REI Hike Group Photo

When we asked some of our friends, followers and supporters to take a hike, they did just that – and what a day it was.

We’re talking about National Trails Day of course, which was Saturday, June 2. The fundraising event was a sell-out, with 90 people from all ages and walks of life walking in the woods at the Endangered Wolf Center on behalf of the animals in our care.

The rain didn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm, and the sun came out just in time for hikers to meet some of our resident animal ambassadors like Cooper, a rare, black red fox who soaked up the attention. Cooper is what biologists call a melanistic animal, meaning that he’s all black because of an excess development of the black pigment in his skin.

Hikers were also treated to a catered lunch by Bravo, and live music by local singer-songwriter and guitarist Joey Ferber. A special thank you to our raffle sponsors Mission TacoKaldi Coffee of Chesterfield, REI and Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Next spring, if we give you a call and tell you to take a hike, say “YES!” and come join us for this annual outdoor event. It’s a fun way to mingle with fellow animal lovers as we all work to preserve and protect endangered wolves and the wild places that depend on them.

Below are some highlights from our hike.