Paula Ficara & Steve Wastell

Apex Protection Project, a Los Angeles based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was created in 2015 to save the wolf species through education, rescue and advocacy. Co-Founders Paula Ficara and Steve Wastell are the driving force behind this mission, and their approach to advocacy has been shaped by the unique experiences that lead them to dedicating their lives to this service.

In 2009, Paula and Steve began working closely with captive-born wolves and wolfdogs at a local sanctuary. While volunteering, and eventually becoming the first staff members, they discovered the wolf’s gentle nature, intelligence, and vital importance to the ecosystem. This discovery drove them to learn more about the ongoing mass genocide inflicted on wolves by humankind and fueled their desire to see that genocide come to an end. Six years later, Apex was born.

Steve and Paula’s unique approach evolved naturally out of their years of professional acting experience as well as working in the hospitality industry, bringing a sensitivity, creativity and personal touch to their work. Their success stems from acknowledging the importance of connecting people to wolves on an emotional level, focusing on the humanities, while also sharing biological and ecological facts about this essential keystone species.

Since it's conception, Apex has helped rescue over 250 captive-born wolfdogs, reached thousands of people through educational programming, and continues to advocate for wolves in the wild.

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