Founder

ESTB 2010

“If you go in looking for a fight, you’re going to get a fight. My interest is in engaging in discussions that lead to solutions through listening and mutual respect. Wild Love Preserve is an accountability project and a humanity project. We work with the Bureau of Land Management, cattle ranchers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, wild horse advocates, youth employment groups. and regional communities, offering a mutually viable solution to helicopter roundups and removals. In doing so, we have also saved taxpayers over $7.5 million dollars since 2013 with our programs. My role over the years, has, in many ways, been that of a moderator. Since 2010, Wild Love Preserve has been fully engaged in collaborative population management, accountability, and pro-active programs that involve all stakeholders and address the health and balance of the range and this unique indigenous ecosystem as an interconnected and balanced whole. While differing opinions are a given, mutual respect in negotiations and dealings are integral in establishing common ground. We do not implement tools of litigation, instead, we work face-to-face with all stakeholders, finding compromise between differing perspectives through fluid communications in real-time.” -Andrea Maki, Founder

Wild Love: Our Path Since 2010

A Note From Andrea Maki, Wild Love Founder

In 2010 when I founded Wild Love Preserve, folks told me it would not be possible to bring stakeholders together in a new light, one told me to stop reinventing the wheel, another even attempted to shut me down, however I stayed true to my beliefs and spearheaded collaborative efforts with the Idaho BLM and stakeholders. Wild Love Preserve is a unique legacy project that includes our innovative wild horse conservation program, conflict resolution, education platform, comprehensive range health fixed on sustainability, and the creation of our wildlife preserve in the heart of Idaho's wild horse country, which will serve as permanent home to our current 136 Challis-Idaho wild horses and future Idaho wild horses not otherwise adopted. Kindness, mutual respect, accountability, science, and education drive Wild Love's mission to protect and preserve western wild horses in their native habitats and nurture the legacy of respective indigenous ecosystems as an interconnected whole by bridging divides, and our conservation efforts have turned Challis-Idaho wild horses into an asset for the community, region, and state.
For Wild Love Preserve, wild horses lead our way in protecting the whole, meaning all indigenous wildlife and habit. We’re not a fenced wild horse sanctuary, but rather a two-part wildlife preserve engaging public and private lands to address all facets of regional wild horse populations on native turf and in balance with all indigenous wildlife, and livestock where applicable. This is how we save wild lives and wild places, nurture balanced ecosystems and bring stakeholders to the table to encourage collaborative management. After creating Wild Love Preserve, my role has often been that of a mediator and negotiator, bringing together folks previously locked in opposition to work in concert, hence, we work with the BLM, cattle ranchers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, wild horse advocates, youth employment groups, regional communities, and others. Because of Wild Love's due-diligence, collaborative, and pro-active efforts over since 2010 with the Challis-Idaho BLM, there has not been a helicopter roundup of the Challis Herd since October 2012, and our programs have saved American taxpayers well over $7.5 million dollars in a few short years following 2013 as result of our Adoption Project and our collaborative Native PZP-1Year population management program Viewed as a paradigm project by stakeholders from all sides, we’ve pioneered an all-inclusive model in wild horse conservation which has garnered national attention for years and is serving as a framework for other western states.
By way of boots-on-the-ground action, Wild Love has successfully demonstrated, that coexistence, humane treatment, sustainable management, protecting wild lives and indigenous habitats, and saving tax dollars, work together with our multi-faceted model. 2019 marks the sixth year of our humane and collaborative Native PZP fertility management program which has proven successful in slowing population growth with free-roaming wild horses on the Challis HMA darting with the BLM on the range, and with Wild Love’s adopted wild horses. By design, Wild Love’s adopted Idaho wild horses also serve as our control herd because management on our private preserve mirrors our collaborative work on public lands. Native PZP has enabled us to keep our numbers at roughly 136 over the last six years, and we’ve witnessed firsthand that it does not result in adverse behavioral issues, does not impact band or herd dynamics, has not altered the natural breeding season, does not negatively impact the fetus or cause birth defects if a pregnant wild mare is darted, and we have healthy babies born to our wild mares ensuring genetic viability.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our work is made possible by donations, grants, in-kind sevices, and sponsors. Conservation-minded individuals and foundations such as Stone Gossard and Pearl Jam Vitalogy Foundation, Duff McKagan, the Raymond James Endowment Fund, The Earth and Humanity Foundation, The Science and Conservation Center, ASPCA, Summerlee Foundation, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have been instrumental in supporting our work over the last nine years, and by design, our advisory council represents stakeholders from all sides.

Watch Wild Love’s narrated video Short: Wild Love Story

This Week In Montana

This week we're in Montana for The Science and Conservation Center Conference in Billings. Back in August of 2012, Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. and The Science and Conservation Center hosted an international wildlife fertility conference in Jackson Hole. While I have many treasured memories of Jay and our conversations, a favorite was when he "strongly suggested" I attend this 2012 conference because there would be good people for me to meet, and to share the work I was doing in Idaho with Wild Love Preserve. I said yes, but when I found it an uphill challenge to raise the necessary funding for travel expenses and accommodations, I had to finally call Jay to let him know it didn't look good. His response was classic, "Well, Andrea, I will understand, but I will be very, very disappointed if you don't make it." To that I replied, "Okay, I'll get it figured out." Thanks to a grant from Pearl Jam Vitalogy Foundation I was able to attend, and of course, Jay was right, I did meet many interesting people, and a few that have become trusted friends.
This time around I've been invited to give a presentation about the work of Wild Love Preserve at The Science and Conservation Center Conference, and while Jay Kirkpatrick has walked on, and will be deeply missed, without doubt he will be ever-present. Excerpts from the outline of this talk are below.
The focus of Wild Love Preserve’s wild horse project in bringing all stakeholders together to work collaboratively with the Challis and Idaho BLM, is unique and imaginative and potentially opens the door to an entirely new paradigm for managing western wild horses. This model may change a great deal and we here at The Science and Conservation Center are excited about partnering with WLP in this effort. -Jay F. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., 2013

Wild Love Preserve + Stakeholders

Andrea Maki will talk about the work of Wild Love Preserve and pioneering a multi-faceted model in wild horse conservation on home turf through conflict resolution and in conjunction with Native PZP as an integral tool.
"Our core tenet has been the belief that to solve the man-made wild horse crisis we must solve this human relations crisis, and that solutions exist by way of collaboration and creating vested interests that turn regional wild horses into assets for local communities and states. Our inclusive approach has brought together the BLM, cattle ranchers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, wild horse advocates, youth employment groups, and community to create a viable and supported solution to existing BLM helicopter roundups and removals of wild horses from public lands to out-of-state longterm holding facilities, and other end-results.”
“2019 marks the sixth year of our humane and collaborative Native PZP fertility management program which has proven successful in slowing population growth with free-roaming wild horses on the Challis HMA darting with the BLM on the range, and with Wild Love’s adopted wild horses. By design, Wild Love’s adopted Idaho wild horses also serve as our control herd because management on our private preserve mirrors our collaborative work on public lands. Native PZP has enabled us to keep our numbers at roughly 136 over the last six years, and we’ve witnessed firsthand that it does not result in adverse behavioral issues, does not impact band or herd dynamics, has not altered the natural breeding season, does not negatively impact the fetus or cause birth defects if a pregnant wild mare is darted, and we have healthy babies born to our wild mares ensuring genetic viability."

Read full description of this Talk here: bit.ly/scc-conference2019

#TBT 2011

WILD LOVE - To Protect and Preserve™

"Wild Love Preserve is not but a mere project of passion. Wild Love is dedicated to the greater good of our wild planet, now and for future generations - centering on humanity, sustainability, two-legged accountability and our responsibility to the whole. -Andrea Maki, 2010
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“Humans must learn from the past, not continue to repeat our deadly, disastrous mistakes. It is our responsibility to protect and care for, not continue to destroy out of fear, greed and chosen ignorance. To respect and act with understanding and compassion. Humans are not superior to all else. We do not sit atop a pyramid of life holding court, here to simply do as "we" see fit to fill our self serving needs and excesses. The magic of life lies within a sacred circle and two-leggeds are but a mere part of the "whole" - within that "whole" lies a very delicate balance which must be honored and respected." - Andrea Maki, 2003

The Science and Conservation Center Conference

The PZP Immunocontraception Conference hosted by The Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Montana, brings together representatives from various fields who work on controlling wildlife populations with PZP Immunocontraception, August 7-9, 2019
Founder Andrea Maki will talk about the work of Wild Love Preserve and creating a multi-faceted model in wild horse conservation on home turf through conflict resolution and in conjunction with Native PZP as an integral tool.
“The focus of Wild Love Preserve’s wild horse project in bringing all stakeholders together to work collaboratively with the Challis and Idaho BLM, is unique and imaginative and potentially opens the door to an entirely new paradigm for managing western wild horses. This model may change a great deal and we here at The Science and Conservation Center are excited about partnering with WLP in this effort.” - Jay F. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Aug 2013
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The Balancing Act of The Challis Wild Horses

From May 24, 2016 - Watch The Balancing Act Of The Challis Wild Horses, KPVI NBC News Idaho.

“To see them be able to be who they are, with no strings attached, I just find that it’s really, really important. And they are so happy being who they are, and we are able to set a precedent of creating a wild expanse right here at home.” -Andrea Maki

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May 24, 2016,   The Balancing Act Of The Challis Wild Horses  , KPVI NBC News Idaho.

May 24, 2016, The Balancing Act Of The Challis Wild Horses, KPVI NBC News Idaho.

#TBT to 2016 : Unity Wins

Throwback Tuesday to 2016, and more relevant with each passing day.

“Regarding the present landscape, I have received many messages expressing extreme fear and concern for the future of our public lands and wild horses. No matter the side you stand, the present and future are on us and we must all be fully engaged. In this moment we must galvanize in the name of our oneness, love, kindness, and respect for all living beings. This is what we teach our children. We stand against darkness, hatred, and fear. We mustn't give away our energy and take any bait that pulls us off course. We do not concede to these lowest frequencies of being, this is not our true humanity. We must rise together on behalf of our collective well-being. We must assure our children of our deep roots in truth, strength, and unity. We must act our love, more than ever before, show our children that we do not buy into division, xenophobia, lies, disrespect, misogyny or vindictiveness. This present outcome does not dim our lights, this requires us to shine even brighter than before. This is the wall we will build by standing together and not allowing darkness to take root and grow. We see clearly what we are not, and what we will not allow ourselves to become. We're the same, we are together. We are compassion, love, and unity, not fear and anger. Darkness has not won because we will not sit idly by and allow such a thing to happen. Complacency has no home here, only constructive action, strength, and wherewithal. All must walk their talk, not sit on the sidelines. We outshine as one, for our greatest strength is in working together on behalf of our greater good. Love is action.”

- Andrea Maki, November 2016

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Wild Love + Wild Wilds

Wild Love Preserve’s multi-faceted approach to wild horse conservation on native turf began in 2010. Following the 2012 Challis-Idaho BLM helicopter roundup, our WLP-BLM collaborative Native PZP 1YR pilot program took root with two bands of Challis wild horses the Idaho BLM agreed to leave untouched, and in years following expanded to address the whole of the Challis HMA.
2019 marks the sixth year of our humane and collaborative Native PZP fertility management program which has proven successful in slowing population growth with free-roaming wild horses on the Challis HMA darting with the BLM on the range, and with Wild Love’s adopted wild horses. By design, Wild Love’s adopted Idaho wild horses also serve as our control herd because management on our private preserve mirrors our collaborative work on public lands. Native PZP has enabled us to keep our numbers at roughly 136 over the last six years, and we’ve witnessed firsthand that it does not result in adverse behavioral issues, does not impact band or herd dynamics, has not altered the natural breeding season, does not negatively impact the fetus or cause birth defects if a pregnant wild mare is darted, and we have healthy babies born to our wild mares ensuring genetic viability.

Learn more about Wild Love’s boots-on-the-ground implementation over the last nine years:

Wild Love + Wild Wilds

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Idaho Gives - Happening Now!

Idaho Gives + 24 Hrs of Giving Starts Now!

IDAHO GIVES  kicks off now + you can participate from wherever you are on planet Earth! Please join us for this special 24 hours of giving to support the preservation of Idaho’s wild horses on native turf + respective wild places as an interconnected whole. Visit our campaign page here: 

IDAHO GIVES

Donations + sponsorships of all kinds, including check by mail + wire transfers, count towards our fundraising efforts. So, in addition to donating directly on our Idaho Gives page, here are more options: 

6 Ways To Support Wild Love

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BIG LOVE + BIG THANKS FOR YOUR KINDNESS + SUPPORT!

Andrea Maki + Team Wild Love

Flashback Friday to May 2014

#FlashbackFriday to days gone by.... Here’s this feature story Karole Honas did about Wild Love Preserve for Ch8 News back in May 2014 when we still had our wild guys and gals separate as per BLM requirements. That August we finally were able to turn them out together to our leased 400-acres thanks to a generous donation from The Earth and Humanity Foundation.
“Andrea Maki, an artist from the state of Washington, has done the impossible. She has gotten the Bureau of Land Management, the community of Challis and Custer County, the area cattle ranchers and environmentalists to work together with WLP. If this model for mustang management works, it could save the wild mustangs, the environment they live in and bring new money to the tiny town of Challis…. and finally be a solution for wild horse management across the West.” — Karole Honas, Ch8/ABC Nightly News, Idaho Falls, May 2014
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Earth Day 2019

Today we celebrate Earth Day, and every day we do the work. I am sharing this relevant message from the time of the inception of Wild Love, which is an extension of my artwork in the studio.
"I am all the forces with which I come in contact. I am the wind and the rain. The stars, the light, the in between. The waves, the trees, the animals and winged ones. The thundering hooves. We are one. Resonate with One. May your days be filled with good energy and the joy of new and deeper truths and discoveries. May eyes, hearts and arms open to the reality of the family we are: reflections of one another. One, simply in different packages - whether you or I, he or she, the animals, birds or trees, the water, the wind.
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May the wild, stay wild. The free, roam free. May the thrill of Universal oneness fill all with compassion and understanding, rising above all drawn lines. May all humans, the two-legged ones, come to fully understand that we are but a mere part of the whole, and that within that whole lies a very delicate balance, which must be respected, now and forever, for all generations to come.
As humans we have a responsibility, and we have a choice. To walk this earth must not be taken for granted. It is our responsibility to protect and care for the land. To respect the earth and all its’ inhabitants, acting with conscience and awareness. One does not harm that which one respects, for it is understood one only harms oneself in the process, and in turn impacts the whole.
Life requires our participation, to fully engage. Wild Love Preserve is about all of us, as a whole, a reflection of our humanity. Wild Love chooses to be that which we wish to see in our mirror: love, respect, compassion, understanding, tolerance, and the appreciation of lessons learned versus mistakes repeated. Wild Love believes in our better selves. We are stronger together and can achieve more by opening doors and walking in versus turning our backs. At times it may seem easier to turn a blind eye, however that comes with consequence. We are all in this life, this conscious state, together, so together let's be.”

- Andrea Maki, Founder, 2010

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An Honor For Wild Love This Earth Day

Wild Love Preserve is thrilled to announce an extraordinary honor this Earth Day. Denis Hayes, the Founder of Earth Day, and President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, has selected Wild Love Preserve to be featured in his Earth Day 2019 Profile Fund of well-respected nonprofits to support. Denis Hayes, like Stone Gossard and Pearl Jam Vitalogy Foundation, recognize the way in which native wild horses lead our way to protecting indigenous ecosystems as an interconnected whole, and our appreciation is truly beyond measure.

Visit the Denis Hayes Portfolio Fund here: bit.ly/EarthDayGV

“This is not but a mere fenced wild horse sanctuary. The objective of Wild Love Preserve is the protection and preservation of native ecosystems as an interconnected and balanced whole. Great beauty and benefit lie in the fact, indigenous wild horses offer such a unique opportunity to achieve this intent by walking new paths together.” -Andrea Maki, Founder + President
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Repost of "Not A Fan Or An Apologist"

As result of recent communications I am reposting “Not A Fan Or An Apologist” from January 4, 2018 which addresses a March 2017 inquiry. -AM
Numerous conversations have followed the Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting from October 2017 in Grand Junction, Colorado. This nine-seat volunteer advisory board is to represent all stakeholders and provides their recommendations in regards to the BLM's methods of management of America's wild horses under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
Recently I was asked again why the Advisory Board was apparently quick to dismiss discussion of Wild Love Preserve's model in addressing all facets of regional wild horse population on home turf. I cannot speak for board members, nor was I able to be in attendance for the October meeting, however, I thought to share my March 2017 response to the Advisory Board, when I was questioned as being an apologist, or fan, of one stakeholder over another.
"I’m not a fan or an apologist of anyone, that is antithetical to the mission of Wild Love Preserve, our all-inclusive approach to nurturing indigenous ecosystems as a balanced whole, and responsibly managing regional wild horse populations on native turf with community engagement and benefit. I don’t find the blame game to be an effective path to opening lines of communication between differing stakeholders. My interest is in engaging in discussions that lead to solutions through listening and mutual respect. This is an accountability project and a humanity project. Wild Love Preserve works with the Bureau of Land Management, cattle ranchers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, wild horse advocates, youth employment groups and regional communities, offering a mutually viable solution to helicopter roundups and removals. My role over the years, has, in many ways, been that of a moderator. Since 2010, Wild Love Preserve has been fully engaged in collaborative population management, accountability and pro-active programs that involve all stakeholders and address the health and balance of the range and this unique indigenous ecosystem as an interconnected and balanced whole. While differing opinions are a given, mutual respect in negotiations and dealings are integral in establishing common ground. We do not implement tools of litigation, instead, we work face-to-face with all stakeholders, finding compromise between differing perspectives through fluid communications in real-time."  -Andrea Maki, March 2017
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See WLP focal points below. Learn more about our collaborative range-work at Wild Wilds.

• Success requires fluid co-existence between stakeholders, vested interest by the region, community engagement and benefit.

• Humane, fiscally responsible, sustainable population management, Native PZP-1YR.

• Nurture the legacy of western wild horses in conjunction with all indigenous wildlife species within this unique ecosystem on our public lands.

• Fluid co-existence with livestock where applicable.

• Support a healthy, genetically viable native herd and ecosystem, in a lasting manner for future generations to equally experience, nurture, treasure.

Learn more about the mission of Wild Love Preserve.

 

BLM SETS HEARING ON USE OF HELICOPTERS, CHALLIS HERD

IDAHO BLM SETS HEARING ON USE OF HELICOPTERS, MOTORIZED VEHICLES FOR WILD HORSE MANAGEMENT, CHALLIS HERD

Friends,

For the last nine years Wild Love Preserve has worked to protect and humanely manage the Challis wild horses collaboratively with the Challis-Idaho BLM and stakeholders, so we are sharing this information if you would like to comment.
As it relates to the Challis Herd Management Area, the Idaho Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is conducting its annual public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in the monitoring and management of wild horses on public lands on April 18, from 3-5 p.m. at the Marsing American Legion Community Hall, 126 S. Second Ave., Marsing, ID.
The BLM plans to use helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and other motorized vehicles to estimate population numbers for wild horse herds throughout Idaho. The hearing will also consider the use of motorized vehicles to transport gathered wild horses and to conduct field monitoring activities.
Comments submitted to BLM must include your address, phone number, email, or other personal identifying information in your comment. Please be aware your entire comment–including your personal identifying information–may be made publicly available at any time. While you may request we withhold your personal information from public view, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so.
To make oral or written statements to present at the hearing, contact the wild horse and burro specialist for the Boise District at (208) 384-3300, the wild horse and burro specialist for the Challis Field Office at (208) 879-6200, or the wild horse and burro specialist for the Jarbidge Field Office at (208) 736-2060.
Background: Watch KPVI news feature from 2016 about Wild Love Preserve’s pro-active collaborative work with the Challis BLM: The Balancing Act of the Challis Wild Horses

For the last 9 years Wild Love Preserve has worked to protect and humanely manage the Challis wild horses. Thank you in advance for sharing comments in support of Wild Love Preserve’s collaborative work on the Challis HMA and our population management program implementing Native PZP-1YR, which commenced following the 2012 Challis BLM Helicopter Roundup, as a humane and responsible solution to wild horse management on public lands, versus helicopter roundups and removals at taxpayer expense. Wild Love Preserve's wild horse conservation programs, on and off the range, have saved taxpayers over $7.5 million dollars since 2013. Watch Wild Love Preserve's narrated video story.

In 2012 Wild Love Preserve received grants from the ASPCA and the Vitalogy Foundation for five WLP volunteers to train at the Science and Conservation Center and receive EPA required certification to remotely deliver Native PZP-1YR in the field. In 2016, WLP founder, Andrea Maki, orchestrated and helped in teaching The Science and Conservation Center’s PZP training course for Idaho BLM employees from Idaho’s six Herd Management Areas, along with WLP partners at the Youth Employment Program of Idaho.

For information about Wild Love Preserve’s work on the Challis HMA, and all 6 herd management areas in Idaho, which includes explanation of Native PZP-1YR, visit: Wild Wilds
Some Talking Points for the BLM:

1) Allocate more resources to fund and implement Wild Love Preserve's 5-year cooperative agreement with the BLM, which engages stakeholders, youth programs, and benefits the community.

2) Wild Love Preserve has demonstrated, via our programs and boots-on-the-ground implementation, that coexistence, humane treatment and sustainable management, protecting wild lives and indigenous habitats, and saving tax dollars, all work together within our multi-faceted model. WLP programs have saved American taxpayers over $7.5 million dollars since 2013.

3) Wild Love Preserve's inclusive conservation efforts offer a viable option to government helicopter roundups and removals, integrating total range health, collective harmony, balanced co-existence with indigenous wildlife, and livestock where applicable. The Native PZP-1YR fertility vaccine, which has proven safe and effective for over 25 years, is a key component of our multi-faceted conservation program. Educating stakeholders and the public to alternative options in collectively managing wild horse populations on native turf, by way of demonstration and implementation, serves to benefit other wild horse regions in western states, stakeholders, surrounding communities, and taxpayers.

4) Implement bait trap gather with hay, water or mineral blocks, in conjunction with PZP fertility program.

Thank you for your kindness, time, and support, and for being considerate in your comments to the Idaho BLM.
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9 Years Ago Today

Nine years ago today in Idaho, things changed. It is in this exact moment, which I caught on film back on April 1, 2010, that I made a promise to 21 adopted Challis wild mares from the 2009 roundup, that I would do what I could, if anything, to help them find their way back to their home turf, albeit under new circumstances. I figured it would be a couple weeks or maybe a month of my time, and it offered me a little distraction from hospitals with my mom’s health situation. Never could I have imagined it would lead to Wild Love Preserve, and more so, that our mass adoption of all the 2012 Challis wild horses made available by the Idaho BLM on Jan 13, 2013 would happen only a few days following my mom’s crossing. Alas, my mom wasn’t about to miss the events and was sure to make her presence known and help things run smoothly. Over the last nine years we’ve saved hundreds of Idaho wild horses on their home turf and helped others in other parts of the country. Indeed, it’s wild love.

-Andrea Maki, Founder

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Wild Love Feature Story

Spring has arrived and we’re sharing the March-April 2019 issue of Pet Connection Magazine featuring a story about Wild Love Preserve and our work in saving Idaho's wild horses on their native turf by bringing stakeholders together to work collaboratively on behalf of our collective whole. This greater Seattle area publication is available online + in print. To read “Hope and Heroism For America’s Wild Horses,” click here: bit.ly/pet-connect-mag-wild-love

For a downloadable PDF version of Pet Connection Magazine, visit:
 bit.ly/pet-connect-wild-love

Together, we keep the wild, wild.

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