More About Us
The success of Tree King Trees is largely due to the fact that Paul Pondella has an innate, intuitive affinity for trees. Some go so far as to say that he knows how to talk to them. He understands and respects them. But, his connection to living things does not stop there.
Besides nurturing and rescuing trees, Paul has a love affair with wild animals. Paul became certified in CPR and First-Aid with animals and quickly became well-known for this ability and started getting calls to rescue wild animals, in particular, wolves. In caring for the wolves he became aware of their plight as an endangered species and has now made it his mission to inform and educate others, starting with children, on the importance of saving these magnificent, loving creatures who have been feared and misunderstood for centuries and save the species forever.
Paul’s dream project called “Shadowland Foundation” is being created for this purpose. Knowing he could not accomplish his dream alone, he enlisted help from the species itself. Paul is the proud owner of three wolf hybrids - Shadow, Allie and Takoda. They are Alaskan Timberwolves, Shadow and Allie (short for Alaska) are four year old females and Takoda (Sioux for “friend to everyone”) is our newest male pup growing bigger every day. They have been trained and prepared to work in public venues as well as film and television. Our “pack” is appearing and performing at private events and parties all over the greater Los Angeles area until a site can be procured for the foundation. Meeting the “pack” in this way helps familiarize children and adults alike as to their gentle nature. The adventurous undertaking has begun.
If you would like more information about how to host a Shadowland Foundation event and personally meet Shadow, Allie and Takoda, please call:
Shadowland Foundation, Inc.
All proceeds from their personal appearances help fund the Shadowland Foundation, Inc. educational programs.
Play a Part
In 1995 and 1996, after a 75-year absence, wolves were re-introduced and released in Yellowstone National Park, their territories ranging from northwest Montana to central Idaho to western Wyoming. As a result, it was proven that the wolves’ presence is crucial to the balance of the ecosystem. Simply put, the park without the wolves isn’t natural. They provide healthier conditions for a multitude of species. Today, other mammals, birds, fish, insects and plants are flourishing in the park due to the re-entry of wolves into the park. In observing the wolves it has been documented that their living habits mimic those of humans, living in well organized communities, protecting each other and they mate for life.
Sadly, on March 28, 2008 the wolves were removed from the endangered species list. Environmentalists were able to delay the action and temporarily put them back on the list in June of 2008. During that short amount of time over 100 wolves were shot and killed. During that short amount of time over 100 wolves were shot and killed. Considering there are no more than 1,500 left in that region, that number is a travesty and unacceptable. On May 4, 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was able to push through and delist the wolves and leave their fate to individual states. The intention is to bring that number down to 300 without any consideration for the scientifically proven detriment to the environment as a whole. It will take a great amount of public awareness and outcry to keep this species from being eradicated once again. US Fish and Wildlife Service cannot step in unless their numbers drop to near extinction again.
Under the former governorship of Sarah Palin, aerial and trophy hunters cruelly killed hundreds of Alaskan wolves, including pups; these attacks are escalating every day. Although this policy is unpopular with the Alaskan population who happily welcome Ecotourism, we are anxious to see what the new policy will be with the new Alaskan governor.
Environmental organizations are legally fighting for the wolves protection, again, but they need help. To become an advocate or for further information on how you can help save the wolves please visit the following sites: