Kei the Wolf, was a North American Timber Wolf who was born in April of 1992. In July of 1992, she and her
brother were brought to Japan to spend the rest of their lives at the Okinawa Children's Zoo. Her brother
passed on not too long after this and she would live the rest of her life alone.
12 years later, a campaign was hatched by Earl Bingley (Canadian Voice for Animals) and Greg Leisure to get
her set free. By this time she was living in a 7 x 5 meter cage.
(Kei in her 7 x 5 cage)
The zoo basically let her pace around for years under constant stress in a super-small environment. She had
nothing to occupy herself with and was constantly subjected to jeers from people who saw her at the zoo.
The campaign was to initially get her released from the zoo and brought to possible Wolf Sanctuaries in
Colorado, such as Mission Wolf. However the owner of the zoo, Higa Genwa, and their staff were un-
cooperative. Despite emails, cards, and protests from all around the world, including Japan, they refused to
release her. We even tried to take this matter to the Mayor, Nakasone Masakazu, and the former Prime
Minister of Japan, Koizumi Junichiro. But they ignored Kei and her suffering.
In July of 2005 PETA would get involved as well, sending their own letters to ask for the release of Kei. Soon
after awhile it was deduced that Kei unfortunately had gotten too old and transporting her would kill her. So
the focus of the campaign changed to getting her better living conditions.
Ultimately she got them in September in 2005. She finally had a bigger enclosure to move around. She had
toys, a pool and finally a place to leave the presence of humans should she want to avoid them. She would
finally be able to somewhat live in better conditions until June of 2006. Recent reports in December of 2006
were sent to us and they indeed verified that Kei died on June 8, 2006. Although she died alone, she wasn't
ultimately alone because of those who fought so hard for her.
As a result, we at Heart of the Wolf our honoring Kei for her courage, bravery, and being able to endure some
of the worst horrors anyone has experienced. We also want to commemerate the long hard battle that
citizens around the world waged to see that she would be either released or given better living conditions for
the rest of her life. We could not have done it without you.
Kei had a Japanese name and since she lived in Japan for so long was a citizen, I decided to give her in honor
of her, a Kanji character for her name (since she didn't have one). That character is 恵 and that character
means many words. It means: blessing, grace, favor, kindness, mercy, benevolence, chairty, bless, show
mercy to, render benevolence to. I feel that is what Kei embodied and what those who fought so hard for her
showed towards her in return.
In honor of the campaign that was waged to fight for her, I am keeping up the old Kei Website that shows the
struggle for her, and her struggle to survive in her prison.
That url is here: http://www.heartofthewolf.org/Kei.htm
I want to personally thank all those who were involved with helping Kei and thanks for your efforts to get her
better living conditions.
Finally, since Kei has no grave, we at Heart of the Wolf are going to give her one here on this Memorial Site,
also in honor of her.
Note: This website was not created by Earl Bingley or Greg Leisure. This was created by Heart of the Wolf
Organization. However both have stopped by and of course left their blessings. Fitting for two great men who
helped get Kei better living conditions at the end of a troubled, suffering life.
PLEASE SIGN THE KEI THE MEMORIAL GUEST BOOK