Takaya

Takaya

Lone Wolf

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Perseus Publishing

"I hope that this book will help create a better and more informed relationship between humans and wolves.”
—Jane Goodall

"Takaya: Lone Wolf is a beautiful chronicle of photographer and author Cheryl Alexander’s relationship with a solo wild wolf living on a series of uninhabited islands in British Columbia."
—Barbara J. Moritsch, author of Wolf Time

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.


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

Heritage Books

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.



Association of Canadian Publishers

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. This wolf is culturally significant for the Songhees, and some believe he embodies the spirit of Chief Robert Sam, who died close to the same time that the wolf appeared in the islands. Over half of the largest island is a marine park and is used primarily by kayakers and other small pleasure boaters.

The existence of this beautiful being in such an odd place leads to many questions:

  • How did Cheryl Alexander come to know Takaya, and what is her relationship with the wolf?
  • Why has Takaya chosen a solitary life on these islands, so close to human habitation?
  • What current issues or threats face Takaya, and how can they be mediated through compassionate coexistence and conservation?
  • Why is Takaya’s story important, and what is the relevance of his story to wolf conservation in British Columbia and the Salish Sea ecosystem?
  • Through journal entries, interviews, and a stunning collection of photography, Takaya: Lone Wolf answers these 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.



    Publisher: [Victoria, British Columbia] :, Rocky Mountain Books Ltd.,, [2020]
    Edition: First edition
    Description: 192 pages : colour illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
    Copyright Date: ©2020
    ISBN: 9781771603737
    Branch Call Number: 599.773 Ale

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