Tundra the wolf

Tuning in to Tundra

Local wolf advocate and his charges to appear on Belgian TV.

North Vancouver Island is well known for its wildlife. Now, one of the region’s best-loved creatures is hitting the airwaves in Europe to spread the world.

Tundra the wolf — an 85 per cent lupine wolf-dog — and her handler Gary Allan are already local celebrities. The pair, along with Allan’s other part-wolf, Meshach, are fixtures on the North Island, where they visit schools, clubs and public events to educate people on what Allen’s website, whospeaksforwolf.com, calls a “wonderful, misunderstood animal.”

But now, the pair are spreading that message much further — and shining the spotlight on the North Island into the bargain.

Allan was approached by producers of a Belgian travel show last month, enquiring if he would be willing to meet with their camera crew. The makers of the show were filming on the B.C. coast and wanted to highlight the variety of wildlife on offer in this corner of the world.

Upon speaking to Allan and learning of his advocacy program, the producers were keen to include Allan and the wolves in the program.

After taking in a whale-watching trip out of Telegraph Cove, the film crew met with Allan, Tundra and Meshach at Cluxewe Resort and filmed the trio walking on the riverbank.

Allan said that the Belgians were thrilled with the shoot, taking in the spawning salmon, the eagles overhead, heron feeding and, of course, the wolves. He noted that the crew had previously spent three unfruitful days in Whistler in search of bear footage and were stunned at the variety of wildlife on the North Island.

“They were thrilled to be able to show so much wildlife,” said Allan. “We have so much wildlife up here and it’s so accessible.”

The show will focus on southwest B.C. and Vancouver Island, with an emphasis on local wildlife, and is expected to air in Belgium in early December. The program will then be uploaded and, once posted online, the Gazette will follow up with a link.

Allan said that he has met plenty of European visitors through his presentations and Tundra has always received very positive reactions. Now, with the opportunity to appear nationally in Belgium, he hopes she can inspire some of the viewers to make the trip to see her first-hand. “If she can help drive tourism, well, that would be something special.”

Through October Allan and Tundra will continue their presentations including appearances at the Royal B.C. Museum and Nanaimo public library for National Wolf Awareness Week, Oct. 13-19 as well as presenting at the Victoria First Nations Friendship Centre.

All the attention is nothing new to Tundra, an old hand at public appearances. “She just takes it all in stride,” said Allan.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fire Chefs give back to community with one free meal a day to those who are in need

Fire Chefs will offer one free meal from 3:30 until 4:30 on the days they are open to those in need.

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

COVID-19: Isolation exemptions to frontline workers a danger to patients, say Island Health employees

Staff exempt from self-isolation upon return from international travel according to Island Health

North Island community groups are adapting due to COVID-19

‘The coronavirus and its effects make this a challenging time for us all’

B.C. COVID-19 contact restrictions working, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

’Not out of the woods yet’ as next two weeks are critical

Canada expands 75% wage subsidy to COVID-19 affected businesses of all sizes: Trudeau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

IN DEPTH: How B.C. emptied its hospitals to prepare for COVID-19

Thousands of beds have been freed up, but patients and seniors have had to sacrifice

Crucial details of Ottawa’s proposed wage subsidy program expected today

The government has rolled out a bailout package totalling more than $200 billion

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

World COVID-19 morning update: Olympics delayed one year; 12,000 health care workers infected

Comprehensive world news update: Lockdown in UK showing signs of hope

Newspapers are safe to touch, World Health Organization confirms

Just make sure to wash your hands as you would after touching any surface or object

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

Most Read