In May of 2015, Brittany McDonald graduated from the University of Wisconsin in River Falls with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Minor in Conservation. While still enrolled in college, she spent a summer working as a full-time intern at a wolf facility in northern Idaho where she was responsible for the care of 30 wolves, including a litter of 7 newborn pups. Although this experience was short-lived, it provided a firsthand look into the realities of working with wolves as a wild canid species, and it truly solidified her lifelong desire to do so!
Brittany first fell in love with wolves when she was 8 years old, and she has been actively pursuing her dream of working with them ever since! Although she was born and raised in Minnesota, her passion for wildlife has led her all over the United States, including Texas, Nevada, and Idaho. Each relocation provided Brittany with many opportunities to gain experience and new skills, and she comes to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary having cared for not only wolves but also big cats, primates, large mammals, and reptiles!
As a long-time supporter of Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, Brittany has always admired the sanctuary’s dedication toward making our rescues’ health and happiness our number one priority, and with her knowledge of concepts like animal health and behavior, enrichment, and operant conditioning, she’s excited for the opportunity to further contribute to that philosophy.
We are all very excited to have Brittany as Executive Director, and we look forward to the growth we are all certain to share.
Learn more about Brittany in our Peek Into the Pack blog post!