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 about 500 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.


Charlie, A.K.A. Cougar, Mountain Lion, Puma, came from another federally licensed facility in 2007. Charlie is named after John's favorite Walt Disney episode of "Charlie, The Lonesome Cougar" from 1967. Charlie was bottle fed as a kitten by staff and volunteers, and loves petting and scratching from his caretakers. Charlie is very vocal and greets all of our visitors. He is one of our most popular ambassadors.


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.



Yoki is a Canadian Lynx that arrived in July of 2019 from a facility in Montana. She is very sweet and loves to be around people.



A Gelding who loves to run!. Harley is believed to be about 23 years old. He was abandoned by his previous owner.






Our crazy, funny, quirky miniature Sicilian donkey who loves her free time running around the ranch! Tiamo enjoys bothering new volunteers and tipping over our wheelbarrows.


Montana is a coyote that arrived in July of 2019 from a facility in Montana. He loves attention from his female caretakers and he enjoys going for walks.



Penelope is a New World female porcupine that was obtained from a breeder in Minnesota in May 2012. Her favorite foods to eat are the leaves from willow branches and corn on the cob. We can pet Penelope from the head down!


Elroy is a Striped Skunk that arrived at BRWR in the spring of 2014. Elroy loves to snuggle and people of all ages love him.



Miwok arrived at BRWR in 2011 from a rehabber in Illinois. She was named for the Native American tribe that inhabited Yosemite National Park. Coyotes are very important to the ecological balance of the region in controlling pests, such as rabbits and rodents.


Lloyd is a striped skunk that was born in April of 2021. He was named after Lloyd Wilkiel, one of our greatest supporters. Lloyd is young and rambunctious and he loves to run, play and eat!




Nugget is a rescued goose that was dropped off anonomously as a gosling in April of 2021. He has a deformed upper beak that prevents him from feeding like other other geese do, but he is able to eat tall grasses and food from a bowl. Nugget loves to swim in the creek and follow his caretakers all around the ranch.











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