Lone Wolf

By (author): Cheryl Alexander
Foreword by: Carl Safina
ISBN 9781771603737
Softcover | Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Book Dimensions: 10 in. x 10 in.
192 Pages

About the Book

An enchanting and evocative look at the unique relationship between a solitary, island-dwelling wolf and a renowned wildlife photographer.

A lone wild wolf lives on a small group of uninhabited islands in British Columbia’s Salish Sea, surrounded by freighter, oil tanker and other boat traffic and in close proximity to a large urban area. His name is Takaya, which is the Coast Salish First Nations people’s word for wolf.

Cheryl Alexander studied and documented this unique wolf for years, unravelling the many mysteries surrounding his life. Her documentation of Takaya’s journey, his life on the islands and the development of their deep connection is presented alongside a stunning collection of her photography.

Through journal entries, interviews, and a stunning collection of photography, Takaya: Lone Wolf addresses a number of profound questions and tells a story that is certain to inspire, enlighten, and touch the heart. It is the story of a wild animal, alone yet at peace.

About the Author(s)

Cheryl Alexander is a conservation photographer working worldwide to ensure protection of wilderness and wildlife. Through visual documentation and storytelling, she hopes to inspire passion and action that will protect the imperilled wild in our world for future generations. She has been studying and documenting Takaya’s life on both Discovery and Chatham islands for years. Cheryl’s film about this remarkable animal, Takaya: Lone Wolf, has been broadcast on CBC and the BBC to great acclaim and will be touring various film festivals throughout 2020 and 2021. Follow Cheryl on Instagram @takayalonewolf and @cher_wildawake or visit her website at www.wildawake.com. Cheryl Alexander lives in Victoria, BC.


Visit Takaya’s legacy website here!

“The story of Takaya and Cheryl reminds me of my long ago relationship with chimpanzee David Greybeard. It is only if you observe a complex animal over time, and with an open mind and heart that you can get a true understanding of the sentience of that animal, his or her being-ness. Cheryl exemplifies this approach – she is not afraid to become emotionally involved.  And she knows how to tell a story that can be understood and enjoyed by anyone. I hope that this book will help create a better and more informed relationship between humans and wolves.” – Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE; Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

“Cheryl got to know Takaya better than anyone. They had trust in each other. Often, he’d approach her. There was, for them, no fear. And thanks to Cheryl, Takaya’s life has become a gift to us. It would be nice if we decide to return Takaya’s favor.” – Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild and Beyond Words

“Takaya’s death should not be in vain. Rather, it should be an inflection point that triggers the end of the recreational killing of wolves in British Columbia.” – National Observer

“Cheryl has done very valuable work in hours, days and more spent learning about a particular wolf.  Because of their relatively high intelligence and social connectivity, wolves have much in common with humans. This helps to tear down the unfortunate old myth of the “big bad wolf”.  Her book is an important contribution to this topic.”- Robert Bateman, artist and naturalist

“…Takaya’s story is one of resilience, survival, and adaptability, but it’s also one of beauty…” – Jezebel