"WILD LOVE PRESERVE IS ABOUT US ALL, A REFLECTION OF OUR HUMANITY." -ANDREA MAKI
Founded in April 2010 by contemporary visual artist Andrea Maki, the focus of Wild Love Preserve has been in bringing people together in a new light to collectively develop and implement new working solutions which serve to benefit wild horses and the whole. Fluid communications, listening and patience are cornerstone to establishing common ground.
As result of a purposeful encounter combined with our nation's wild horse crisis, Andrea Maki's creation of Wild Love Preserve is intended as an interactive approach to protecting and preserving our iconic wild mustangs in their native habitat. Born in Seattle in 1966, Maki graduated from New York University on the Dean's List in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Painting. In 1989 she returned to the Northwest where she still resides. Her contemporary art career spans 28 years, exhibiting and in collections nationally, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Maki's work reflects our universal energy and her deep connection with the animal world. Her mixed media work and photographs have time and again acted as means to spread awareness in relation to saving our environment and wildlife since the early 80's. Her 2002 invitational travels to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with Tom and Sonya Campion, author Peter Matthiessen and a small group, resulted in her project, "Spirit of the Arctic/Spirit of One", to promote awareness and support for this sacred place as means of giving back. In 2005 she created "The Wild Horse Project", following her 1999 wild horse series, also to promote support and awareness.
Seven years and counting, Maki's focus has been in keeping her word with captured Challis wild mares she met from a 2009 roundup, a related wild red stallion and two small bands remaining wild on the range. Staying true to her word has organically evolved into a new, all-inclusive approach to humanely and responsibly addressing all facets of wild horse population on home turf, the WLP Land Trust and creation of the a permanently protected wild horse expanse in the heart of Idaho's wild horse country. WLP was instrumental in curtailing a proposed 2017 helicopter roundup to instead implement a hay bait trap gather because of collaborative work with the Challis wild horses since 2010 and continued fluid communications with the BLM and stakeholders. This bait trap gather is in conjunction with the fourth year of our annual Native PZP-1YR collaborative management program with WLP and the Challis BLM. Read more here: Challis Wild Horse Bait Trap Gather
Wild Love Preserve is a legacy project which speaks to our whole and reflects our humanity - past, present and future. Kindness, mutual respect, science and education are paramount. In addition to saving wild lives in a lasting manner, Wild Love Preserve has saved American taxpayers $7.5 million dollars since 2013 as result of our programs on and off the range. At a savings of $50,000 per lifetime for each wild horse adopted from the government system, the 2012-13 WLP Adoption Project alone, has saved taxpayers $6.5 million with our 130 rescued Challis, Idaho wild horses, while instrumental collaborative work on the range has saved over $1million federal dollars since 2014. With your help we will save more wild lives and taxpayer dollars in 2016. Enjoy WLP videos for wild lives we save and serve.
“I am a staunch advocate for integrity, kindness, compassion and action on behalf of our greater good. Animals have always been integral to my life and being, the health of the environment equally paramount. In 2010 I made a wild promise, which resulted in the formation of non-profit Wild Love Preserve. Little did I know at that time, the layered magnitude of this specific regional playing field for which I had just entered, and the array of stakeholders locked in opposition.
Wild Love Preserve has grown to a scale I did not originally anticipate, organically evolving into a new multi-dimensional management model simply by way of responding to the multitude of logistics unfolding at every turn. Challenges plentiful, perseverance and patience required.
WLP is about finding solutions and new ways of bringing people together. If you go in looking for a fight, you’re going to get a fight. If you approach with respect, kindness, patience and sincere interest in listening to differing perspectives, you can find common ground and open news doors to change. We can rise above drawn lines if we so choose.
Truth, sincerity, accountability, integrity, follow through and compassion are traits of my life, a reflection of the way in which I was raised, and qualities I personally prefer to see in terms of human co-existence. By design, this lasting project welcomes those who wish to make a lasting difference and believe positive change is always possible when we work together.” - Andrea Maki