You could almost call it a love story.
Gary Allan’s new book Tundra – A Gift from the Creator chronicles the journey he and his wolf have taken.
The pair have been visiting schools and providing an up-close and personal wolf experience and education for the past 13 years, advocating for wolves. Tundra is a favourite with youth and adults wherever they go, says Allan.
This book is a collection of their personal stories and experiences they have had on this journey, says Allan.
“Many of these stories involve Tundra and I connecting with Indigenous people and their love and respect for the wolf and Tundra.”
The book is a good read and the affection between wolf and man shines through every page.
Along with Tundra, Allan also has Mahikan and her two nine-month-old wolf pups.
Last summer Allan formed the non-profit Tundra Speaks Society. The Society strives to document, record, archive and make available to the public a collection of materials relating the wolf to a variety of cultures and histories; and to promote the appreciation of wolves in our environment.
“In our presentations, we teach how the wolf has re-balanced relationships in ecosystems such as Yellowstone park’s reintroduction of the wolves, how wolves and First Nations peoples respect the land and Indigenous law comes from the ancestors.”
In addition to school field trips and community meetings, they host small, individual group meetings.
The book which appeals to both youth and adult readers is available through his website at www.tundraspeaks.com or at Salamander Books in Ladysmith.