The Refuge

Predators of the Heart is a special animal refuge located in Anacortes, Washington. They are a non-profit organization that is dedicated to nurturing and helping “all species of wild animals who, for various reasons, find themselves without a place to live out their lives.” This is a one-of-a-kind refuge in the state. From foxes, vultures, and skunks to lynx, hawks and bobcats to cougars and wolves, and so many more.


Before visiting with the animals, you will need to book a program with the refuge that will be customized for each audience. These range from animal encounters with a minimum of 8 animals per 30 minutes all the way up to 16 animals over a full hour. This animal encounter is ideal for school groups, private parties and corporate events. Here you’ll learn about wildlife conservation and how each individual animal makes its mark on nature.

Their Reptile Program will showcase many of the various reptiles that they currently house. You might see a 100-pound alligator, a giant Burmese python, a green mamba, a 12-foot king cobra or any number of their other friends! (Before you panic, according to their website all of the venomous snakes have had their venom glands surgically removed.)

The Birds of Prey Program can give visitors the chance to meet an African Augar Buzzard, the Eurasian Eagle Owl, or any number of the others.

Up Close and Personal with the Wolves

Another very special program they offer is the Wolf Encounter Tour. Whether you want do this alone or in a group of up to six people, you’ll get up close with two of their several wolves. Follow these two “wolf ambassadors” on various trails on their 10-acre property while learning about “wolf behavior, habitats and ecology.”  From mid-April to December, you can book this special tour where you can touch, and walk with these two beautiful creatures for two hours. Note that this is a tour for only those above the age of 18, and there are rules of behavior and a dress code. But don’t let that hold you back from this up-close encounter.

If you’re interested in having your encounters photographed or videoed, reach out to the refuge for more information about their services.

These aren’t the only programs or encounters available at Predators of the Heart, so make sure to visit their website to find out more information on how to book a program, how to donate or even volunteer your time!





All photos used with permission from Predators of the Heart