For Immediate Release
June 9, 2017
FOR CANADA’s 150th ANNIVERSARY, WILDLIFE FILMMAKER MATT PAPROSKI IS APPEARING WITH WOLVES: ‘TIMBER’ AS MASCOT OF THOMPSON, MANITOBA, “WOLF CAPITAL OF THE WORLD”; AND ‘AURORA’, AS GUEST OF HONOR AT THEIR “AURORAFEST: CELEBRATING CANADA’S WILDERNESS AND WILDLIFE”.
(September 16-24, 2017)
Thompson, Manitoba, Canada: “Who would have thought wolves Timber and Aurora, rescued as pups from being prey on a captive game hunting farm, would on their journey through life end up as global ambassadors for Thompson, Manitoba, the Wolf Capital of the World?” asks filmmaker Matthew Todd Paproski of Wildlife Wranglers Productions. He says: “Three years ago we became aware of community-based group, Spirit Way Inc. in Thompson, Manitoba with a bold plan to be Wolf Capital of the World and are pleased they are now working with us. Working with Spirit Way allows us to finish filming the recent adventure of our lives as Wildlife Wranglers that involved ten long, hard years of raising wolves. Thompson provides a perfect ending where the wolves end up howling with civic and aboriginal leaders.”
Marion Morberg, President of Spirit Way Inc. says “This is a perfect time to have wolves appear as guests in Thompson. They will be introduced to residents and visitors and help educate the public about the importance of this apex predator in the wilderness, its essential role in a balanced ecosystem and why wolves need not to be feared or maligned. This is an ideal wildlife story that can be told to the world. We foresee benefits for the animals and a legacy for the community”.
Thompson is in northern Manitoba and surrounded by vast pristine boreal forest with a vibrant wolf population. The city is the gateway for many wildlife visitors and researchers from around the globe who stream to Churchill, Manitoba, known as the Polar Bear and Beluga Whale Capital of the World. With all the controversial issues in the news such as wolf culling in western Canada and the USA, it makes educational and marketing sense to film a story of rescued wolves on a journey to appear at new sanctuary in Thompson, “Aurora and Timber will become Thompson’s ambassadors in the conservation world,” commented Paproski. “Our wolves will also greatly enjoy exploring the new wolf habitat at the Boreal Discovery Centre, with its natural spaces and features that meet international standards”.
Morberg states, “So far Spirit Way Inc. has raised over $1 million for a variety of wolf initiatives, such as school education projects, the world’s largest lighted mural of a Robert Bateman wolf painting, 49 wolf statues painted by artists used in a province-wide “GPS Wolf Hunt” and other projects. Our focus now is to create a Wolf Centre of Excellence with a vision of best practices in all things wolf. Our organization is excited about the synergy created working with Matthew who offers things that benefit our education and research programs. We are confident in his experience as entrepreneur, wildlife filmmaker and wrangler”.
Matthew Todd Paproski is a respected filmmaker of TV specials Fire Attack with host William Shatner and Cougar Crossings with music by David Bowie; host of TV series Wildlife Wranglers in Canada, Europe, Russia, Africa, Israel and the Middle East; and head of Starland Studios in Drumheller, Alberta.
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