Voices of Victoria: Takaya - The lone wolf who inspired the world

Voices of Victoria Speaker Series: Profiling area residents doing interesting and extraordinary things.

This month we're pleased to be joined by Cheryl Alexander, the local conservation photographer and self-proclaimed amateur naturalist who brought the story of Takaya to the world.

Date:  Thursday, February 25th, 7 - 8 PM
Online via Zoom:  REGISTER HERE


Most of us are familiar with at least part of the story of Takaya’s amazing life among us. For at least 7 years, this magnificent coastal wolf survived and thrived alone on and around Discovery Island, just off Oak Bay. No one knows exactly where he came from, or why he chose to stay there, 
but his life fascinated locals and people all around the world. It felt both thrilling and a little frightening to have an apex predator living among us, and called into question what our relationship with him should look like.

One year ago, for reasons unknown, Tayaka swam to shore and made a journey through neighborhoods in Oak Bay and Victoria, and was eventually captured in a backyard in James Bay. He was relocated by conservation officers to a remote area outside Port Renfrew, and subsequently shot and killed by a hunter a couple months later.

Cheryl Alexander has been featured in many media stories including a documentary on the Nature of Things. She is striving to keep Takaya’s memory alive by forming the Takaya Legacy Project and continuing to share Takaya’ story and doing advocacy work on the awareness and protection of coastal wolves.

Cheryl will share with us what we know about Takaya and lead a discussion on how we might better co-exist with the wild creatures who share our home. 

We look forward to seeing you on the 25th - Please share widely!

Brought to you by the Victoria-Beacon Hill and Oak Bay-Gordon Head Riding Associations.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Thu. Feb 25, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rita Fromholt ·
Zoom webinar
Victoria, BC
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