27 Apr

Wildfires 2017

Wildfires were spreading in Naples and we thought we'd be OK. That was Thursday night 04/20/17. Friday morning, 04/21/17, CCSO deputies came to Shy Wolf Sanctuary and told us we were under mandatory evacuation. We were ordered to relocate all 60 of our exotic animals.

19 Apr

Wildfire pet refugees retreat to Shy Wolf Sanctuary

A wildfire burned over 7,500 of land in collier county. Thankfully, Shy Wolf Sanctuary was safe. But a friend and Naples resident’s home was on high alert. When the evacuation notice was issued, Founder Nancy Smith and President Deanna Deppen left at night heading to the home and loaded up their friend’s pet lynx family. The animals…

12 Apr

Jewish Federation recognizes Nancy and Kent Smith

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Founders, Nancy and Kent Smith, were honored March 7, 2017 by the Jewish Federation of Collier County. The Federation recognized Nancy and Kent for their work to provide sanctuary to exotic animals and to educate the public about the importance of protecting these animals. An award and check for $2,500 was presented to…

31 Mar

Native Visions 30th Anniversary Celebration

Native Visions Galleries celebrated 30 years of fine art featuring eight of South Africa’s most world-renowned artists. Our animal ambassadors and handlers attended the four-day event benefitting Shy Wolf Sanctuary. Special Appearances were made by these Native Visions Artists: Mopho Gonde (Botswana), David Langmead (Zimbabwe), Kim Donaldson (Cape Town), Margaret Gradwell (South Africa), Godfrey Zonde (Zimbabwe), John…

31 Mar

New Partnership with Desoto Environmental Learning Lab

Shy Wolf Sanctuary forms new partnerships to benefit animals and education. Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center rescues all varieties of exotic animals. While we specialize in certain species, we extend a helping hand to any that we can accommodate. Most of the time the animals become permanent residents, but there are times when…

27 Feb

Viral Video

Many of you have seen a viral video that originated on social media talking about visiting wolves at Shy Wolf Sanctuary.   The animals in the video are not our animals. They are Seacrest Wolf Preserve animals. The video footage was taken by Jon Watson, who also visited our animals in 2013.Someone pirated Jon's video…

3 Jan

Easter Seals Academy Partnership

Easterseals Academy of Naples, FL and Shy Wolf Sanctuary have formed a new partnership. Academy students did an amazing job putting together our 2016 holiday mailer. They folded, stuffed and sealed almost 5,000 cards and envelopes, AND finished the project by deadline! When we picked up the completed project, students told Shy Wolf staff how…

27 Nov


Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education & Experience Center welcomes new wolf dog. Jena, who appears to be a timber wolf and shepherd mix wolf dog, was running loose for at least 6 weeks in Sumter county, Florida. Kim Kapes of In Harmony with Nature (IHWN) Animal Haven (Apopka, Florida) received the initial call from the county…

24 Nov

Giving Tuesday 2016

Kick off the holiday giving season with us!  There are many ways to give and support Shy Wolf Sanctuary. Make a donation to Shy Wolf Sanctuary TODAY ONLY for a chance to win a private animal encounter for you and 1 guest! SPONSOR   SHOP Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile…

4 Nov

Build a Fence for Blue

Blue loves her new family and home on 3 acres! What she needed was a more secure enclosure and our FGCU volunteers came to her rescue. Several volunteers met President Deanna Deppen at Shy Wolf Sanctuary last Saturday and caravaned to Blue’s home.  The project included moving sand, securing anti dig  chain to chain panels,…