Consuelo Larrabee – Bequest

For Consuelo Larrabee, a curiosity for wild things bloomed early. She remembers being fascinated by the crows in the backyard of her childhood home in Spokane, Washington. "I just loved watching how they interacted amongst themselves and with me," recalls Consuelo. "They have all kinds of different calls. They recognize faces and are so intelligent. They are comparable to wolves in this sense."

After leaving her hometown, Consuelo went on to graduate from San Francisco Art Institute and earned her Masters of Arts at Columbia University. Her career led her to teaching hearing impaired students in New York City, San Francisco and Spokane. "I've been an active Defenders of Wildlife member since the 1970s and I loved receiving the Defenders magazine. Part of the reason was because I always taught my students a wolf unit and I loved using the pictures," Consuelo continued. "I have to say, my students always loved to howl."

Consuelo's love for wolves was cemented when she joined several other supporters of Defenders on a life-changing trip to Yellowstone National Park in 2004. "Learning and seeing all the ways wolves helped restore balance to the ecosystem in Yellowstone was really powerful," Consuelo remarked.

Consuelo has since retired from her teaching career, but she still loves wild things. When she isn't volunteering for the Seattle Opera or local animal shelters, she is reading (mostly non-fiction science and geology), traveling, day hiking and listening to classical music.

Consuelo is also a member of our Wildlife Legacy Society, a special group of people who have expressed their commitment to protecting wildlife by including Defenders in their estate plans. "I truly believe Defenders is a class act because I get to support the work that I can't do myself," she continued. "I truly believe in keeping the wild in wildlife, and Defenders is number one at protecting the wild animals and places I love."

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