Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Tribute to Apache

Apache, the leader of the Wolf Conservation Center's "ambassador"
pack, passed away on March 10, 2010 at the age of 12. A benevolent alpha, Apache thrilled tens of thousands of visitors lucky enough to howl along with him. His presence and personality will be missed.

Music: "Do you realize?" by The Flaming Lips

71 comments:

Woodmere Middle School - Class 8A said...

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Apache. We learned that wolves are strong animals and we are hoping that the rest of the pack will get through this difficult time. We will always remember Apache as a strong leader. As an ambassador he taught us how wolves live their lives. We will never forget him. Apache, always and forever.

With sympathy,

Woodmere Middle School Class 8A Students: Jessica, Dimitri, Adam, Jazly, Sal, Randy, Alize, Kimani, Weelelmy, Carlee, Jake, Gaby, Dominique, and Miss Bentivegna

Anonymous said...

I am deeply saddened by Apaches passing. so beautiful .
xoxoxo

Amy said...

What a loss...I am so sorry to hear of Apache's passing. I was blessed to have howled with him and the other wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center last August when I brought my niece up from North Carolina for a visit. I am sure Atka, Kaila, and Lucas are grieving the loss of their pack leader right along with the volunteers and staff. Thanks for the video....brought tears to my eyes......Amy B.

Anonymous said...

I remember going to the center with my daughter. Everyone was howling but she stayed quiet. We asked her why she wasn't howling and she told us it was because she wasn't good at it. We encouraged her to try anyway. Much to everyone including our guide's surprise, Apache went wild and she and he spent the next few minutes going back and forth. Whenever she howled he would join in. Her smile and joy was overwhelming. She was in love with Apache and has told that sotry many times since. I am dreading telling her of his passing when she comes home from school. Apache will always have a special place in our hearts and memories. Rest in peace old friend.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of this.It just seemed like not too long ago we gave him the "enrichment" treat...so sorry to hear of the loss of Apache.

Linda Rubino Boston,Ma.

Frau Blaubaer said...

Really a beautiful tribute. thank you,
Birgit and Lukas

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to learn of Apache's passing. I saw him a few times at your programs. He was a beautiful animal. Thank you for posting this video. What was the song you used? It was a perfect!
Stephanie
Goldens Bridge, NY

Anonymous said...

Liebes WCC!
Es war eine wundervolle Erfahrung dich, Apache, und das WCC letzten Oktober kennenzulernen. Nun erhalte ich die traurige Nachricht von Apache´s Tod. Wir durften dich kennenlernen und dein beeidruckendes "Heulen" hören, das nun verstummt ist. Anders als die Menschen die Wölfe lange lange Zeit fast bis zu ihrer Ausrottung gejagt und getötet haben, wirst auch du, Apache, und deine Spezies bei Gott seinen Platz finden - zu deiner Lebzeit und auch nun nach deinem Tod. Danke, WCC - Danke Helene Grimaud, dass wir dich kennenlernen durften. Gott schütze Sie - Gott schütze dich, Apache - ruhe in Frieden, Christian Greiss (und Eltern) aus Essen/ Deutschland (Thank you, WCC - Thank you, Helene Grimaud, for giving us the chance to meet you, Apache, last October - may God bless you, WCC and you, Apache - rest in peace, Christian Greiss (and parents) from Essen/ Germany).

Our Family to Yours... said...

What sad news. I was privileged to meet Apache on two separate occasions. Thanks Apache. You will be missed.

-Tim G

Anonymous said...

This was an awesome tribute to an amazing wolf. Thank you for doing it. I will never forget Apache or how he, Kaila and Lukas changed my life for the better and got me involved with the WCC. Thanks and here's to Apache who is hopefully romping around somewhere with Eno.

Blaze said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. What an incredible life Apache led, and how grateful we all are for his contribution to educating the public about the lives of wolves. The last part of your video tribute made me cry.

The Neusy Family said...

We were so sorry to hear the sad news about Apache. We came to visit a few years back and we were absolutely captivated, as we expected to be. His status as the alpha-ambassador will make him very hard to replace. Keep up the good work WCC!

David said...

I am truly sorry for the loss of Apache. May his soul live-on forever and his spirit rise to the heavens above for all the animals before and after him.
Apache was most certainly a beautiful wolf.
Sincerely, David Cottrell, Former Visitor.

Kenn said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Maggie. Apache was an incredible creature and the Dog Files were blessed to be able to meet him! He'll be missed.

Annie said...

We are so sorry to hear that Apache has passed on.......a truly beautiful animal.

Annie and Adam
Somers

Robyn& William Field, New York said...

We were blessed to visit Apache just three weeks ago. Our second visit to the wolves. We witnessed what a beautiful life Apache had there, and what a leader he was. What a beautiful tribute you have created n his honor. Will and I just cried as he howled, we will always remeber howling with him. RIP Apache ~

Anonymous said...

That's so sad, I came to visit a few years ago and remember his howl and his unique personality. R.I.P

Anonymous said...

Lovely tribute to a lovely friend.

Dances with wolves said...

Apache danse peut-être ce soir avec Chaussette et Michaël dans un pays où on danse avec les anges,
for the friends of the Earth,
from France ,
" Earth song "

S. Martin said...

Dear WCC Staff,

When I visited the center last October, I couldn't help but be moved to tears by the staff's obvious devotion to the wolves in their care and to the greater cause on behalf of the wolves--and the world in general. Then I saw the wolves and more tears fell. I was not prepared for their noble and wild beauty. It was an extraordinary experience.

Needless to say, my heart is breaking for the staff of WCC and all of Apache's friends. He will be missed.

Thank you for allowing me to part of the tribute.

S. Martin
Westport, Connecticut

S. Martin said...

Dear WCC Staff,

When I visited the center last October, I couldn't help but be moved to tears by the staff's obvious devotion to the wolves in their care and to the greater cause on behalf of the wolves--and the world in general. Then I saw the wolves and more tears fell. I was not prepared for their noble and wild beauty. It was an extraordinary experience.

Needless to say, my heart is breaking for the staff of WCC and all of Apache's friends. He will be missed.

Thank you for allowing me to part of the tribute.

S. Martin
Westport, Connecticut

Christopher Correia said...

So sorry to hear the news about the passing of Apache. May his soul watch over the pack and may his howl and all the memories he left us live on 4ever! Peace

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tribute and I am so sorry about the loss of Apache. I share your sadness.

jeannine said...

I volunteered at the center when it first began and spent time with the pack and Apache was always my favorite. I am so saddened by his passing. I remember the days I would sit and howl along with him. I will always remember him.

Anonymous said...

I visited Apache many times and was always inspired by him. This is a sad day. I will remember him with love. Thank you for the beautiful tribute and all your great work.
Pax et bonum!

Anonymous said...

A piece of my Heart broke off Today. . . it is physically painful to know that I will never see that BEAUTIFUL Face and Sly Smile 'Up Close and Personal' again. . . RIP my Beloved Apache! What a Handsome Guy! -with a Personality to match! Apache was the '007' of Wolves and he knew it! He had an Easy and Gentle way of Leading his Pack, Enjoying Life and a Warm and Welcoming way of Sharing his Time and Himself with Visitors at the WCC. Apache certainly will be remembered as King of 'His' Mountain at the WCC. I aspire to be the 'AMAZING Being' that you were Apache, and I know that I will never forget you -XOXOXO. My Heart goes out to Every Worker, Visitor, Volunteer and Supporter at the WCC -know that I share your Tremendous loss. -M

Sonya said...

Dear WCC,
I was so sad to hear of Apache passing away. My family and I were priveleged to meet him on more than one occasion. He helped so many to connect with wolves..hopefully current and future protectors. He led a great life. Thank you for all you do.
Sincerely,
Sonya Gray Wulff

Janet said...

I am so sorry to hear of Apache's passing. My husband and I were fortunate enough to have visited the WCC and seen what a magnificent animal he was. Your video is a beautiful tribute. Rest in peace, Apache and thank you for enriching so many lives. My sincere sympathy to the staff at this difficult time.

Christian said...

I'm so sorry to hear of Apache's death, it is deeply saddening. I hadn't known him a very long time, having only been at the WCC since December, but he captured my heart and my mind. He was an incredible ambassador for his species to the human world, and a benevolent, kind leader and friend to his fellow wolves. I will surely never forget him

-Christian Giliberto, volunteer

Mike said...

WCC Staff and Critters;

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful member of your family. My wife and I have enjoyed visiting Apache and the rest of your residents and learning about wolves and their challenges. He will be missed.

Richard Paris said...

We are writing about the passing of an amazing animal. Apache I had the privaledge of working with for 4 years. From 2000-2004.On a recent trip back in 2006 I went up to the wolf center and Apache remembered me and started jumping all over the place. Of couse I brought him and the pack some Liverwurst and Muester Cheese. Henry took an unblievable shot of me with Apache. I now live in Montana where Apache's kin are being mercilessly slaughtered. I can't begin to tell you how sick it makes me fell to belong to the human race sometimes. The animals are God's creatures and there spirit is amazing. By nine year old remembers Apache and howling with the pack from the bleachers at three years of age. She talks about him and the other wolves all the time. Maybe through Apache and the pack the kids and you all can get the message through. I sit here crying but know that he had been a blessing and was loved.
Apache, you will never die and will always be in our hearts and prayers. Your a king amoung wolves and now leed God's pack!
The Paris Family
Florence Montana

annie said...

I sit reading this weeping and smiling at the same time.What a magnificent creature!I was honored and blessed to have met him.R.I.P
So sorry for your loss.
annie-volunteer

Terry said...

I saw you, Apache, once and I was so awed by your presence! I feel so sad by the news of your passing. Yes, all must die, but I firmly believe you are in bliss with the Divine, romping around and engaging in all your wondrous behaviors. Thank you, Apache, for enriching my life and teaching me about the wonders of YOU! I will miss you so much! God's speed!
And thank you all who made this wonderful tribute to a beautiful animal!
terry

simon n said...

I visit WCC at least once a year to see the Wolves, and although I have a special soft spot for Atka (who got me interested in the first place), I always enjoyed seeing and howling along with Apache.
What better tribute can there be to such a magnificent animal than the continued work of the WCC, its staff and the Ambassador Wolves.

Simon

Sohrab Saadat said...

I was blessed to know Apache and I am deeply saddened by his passing. Rest in peace. You will be missed Apache.

Ellen Pollack said...

To my friends at WCC...I was saddened to hear of Apache's passing. I feel lucky to have seen how devoted all the staff is to these lucky wolves. Your mission will always be very special. So will each of the wolves in your care. We will all remember special Apache and his unique song.
Ellen Pollack, Bronx, NY

Andreea said...

I'm very sad to hear about Apache's passing. He will be missed! Awesome tribute!

kaitlyn said...

may Apache R.I.P. Such a strong soul and an honor to have met.

Di's Blog Fest said...

One of my last visits to the WCC was in early Fall for an evening howl. The air was crisp and quite chilly for the time of year. The sun was setting and the sky was washed deep orange and magenta, the perfect backdrop for howling wolves. Apache, jaunty in his gait, patiently waited for bits of chicken to be thrown his way, was distracted by something in the distance, and so threw back his head, and began to howl. What a joy to hear and see. I cannot imagine the WCC without the majestic Apache, nor can I imagine the loss his pack is certain to feel and the sorrow that all those who give their time and love at the WCC must be feeling. Thanks so much for the beautiful and heartfelt tribute to Apache; he will be missed, but never forgotten. -
Diane Dobish, Stamford, CT

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. I enjoyed Apache many times, as a volunteer, and as a spectator. He will be truly missed and I am certain that he is with Eno somewhere romping around!
Much love, Apache....
You will be missed but never forgotten!
xoxo

Anonymous said...

Beutiful tribute, still crying.....his beauty and spirit will always be in our hearts. Graham loved his time with Apache a memory never forgotten. His kindness and spirit are forever present.......

Abby said...

First Eno & now Apache. They will both be missed. I myself have met Apache many times & my daughter has only met him a few times. To an old work friend Rebecca (CRAH Days), Helen & the rest of the staff sorry for your loss. It will be difficult for staff & pack alike but you will move on. He will always live on in your hearts.

Abby L.

the blue wolf said...

I am deeply moved by the passing of Apache...I have always cherished the visits I made to photograph the pack..Apache was indeed a beatuiful creature and I join with the many others who will miss him..Thanks go to the incredible staff who work tirelessly to care for animals at the Wolf Center..sorry for the loss you all have suffered.....

Dot said...

I watched this video tribute to Apache with tears in my eyes. Though I haven't made it out to WCC, yet, I did have the pleasure of meeting Atka two weeks ago at a photo shoot here in CT. I will definitely make it to the center sometime this spring or summer to 'meet' the rest of the pack. So sorry I'll miss out on meeting Apache. My thoughts are with you all.

Anonymous said...

I am so moved by your tribute to Apache. I had the good fortune to meet him on 3/7 not knowing he would be leaving us. I was so taken with his beauty, his personality and his howling. Im so glad I heard the "calling" to go to the Wolf Center that day.

richard said...

my most heartfelt thanks for this wonderful and touching tribute to dear Apache, a magnificent and loving creature in our lives. when we lose someone we love, they are no longer where they were. they are now wherever we are; and wherever we are, the shadow that moves behind us will always be four-legged.

richard, a volunteer who will know and love him always

Adele G. Fishman said...

I'm a fairly recent member of the WCC, and was lucky to have met Apache and his friends 3 times. He was magnificent, and a natural leader of his pack. It was so sad to read about his passing today. I hope he suffered little, and graciously left his friends and loved ones for his own Wolf Heaven! Adele Fishman, LCSW-R

Nathalie D. said...

I saw apache twice a little bit less than a month ago, and my best friend and I have talked about him ever since. He was an incredible animal with such a tender heart and distinct fire of youthfulness in his eyes despite his old age. My heart broke when I found out, but I'm glad that he is finally able to rest after all the pain he has been living through. An alpha and teacher that will never be forgotten
R.I.P Apache <3

Anonymous said...

My children and I have visited Apache every Easter season, it is part of our family Holiday ritual and we are so sad to hear of his death. But, his tribute was amazing, and certainly a legacy to both Apache and the loving staff that cared for him.
We will copy the tibute onto cd for our children to watch as they felt a connection with him,
Susan, Jessica & Jake

Anonymous said...

Apache, Apache,
Where do you go?


A day,
Days before, saw
Atka at shore
Calling for
Avalon's barge.

Apache, for you,
Accepting your wish.


Farewell, farewell.

Elizabeth said...

I woke up on the 10th with what felt like a knife in my heart and such incredible sadness all day. I was in complete shock when I later read the news. I am reminded of the impermanence of this life we have been gifted with, and how every moment is a blessing. I first met Apache and everyone about a year ago. It was such a profound experience, as has each time since been. It has truly been such an honour and privilege to be in the company of such amazing teachers. I do not know if i can even put into words the impact he has had on my life. Not only his physical,regal beauty, but also his beauty of heart and soul was so easy to fall in love with.
The pouring rain at the WCC today matched the somberness felt, as there was a great void without him physically there.I am also reminded of blessings...how truly blessed we all are to have been touched so deeply by such an amazing being. As his journey continues, may he be infinitely blessed for each heart he touched.
He has done great work on our Mother Earth. Great gratitude to the WCC for having the vision which has afforded so many the incredible opportunity to be in the company of such amazing beings.Many thanks also for the most beautiful tribute.
Great peace and love especially to Kaila,Lucas, and Atka, as well as everyone at the WCC, and all visitors.
Our hearts are deeply saddened by his passing.
Peace and Love,
Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about Apache. He was Truely an Amazing Wolf. A True Leader. I know he loved the visits from the public. I really think he enjoyed putting on his howling shows for everyone. I know it made him feel important. He was very special & will always have a place in my heart. I will always remember the special times we shared together. I am blessed to have known him & happy that he was a part of my life. APACHE I LOVE YOU & WILL MISS YOU.
REST IN PEACE XOXOXOXOXOX Lori

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about your beautiful Apache. I have taken many of my classes to visit the wolf center. We always loved going on this trip. The wolves are so wonderful to see. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to Apache.

Anonymous said...

Apache, it was my privelege to have shared a little time with you. May you rest in peace.

Ann and Tim Parrett said...

Apache,We felt so privileged that you allowed us to share time with you this past summer and fall. Through your friendly and pentiful howls you taught humans that wolves are not horrible monsters who are to be feared, but instead beautiful creatures who are to be respected and have a distinct purpose on God's earth. It is sad that we can no longer hear your great howl, but that's only because it now shoots right past us to Heaven. You are now a member of a much greater pack.(I'm sure Eno will show you the ropes up there.) May you rest in peace,Sensei (teacher), until we all meet again. So, go and be whole, happy, healthy, and free my friend. Here's to you Apache. Here's to a life well lived and a job well done. Thanks for the wonderful memories. Ahhhh-ooooo!<3

The Pagano Family, Nyack, NY said...

Thank you for sharing this sad news with our family. We feel like we have lost a friend. We have visited the center three times and loved it each time. Thank you for putting such a great tribute together in Apache's memory. Our sympathy goes out to all of the wonderful people who worked with Apache over the years. And, we thank you for all of the wonderful work that you do each day!

KM said...

Peace be with you Apache and all the pups you will watch over and guide into a strong future.

Anonymous said...

BECAUSE OF YOUR BEAUTY MANY OF YOUR KIND WILL LIVE FREE FOREVER.
THE M & M BOYS

Scott said...

My son, Scott, visited the WCC this past year with his Cub Scout troop. When he learned that Apache had died, he said "Oh, I remember Apache, he was one of the nicest wolves living there."

Anonymous said...

I cried seeing such a beautiful tribute to Apache. I feel blessed that my 3 young children were able to meet and howl with him on several occasions. They will never forget it and we have lots of pictures and video to preserve the memories. We have lots of wildlife her in the NW corner of CT but I want my children to know, love and appreciate wolves for who they are the dedicated individual at the Wolf Conservation Center.
Michele and family
Winsted, CT

Anonymous said...

This really did bring a good amount of tears to my eyes. He was such a handsom fellow with those ears. If I only had gotten to seen more then once. Apache trully was a hero and much a a role modle for everyone and he will be missed and blessed. We love you Apache.
xoxoxoxo

Leo said...

So sorry to hear about Apache.

Louis Weinberg said...

You all do such wonderful work for this beautiful blue planet. The sixth grade students and faculty at my school look forward to your visit, with Atka, every year.

I am so sorry and thank you. What an impact Apache has made. :-)

Louis Weinberg
6th Grade Science
West Rocks Middle School
Norwalk, CT

Maggie said...

Thanks for the kind words, Lou. Apache was truly a king.
We always look forward to bringing our education program to your class. Thanks for inviting us!

Keep up the great work!
Maggie

Cindy O.G. said...

Dear WCC,
I was so sorry to hear about Apache. He will be missed. Apache was the first wolf I ever met and he holds a special place in my heart. My sympathy to the great staff at WCC that cared for him so deeply.
GrayWolf Consulting
Stamford, CT

Anonymous said...

No one lives forever... Immortality is impossible. Apache seemed the best of the wolves. The tribute is a great remembrance of him and a sweet thing to do. R.I.P Apache

Mariah Leal said...

I had the pleasure of coming to visit the pack twice. Just to sit quietly and watch them was an honor. I am so saddened to hear of Apache's passing. His howl will live forever in my heart. RIP Apache, humans could learn so much from you.
Mariah Leal

Josh said...

Thanks Mariah (and of course to everybody else for their kind sentiments and memories). I'm was actually listening to the wolves howl right before I read your comment and couldn't help thinking about Apache. We're so glad you, and so many others, had a chance to see (and hear!) him.

ilenesally said...

apache, it's been 4 months since your passing and not until now have i finally been able to say how much i loved visiting with you - farewell my friend -

ilenesally said...

it's been 4 months since your passing, dear apache, but not until now have i finally been able to say how much i miss you - farewell my friend -

Anonymous said...

we are so sorry to here about apache he was beautiful and extremely cute he was an excellent
ambassador ''with all of our prays''
peace love and joy!