“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 unique opportunity to achieve this intent by walking new paths together.” -Andrea Maki, Founder + President


Wild Love Preserve engages public and private lands to address all facets of regional wild horse conservation on home turf, from collaborative work on the range, to those horses permanently removed from the wild by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Founded in 2010, Wild Love Preserve's mission is to protect and preserve wild horses in their native environments and nurture the legacy of respective indigenous ecosystems as an interconnected whole, in collaborative, responsible and sustainable manners, with community engagement and benefit.
Viewed as a paradigm project, Wild Love Preserve's innovative model is multi-dimensional as result of responding to the layered magnitude of this wild landscape regionally and nationally, and by design benefits the wild, stakeholders and taxpayers. From inception we have chosen a path of bridging divides and bringing stakeholders together in a new light, offering a fresh way of daily being, much needed collective harmony and co-existence. All is interconnected and it takes a village to implement lasting positive change. Mutual respect, kindness, science and education are paramount to our mission, now and for future generations. Subsequently, our programs have saved American taxpayers well over $7.5 million dollars since 2013. At a savings of $50,000 per lifetime of each wild horse adopted from the government system, the 2012-13 WLP Adoption Project alone, has saved $6.5 million tax payer dollars with our 130 rescued Challis, Idaho wild horses, while our collaborative work on the range has saved over $1million tax dollars since 2014. Wild Love Preserve was instrumental in curtailing a proposed 2017 BLM helicopter roundup to instead implement a hay bait trap gather because of our 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 about it here: Challis Wild Horse Bait Trap Gather

Because of Wild Love Preserve's continued due-diligence, collaborative, and pro-active efforts since 2010 with the Challis-Idaho BLM, there has not been a helicopter roundup of the Challis Herd since October 2012. Prior to Wild Love Preserve, the Challis BLM's intent was to conduct federally funded helicopter roundups and removals every other year. As of February 2018, we are pleased to share yet another positive step forward. Wild Love Preserve and the Challis-Idaho BLM will work together on the current Environmental Assessment of the Challis Herd Management Area as a collective whole, and together develop a 10-year pro-active management plan for the Challis Herd in conjunction with, and relation to, this indigenous ecosystem on our multi-use public lands as an interconnected whole. This collaborative work sets yet another new precedent which serves to benefit our work on all six herd management areas in Idaho, as well as other wild horse regions in the west: Wild Game Changer
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
— R. Buckminster Fuller

Why: There exists extreme controversy in the West. Social and economic conflict surround our iconic wild mustangs protected by law under the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act. There is stiff competition for resources on multi-use public lands between ranchers with grazing permits for private livestock, big energy, recreational use, environmental balance and native wild horses that know this western wild range as home. Designated public lands for wild horses have diminished drastically since 1971. Stakeholders are often locked in opposition when it comes to population count, management and whether wild horses are a native wildlife species. In fact, evolution reveals that the North American continent is the original birthplace of species equus.

There are well over 50,000 wild horses in longterm government holding facilities, while a guesstimated 70,000 (according to the BLM) remain on our wild public lands in 10 western states according to Bureau of Land Management (BLM). 53.8 million acres in 1971 is now restricted to 32.6 million acres with 26.9 million acres managed by the BLM. Helicopter roundups, removals, transport, and longterm holding facilities cost taxpayers over $80 million annually. However, wild horses are the ones to pay the ultimate price in capture, loss of freedom, family and often life. The BLM is responsible for managing native wild horses on our multi-use public lands as per the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. That said, the system is infamously broken and in need of a shift in perspective and the BLM is admittedly looking for new and sustainable wild solutions.

How: WLP remains steadfast in our collaborative conservation of native wild horses on public and private lands in a humane, non-lethal, inclusive manner that addresses total ecological health and balance. Our model offers a viable, fluid, all-inclusive option to existing federally funded helicopter roundups, and by design also benefits the immediate community, region and state of Idaho. Due diligence required, WLP has been in motion since April 2010, mending relations, building alliances, opening new lines of communication and subsequently established fluid working relations with the BLM and all stakeholders.

Focus on engaging all stakeholders in a new light to collaboratively manage native wild horses on wild public lands they call home must prove advantageous to surrounding community, region and state with new sources of revenue and job creation, while simultaneously saving taxpayer dollars.
Our all-inclusive approach is on behalf of our lasting greater good. We work with the BLM, regional ranchers, locals, environmentalists, biologists, wild horse advocates and other interested stakeholders on respective aspects of this large scale, multi-faceted project. While differing views clearly exist and are respectfully addressed, WLP remains steadfast in our efforts to work together and nurture something special by reducing conflict between parties.

Wild Love Preserve is about finding new solutions and 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. We can rise above drawn lines if we so choose.
— Founder, Andrea Maki, 2010

Wild Love Preserve has garnered growing support from the region, ranchers, environmentalists, wild horse advocates and BLM officials, as we transform what was seen as problematic by some stakeholders, into a proud, lasting asset for community, region, state and nation. Success requires establishment of a vested interest by the community.

By way of face to face communications and boots-on-the-ground solutions, WLP has created a new model in co-existence. Our collaborative, approach to addressing native wild horse population(s) on home turf offers a viable and beneficent alternative to the current government system. As result, Idaho is setting a new precedence in responsibly and humanely taking care of their own at home, benefitting the region and state.

Wild Love Preserve is an American legacy project. Humane, fiscally responsible, sustainable population management; intent to nurture the legacy of native wild horses in conjunction with all wildlife species within this unique ecosystem on public lands; fluid co-existence with livestock where applicable; to support a healthy, genetically viable native herd and ecosystem in a lasting manner for future generations to equally experience, nurture and treasure.

WLP Programs include Responsible and Sustainable Wild Horse Population Management, Research and Documentation, WLP Adoption Project, Education and Awareness, Conservation and Sustainability, Community Involvement, Volunteerism, and Wild Horse Adventure Eco-tourism.
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President: Andrea Maki

Vice President: Robert Maki


Lynda Johnson, Boise

Courtney Clarke, Seattle

Kim Smith, P.h.D, Austin

Robin Lyda, Montana

Doug Bryan, Ketchum/Seattle


By design, our Advisory Council is comprised of stakeholders from all sides representing their respective interests which together speak to the multi-faceted elements of WLP's legacy project and mission.

Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam + Vitalogy Foundation, Seattle - Donor + Community Outreach

Randy Acker, DVM, Medical Director, Sun Valley Animal Center - Science + Education

Kimberly Wolfe Frank, Exec. Director, The Science and Conservation Center - Science + Education

Steve Adams, Exec. Director, Youth Employment Program, Salmon, ID - Youth Outreach

Stephen Bauchman, Challis Creek Cattle Co, Challis, ID - Ranching Community

Kevin Lloyd, Idaho Bureau of Land Management, Challis Regional Office - Agency Advisor

Carter Niemeyer, Boise - Wildlife Management

Lisa Kauffman, Animal Welfare

Adam Beaupre, Outfitter, ID/MT, Outdoor Adventure and Ecotourism

Alayne Blickle, Horses For Clean Water, Nampa, ID - Education

Matt Livengood, Horses For Clean Water/Mustang Makeover Trainer, Nampa, ID - Education

Mark Brown, Ketchum - Community Outreach

The focus of Wild Love Preserve’s wild horse project in bringing all stakeholders together to work collaboratively with the Challis and Idaho Bureau of Land Management, is unique and imaginative and potentially opens the door to an entirely new paradigm for managing western wild horses. This model, if successful, 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, Director of The Science and Conservation Center, August 2013
Andrea (Maki), through her organization, has faced obstacles greater than the adoption and management. She has had to overcome the natural suspicion of the community and other public land users who have experienced other NGO’s disregard for social, economic, and cultural concerns of the community (as set forth in NEPA). She has crafted an understanding with the community, ranchers, and local government officials by demonstrating “on the ground solutions” without government monies... Over time she has demonstrated that her program when fully funded will solve the wild horse issue in the Custer WHMA through private management and PZP for population control to maintain the herd size. Her actions have quieted the ‘nay sayers’ in the agency, local and ranching communities.
— Stephen Bauchman, Challis Creek Cattle Co., May 2014

Wild Love Preserve is a Registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit, Effective August 2010, Tax ID #27-3729450

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