Our Wolves
Our Other Animals
Gone But Not Forgotten
Other Animals at Big Run Wolf Ranch

Kuma, a typical North American black bear, arrived at Big Run Wolf Ranch in March of 1999 weighing only 25 pounds and still on the bottle. Kuma was being sold illegally at a flea market in Kankakee, IL. Someone purchased him for $300.00 and took him home. Five days later he was confiscated by Will County Animal Control and donated to Big Run Wolf Ranch. He is now 7Ĺ feet tall and approaching 450 pounds. He is very affectionate to John and loves to entertain the children on field trips. One of Johnís favorite things to do is to give Kuma a good belly rub and engage in a quick wrestling match. Occasionally he will bring him his favorite treat, chocolate mint Girl Scout cookies. John says Kuma gets so excited when he sees the Girl Scout cookies that he has to feed him from outside the enclosure.


Charlie, A.K.A. Cougar, Mountain Lion, Puma, was purchased by BRWR from another federally licensed facility. John wanted a cougar for many years after watching his favorite Walt Disney episode of "Charlie, The Lonesome Cougar" in 1967. Charlie was bottle fed as a kitten by staff and volunteers, and immediately used in our education and conservation programs. Due to the tremendous support of the public, Charlie has a spectacular new enclosure, and is one of our most popular residents.


Shere Khan

Siberian Tiger, also known as, an Amur tiger from the Amur region in Siberia. Khan arrived at BRWR in December 2013 at 11 weeks of age. Because he was bottle fed as a cub, he is very affectionate and enjoys socializing with his handlers. Khan loves crowds and has an entertaining personality. The Siberian tiger is one of the most endangered animals in the world. Scientists believe that if poaching and habitat destruction are not stopped, the Siberian tiger will be extinct in the wild in 15 years. It is also believed that there are less than 400 Siberian tigers left in the wild.


Kirby Jr.

Kirby Jr., a striped skunk, arrived at BRWR in May 2010. Kirby Jr. has a friendly personality, much like the original Kirby, our very popular skunk who passed away at 12 years of age. We are happy that Kirby Jr. will continue the legacy of Kirby.



A Gelding who loves to run!. Harley is believed to be about 16 years old. He was abandoned by his previous owner.



Mahala, a purebred mid-western coyote, arrived as an orphan from a nuisance trapper. The trapper relocated the parents, and brought three rescued coyote pups to BRWR. Mahala was kept because of his wonderful personality. Mahala was named after one of our biggest supporters, Stan Michalak.




A New World male porcupine who arrived in May of 2017. He has a wonderful personality and will be a companion for Penelope.






A New World female porcupine was obtained from a breeder in Minnesota in May 2012.


A Striped Skunk that arrived at BRWR in the spring of 2014. Elroy is very spunky!


Pecos & Miwok

Brother and sister coyotes that arrived at BRWR in 2011 from a rehabber in Illinois. Pecos has adapted well to our educational programs. He will be an ambassador for changing the attitude of the public towards an animal considered to be a varmint, but is very important to the ecological balance of the region in controlling pests, such as rabbits and rodents. Miwok was named for the Native American tribe that inhabited Yosemite National Park.



Groundhog, also known as a woodchuck or whistle pig. Hal arrived at BRWR in the spring of 2014. On Groundhog Day, he predicted an early spring.













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