Wolf Watch UK was established in 1993 by our founder Tony Haighway, whose initial involvement with wolf conservation started with the rescue of a pair of wolves from a closing zoo in Warwickshire. From these small beginnings, Wolf Watch UK has gone on to provide sanctuary for over thirty displaced wolves to date. Our wolves normally arrive here as a consequence of: dominance fights, zoo closures or excess breeding. Without our help many of these magnificent animals would have probably been euthanised.
The Wolf Watch Centre is located in approximately one hundred acres of remote wooded valley in Shropshire and is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers. Wolf Watch UK is a private membership wolf conservation group. Access to the project is strictly via our Adopt-a-Wolf membership or approved wolf conservation groups and similar, with permission to bring visiting parties during pre-arranged days.
We are somewhat unique in our ethos, as it is based entirely around the welfare of the animals in our care and to provide them with sanctuary, we refuse to exploit them for monetary gain. We do not operate along the conventional lines of being a public paying zoo style attraction, but rely solely on membership subscriptions, donations and fund raising from open days, our adopt-a-wolf scheme, photography days, guided tours and associated events.
Our wolves have been used in the making of many educational TV documentaries, including some prestigious ones presented by The BBC’s, Sir David Attenborough and other renowned documentary film producers. Some of our wolves have also appeared in films and television series however, they are not trained to act, they are seen as wolves being themselves and doing things that wolves do, in as near as natural habitat as possible.