Takaya sunset


Cheryl Alexander


I am a conservation photographer and amateur naturalist living on the edge of the Salish Sea where I make my life with my partner David Green (scientist / entrepreneur), our three grown daughters and their partners, and three precious grandchildren.  And, 6 years ago I fell in love with a wolf…


And so, for the past six years I have observed and documented the life of Takaya, a lone wild wolf living on a nearby group of islands.  Through visual documentation and storytelling, I have captured the life of this remarkable creature. It is my hope that his story will  inspire passion and action to protect wolves and the wilderness that remains on our earth.


Prior to this stage in my life, I lived and worked in the Maritimes, Fiji and Egypt as well as onboard our sailboat ‘Aries’ in the Caribbean, Cuba, Panama & Colombia.  In my ‘previous life’ I worked as an environmental educator, consultant and facilitator for over 35 years. After teaching Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, my consulting work focused primarily on policy and program development with a specialty in stakeholder involvement and consultation in environmental decision-making.  I currently work worldwide to ensure protection of wilderness and wildlife.  My past projects have included protection of the Wild Coast in South Africa and a more local initiative proposing the Salish Sea as a World Heritage site.  


I have now completed a book about the life of Takaya and my experiences with him. Children’s books for three different age levels are also in progress. Since the killing of Takaya in March 2020, I am even more strongly committed to using the legacy of Takaya to make a difference for wolves and wilderness.


Find me, and more about Takaya, on social media:


Facebook page for Takaya



Instagram for Takaya



Instagram for Cheryl’s Photography



Website for Cheryl’s Photography and to purchase photographic prints


Cheryl Alexander