Hokshila, whose name means “a young man who has proven himself” (in the Lakota language) truly lives up to his name. He is Wanagi’s wolf ambassador, and as such, has participated in all public events since his arrival at the refuge in 2003. Hokshila is a magnificent male timber wolf that stands more than six feet tall on his hind legs.
During outings and presentations, Wanagi’s Ambassador Wolf-dog, Bindi often simply lies down in the midst of all the commotion — that’s how relaxed and comfortable he is! While he’s lying around, he loves to either sleep or (better yet) have his tummy rubbed by just about anyone!
In her unending quest to engage students in the discussion about wolves and wolf-dogs, Stephanie encourages and invites questions from her audience of 4th-graders. She has found that children often ask some of the most interesting and thought-provoking questions . . . and she has answers for almost all of them.
During the discussion about wolves and their characteristics, Hokshila allowed Stephanie to show the audience of 4th-graders his formidable teeth. This photo is testament to the mellow, trusting temperament of this amazing wolf ambassador, Hokshila (who truly has proven himself).
Wanagi volunteer Rob Shackleton sits with Bindi and the two 4th-grade student volunteers during the presentation. The relaxed, mutually-respectful and trusting dynamic among adult, children, and canine is evident in this photo.