Gray wolf standing by a rock covered in orange lichen
Photo by Christopher Ives

Tanaka

Tanaka is a large silver and black timberwolf. Gentle, shy, and affectionate, he’s the opposite of his more confident sister, Kenai. He responds eagerly to rubs with fresh peppermint leaves and oils. Years ago, he was rushed to a veterinary clinic for emergency surgery. They were nervous about working on a wolf, but he won them over with his sweetness after a touch-and-go operation and was dubbed a “true gentleman” wolf.

Animal Fact

A wolf’s howl can travel over 9 miles or 15 kilometers.

Photos of Tanaka

Stories About Tanaka

Note: Many of our posts are collections of stories about multiple animals at Earthfire. The animal you’re looking for may not be shown in these post previews, but each post does contain a relevant story. 

Wolf eating carcass

Creature Comforts

We are excited to have Animal Enrichment Specialist Steve Hill on site working with all of our sanctuary residents, but we’re not as excited as the animals. Steve traveled here from England and immediately began immersing himself in his work. He spouted ideas within minutes and started early with a

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Black wolf with striking orange eyes

Tanaka, the Gentleman Wolf Takes a Cab

Jean walked into the office. “Tanaka isn’t feeling good….” Jean never says that for anything mild. Last time he said that, the wolf died. Tanaka is a gorgeous, sweet, loving, three year-old wolf. In a panic we put him in the back of the Subaru. I petted and reassured him

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Wolf eating carcass

Creature Comforts

We are excited to have Animal Enrichment Specialist Steve Hill on site working with all of our sanctuary residents, but we’re not as excited as the animals. Steve traveled here from England and immediately began immersing himself in his work. He spouted ideas within minutes and started early with a

Read More
Black wolf with striking orange eyes

Tanaka, the Gentleman Wolf Takes a Cab

Jean walked into the office. “Tanaka isn’t feeling good….” Jean never says that for anything mild. Last time he said that, the wolf died. Tanaka is a gorgeous, sweet, loving, three year-old wolf. In a panic we put him in the back of the Subaru. I petted and reassured him

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