The White Mountain Apache Tribe has welcomed the Mexican wolf back to its native home range in east central Arizona.
Centuries before Krista Beazley was born, her ancestors in the White Mountain Apache Tribe believed that a sacred connection existed between them and their land, an inseparability between nature and the human soul. This bond is known in the Apache language as shin ne’. The tribe honors all living things but held one species in particular esteem: the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi). Admired for its skill and strength, the species once roamed Apache lands in abundance. Today it is endangered. Thus it seems only fitting that Beazley, a biologist, helps her tribe work for the wolf’s survival (from Maintaining an Ancestral Connection, The Wildlife Professional, Winter, 2010).
Krista and the White Mountain Apache tribe are now offering a special, limited opportunity guided weeklong tour of White Mountain Apache lands in the heart of Mexican wolf country. The tour includes Apache arts, crafts and traditions, hiking, horseback riding, wolf tracking, and wildlife watching. Tour members stay in furnished cabins with meals provided.
Apache Wilderness Journeys are now available beginning with two trips this June 2011 for $1,500 per person.
But for one more day, you have the chance to win a trip for two through a raffle offered by the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project. Help support the tribe’s Mexican wolf recovery program and the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project with your purchase of $5 raffle tickets!
Click here to see the trip itinerary and details
The raffle winner will be announced at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival this Friday, March 4th, 2011 in Flagstaff, AZ. Winner does not need to be present to win (so get your tickets on-line now before 2:00 pm on Friday if you can’t attend!). Additional raffle tickets will be available in person at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival starting at 6:45 pm. The winner of the raffle may select their trip date, either June 5-10 or June 19-24, 2011.
You can purchase raffle tickets for $5.00 each on the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project website through PayPal.
Purchase Raffle Tickets
(Must be purchased by 2 p.m. Friday, March 4 – look for the “Add to Cart” symbol)
Please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or (928) 202-1325 if you have any questions.
Photos: Krista Beazley by Peg Abbott
Mexican wolf in the wild courtesy of Jean Ossorio