Founder + President, Wild Love Preserve
Our iconic wild mustangs symbolize pure Americana, unbridled freedom, power, determination, and the wild west. For Wild Love Preserve, they have also offered us a unique opportunity to come together in a new light and bridge divides between stakeholders previously locked in opposition. Founded in 2010, by contemporary visual artist and photographer, Andrea Maki, kindness, mutual respect, accountability, science, and education drive Wild Love’s mission to protect and preserve western wild horses in their native habitats and nurture the legacy of respective indigenous ecosystems as an interconnected whole by working together. Rooted in central Idaho, Wild Love Preserve engages public and private lands to address all facets of regional wild horse conservation on home turf, and works with the Idaho BLM, ranchers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, wild horse advocates, youth employment groups and regional communities. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Wild Love Preserve is a legacy project that incorporates our inclusive wild horse conservation programs, conflict resolution, education platform, comprehensive range health, and the creation of a wildlife preserve in the heart of Idaho's wild horse country to serve as permanent home to Wild Love's current 136 Challis-Idaho wild horses, and future wild horses removed from public lands in Idaho that are not otherwise adopted. By design, our conservation efforts have turned Challis-Idaho wild horses into an asset for the community, region, and state.
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Andrea Maki will talk about the work of Wild Love Preserve and creating a multi-faceted model in wild horse conservation on home turf through conflict resolution and in conjunction with Native PZP as an integral tool.
“The focus of Wild Love Preserve’s wild horse project in bringing all stakeholders together to work collaboratively with the Challis and Idaho BLM, is unique and imaginative and potentially opens the door to an entirely new paradigm for managing western wild horses. This model may change a great deal and we here at The Science and Conservation Center are excited about partnering with WLP in this effort.” -Jay F. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Aug 2013
Wild Love Preserve's legacy project includes our inclusive wild horse conservation program, conflict resolution, education platform, comprehensive range health fixed on sustainability, and the creation of our wildlife preserve in the heart of Idaho wild horse country to be protected in perpetuity.
By design, our conservation efforts have turned Challis-Idaho wild horses into an asset for the community, region, and state. In 2010, Andrea Maki founded Wild Love Preserve and spearheaded collaborative efforts with the Idaho BLM and stakeholders, creating a new model in wild horse conservation that engages public and private lands to address all facets of regional wild horse population on home turf in Idaho.
Wild Love’s multi-faceted approach includes our WLP-BLM cooperative agreement with the Challis BLM and collaborative work on the range implementing Native-PZP 1YR as an integral management tool; our first of its kind mass adoption and purchase of all the Challis wild horses made available by the Idaho BLM as result of the 2012 Challis BLM helicopter roundup; and the subsequent wildlife preserve we are creating in the heart of Idaho's wild horse country to serve as permanent home to Wild Love's current 136 Challis-Idaho wild horses, and future wild horses removed from public lands in Idaho that are not otherwise adopted. Kindness, mutual respect, accountability, science, and education drive Wild Love's mission to protect and preserve western wild horses in their native habitats and nurture the legacy of respective indigenous ecosystems as an interconnected whole by bridging divides.
Wild Love's innovative model has garnered national attention over the years and been sourced as a framework for other wild horse regions in the West. Our core tenet has been the belief that to solve the man-made wild horse crisis we must solve this human relations crisis, and that solutions exist by way of collaboration and creating vested interests that turn regional wild horses into assets for local communities and states. Our inclusive approach has brought together the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), cattle ranchers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, wild horse advocates, youth employment groups, and community to create a viable and supported solution to existing BLM helicopter roundups and removals of wild horses from public lands to out-of-state longterm holding facilities, and other end-results.
2019 marks the sixth year of our humane and collaborative Native PZP fertility management program which has proven successful in slowing population growth with free-roaming wild horses on the Challis HMA darting with the BLM on the range, and with Wild Love’s adopted wild horses. By design, Wild Love’s adopted Idaho wild horses also serve as our control herd because management on our private preserve mirrors our collaborative work on public lands. Native PZP has enabled us to keep our numbers at roughly 136 over the last six years, and we’ve witnessed firsthand that it does not result in adverse behavioral issues, does not impact band or herd dynamics, has not altered the natural breeding season, does not negatively impact the fetus or cause birth defects if a pregnant wild mare is darted, and we have healthy babies born to our wild mares ensuring genetic viability.
Wild Love Preserve has demonstrated via our boots-on-the-ground programs, that coexistence, humane treatment and sustainable management, protecting wild lives and indigenous habitats, and saving tax dollars, work together with our model, and our collaborative efforts that began with the Challis-Idaho BLM and Challis Herd Management Area in 2010, have expanded to all six wild horse herd management areas in Idaho, engaging stakeholders on all sides, and our partners. By design, our collaborative and multi-faceted conservation efforts offer a viable option to government helicopter roundups, integrating total range health, collective harmony, coexistence with indigenous wildlife, and livestock where applicable.
The BLM’s wild horse and burro removal program costs taxpayers over $80 million dollars annually with no sustainable solution for the 50,000+ wild horses in long-term government facilities. By way of teamwork, Wild Love Preserve programs have saved American taxpayers well over $7.5 million dollars since 2013 and establishes a lasting solution for Idaho wild horses removed from public lands to remain wild and together in their native habitat.
"Andrea (Maki), through her organization, has faced obstacles greater than the adoption and management. She has had to overcome the natural suspicion of the community and other public land users who have experienced other NGO’s disregard for social, economic, and cultural concerns of the community (as set forth in NEPA). She has crafted an understanding with the community, ranchers, and local government officials by demonstrating “on the ground solutions” without government monies... Over time she has demonstrated that her program when fully funded will solve the wild horse issue in the Custer WHMA through private management and PZP for population control to maintain the herd size. Her actions have quieted the ‘nay sayers’ in the agency, local and ranching communities." -Stephen Bauchman, Challis Creek Cattle Co., 2014