DIVIDE – A wolf-dog hybrid living at an animal sanctuary in Teller County is being featured on the tail of a Frontier Airlines jet. The low-fare carrier based in Denver is known for the animals on their fleet of aircraft. They decided to feature “Chinook” on the tail of their 100th aircraft to its all-Airbus fleet. The wolf-dog is shown with a starry night backdrop.
The aircraft’s namesake, ‘Chinook the Gray Wolf,’ was a female wolf-dog hybrid that was rescued in 1993 hours before she was to be euthanized because of her ‘wolf-hybrid’ label. The wolf’s rescue became the impetus for the creation of the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, located in Divide, Colorado. Chinook, unfortunately, passed away in 2007, but her legacy continues to drive awareness and conservation efforts for the species.
While you can probably catch a glimpse of Chinook on the aircraft, it might be easier to visit Chinook’s friends by heading up Highway 24. Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center offers tours of the facility. Click on the link above for more details.