brings together international volunteers and local people, nature conservationists, foresters, landowners and hunters. Under the close supervision of experienced project staff, volunteers track wolves and lynx and collect samples for DNA analysis, which will help to more accurately determine numbers of these predators and how they should be conserved.

Click here to find out more and book your place on this exciting winter adventure.

UK Reintroductions Study Tour 2010

Following positive feedback from a study tour to Slovakia in 2009 to see wolf, bear and lynx habitat and learn about conflicts between large carnivores and people and the solutions being implemented there, and what lessons can be learnt for potential reintroduction of these species to Scotland, Wolves and Humans and the Slovak Wildlife Society are arranging another tour this summer.

Click here to find out more.

White Dog Fund launched

The Wolves and Humans Foundation and the Slovak Wildlife Society have launched the White Dog Fund, a new initiative to shift the financial burden of large carnivore presence away from individual livestock and property owners and towards the thousands of people who want to help ensure the continued existence of these evocative and charismatic predators in the wild forests and mountains of Slovakia and Europe.

Click here to find out more and make a donation to the Fund.

Wolves and Bustards in Rural Spain

The Sierra del Culebra in Zamora, northern Spain, has become known as one of the best places in Europe to see wild wolves. Now Wolves and Humans have joined forces with wildlife tour operator Naturetrek to offer the chance to visit the region in search of the Iberian wolf, and help the long-term conservation of wolves in Europe at the same time.

Naturetrek will make a donation to Wolves and Humans for every supporter booking on their Wolves and Bustards in Rural Spain tour. In the eight years Naturetrek have been running this tour, wild wolves have been seen on all but one visit!

The Spring tour is now fully booked, the next available tour takes place from 23rd-27th October 2009. For more details and to book your place, click here. Please mention Wolves and Humans when you book to ensure we receive a donation, and don't forget to email us to let us know you have booked.

Electric fencing to protect sheep and beehives

Wolves and Humans has provided financial support for the provision of electric fencing following incidents where sheep were killed by a predator and beehives were damaged by bears in the Liptov region of Slovakia. The fences were installed in accordance with recommended guidelines for anti-predator fencing by Robin Rigg of the Slovak Wildlife Society. Click here to find out more.

Conference write-up now available

In September, Wolves and Humans and our partner organisation the Slovak Wildlife Society participated in the 'Wild, Free and Coming Back?' event at Findhorn in Scotland. A write-up of the two day conference looking at reintroduction of native species including wolves and lynx, is now available on the Wildland Network website - click here for more.

Wild, free and coming back?

Wolves and Humans will be participating in a two-day conference hosted by The Wildland Network and Trees for Life near Inverness this September. The conference will examine what is required for the reintroduction of key species to Scotland and the British Isles, including wolves and other predators, beavers and wild boar. Click here for more details and how to book.

New wolf website aims to promote understanding

Wolf Side, a new website by wildlife photographer Angelo Gandolfi, is intended an informational tool to help people understand that the species can live together with us in many of its natural former habitats in Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, and particularly in the Alpine range. the site contains many stunning photographs of wolves and their habitat, as well as stories and information.

Appeal: help build a new enclosure for rescued wolves

In 2006, Wolves and Humans joined the Born Free Foundation, Slovak Wildlife Society and Arcturos in the rescue of two four year old wolves kept in inadequate captive conditions in a village in Slovakia. Now we need your help to build a new, even larger enclosure for them at the Arcturos wolf sanctuary in Greece. Click here to find out more and to make a donation.

Read the full story of the rescue here.

Wolves and Humans call for 'serious debate' on wolf reintroduction

Wolves and Humans is featured on the BBC Scotland website, with director Richard Morley questioned about the prospects for reintroduction of wolves in the Highlands - read the article here.

Top conservation experts visit our project in Slovakia

In February 2008, Wolves and Humans co-ordinated a visit to Slovakia by a group of prominent conservationists, including Paul Lister, owner of the Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the Scottish Highlands; David Macdonald, director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University and chairman of the IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group, and Toby Aykroyd, vice-chairman of the Wilderness Foundation and co-ordinator of the Wild Europe initiative. 

Hosted by Robin Rigg and Svetlana Bet’kova, of our partner organisation the Slovak Wildlife Society (SWS), the group tracked wolves and bears in the Western Tatra Mountains, and were shown the results of SWS’s conservation activities in the region, including a bear-proof bin recently installed at a restaurant previously visited by hungry bears.  Robin Rigg gave a presentation outlining a proposed new research project on bears, and there was much useful discussion and exchange of ideas, which we hope will lead to future co-operation.

New book explores attitudes to predators in the UK

'Tooth & Claw - living alongside Britain's predators', by photographers Peter Cairns and Mark Hamblin, is a unique photo-documentary of our often extreme attitudes to the predators that inhabit our countryside, and our changing relationship with nature. The book is part of the ground-breaking Tooth & Claw education and communication project, conceived by the authors.

Signed copies can be ordered from at a discounted price.

Interim report on wolf census in Slovakia published

The interim report on the joint Wolves and Humans/Slovak Wildlife Society wolf census project is now available to download - click here.

New European Commission Report on Co-existence with Large Carnivores

The latest issue of the Natura 2000 newsletter, published by the European Commission, focuses on conservation through coexistence with Europe's large carnivores, examining the challenges of protection and conservation, and how we can learn to live with large carnivores. Click here to download the pdf file.



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