Lyn Washington - Bequest

It wasn't a trip to Yellowstone or a wolf sighting that first inspired Lyn Washington's long-standing support of Defenders. Rather, it was seeing her daughter's passion for wolves and her daughter's dedication to an animal of slightly smaller proportions—her piggy bank!

"When my daughter was 10, she became fascinated with wolf recovery programs out west," Lyn explains. "She saved up all of her allowance for quite a while so she could make a donation to the cause."

That donation sparked a similar interest for Lyn. "I've always been an animal lover," says Lyn, who lives in New Hampshire. "But it was my daughter who encouraged me to learn more about wolves and wildlife conservation."

"For me, the wolf symbolizes everything that is wild and free and independent about our world," Lyn explains. "But I'm also inspired by how wolves in a pack are dependent on each other for survival—in the same way that humans must work together to support one another and our environment to ensure our own long-term health. We're all part of one, interconnected network."

Lyn says that's why she's a member of Defenders and why she decided to include Defenders as a beneficiary of her will. "I believe that preserving our natural world is everyone's responsibility and one of the most important things we can do in our lives," she says. "Through passionate advocacy and a focus on education, Defenders is an organization that is making a real difference in the world, and I want that important work to continue long after I'm gone."

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