General Info and Bookings

  • General inquiries
  • Bus Tour bookings

867-456-7300 (Front Reception Cabin)
info@yukonwildlife.ca

For special bookings, rentals, events, VIP tours, and commercial film & photography please contact:

Admin Office
867-456-7400
info@yukonwildlife.ca

Programming and Education

  • Nature Camps
  • School Programs
  • Children’s programming
  • Outreach

867-334-3338
education@yukonwildlife.ca

Animal Care and Wildlife Rehabilitation

  • Injured Wildlife? Go here first.
  • Our staff are often out caring for our animals. Please leave a message.

867-456-7328
maria@yukonwildlife.ca

Accounts

  • Accounts Payable
  • Bookkeeping
  • Billing

Please contact our bookkeeper:

Sheila Downey
867-334-9221
accounts@yukonwildlife.ca

Connect With Our Team

Lindsay Caskenette

Lindsay Caskenette

Manager of Visitor Services

Lindsay joined the Wildlife Preserve team March 2014. Originally from Ontario, she came to the Yukon in search of new adventures and new career challenges. Lindsay holds a degree in Environmental Studies with honours from Wilfrid Laurier University and brings with her a strong passion to share what nature, animals and the environment can teach us.

867-456-7400
lindsay@yukonwildlife.ca

Dr. Maria Hallock

Dr. Maria Hallock

Veterinarian & Animal Curator

Dr. Maria Hallock was born in Russia where she volunteered at the local zoo as a child. In 1995 she graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with honours from the University of Novosibirsk in Russia. Maria gained veterinary experience while working in zoos in Russia, Switzerland and Austria, before joining the Preserve team in 2001. Maria is devoted to animal care and brings extensive captive animal experience to her position. She is an invaluable member of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve team.

867-456-7328
 maria@yukonwildlife.ca

Jake Paleczny

Jake Paleczny

Executive Director

Jake Paleczny is passionate about interpretation and education. He gained his interpretative expertise from a decade of work in Ontario’s provincial parks in addition to a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. His interests also extend into the artistic realm, with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and extensive experience in galleries and museums.

867-456-7313
jake@yukonwildlife.ca

Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter

Visitor Services Coordinator

Rebecca joined the Wildlife Preserve in the summer of 2020 after moving from Manitoba to the beautiful and wild Yukon. Rebecca earned a degree in Biology with honours from the University of Winnipeg studying behaviour in mule deer (one of her top 20 favourite animals.. it’s hard to choose!). She loves connecting with others through nature and sharing stories and knowledge about the animals at the preserve with visitors.

867-456-7400
rebecca@yukonwildlife.ca

Randy Hallock

Randy Hallock

Manager of Outdoor Operations

Randy Hallock was raised in a small farming community in Alberta, where he gathered the experience that makes him so valuable to the preserve. Our longest serving staff member, he answered the call of the preserve 25 years ago. Since then, he has been dedicated to the smooth operation of the Preserve and the well-being of the animals that call it home. Randy's long term experience and dedication make him the backbone of the Preserve's operations.

867-335-3130
randy@yukonwildlife.ca

Madison Rushton

Madison Rushton

Manager Programming and Education

Madison rejoined the Preserve’s team March, 2022; she was once a Wildlife Educator at the Preserve in November, 2017. In the meantime, Madison spent time pursuing other experiences working with children and youth where she gained knowledge from various perspectives, and is extremely excited about returning to the Preserve!

Originally from Nanaimo, BC born and raised in, Madison  attended the University of Victoria where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a Biology Major, Psychology Minor. She visited the Yukon once during the bustling midnight summer sun season and, again, during the winter season. Yearning for more of what the Yukon had to offer, she decided to move up to Whitehorse the following spring having graduated university…. ever since, Madison has continued to explore and share with others all the Yukon has to offer! 

867-334-3338
Education@yukonwildlife.ca

Erica Sisson

Erica Sisson

Animal Care Assistant

Erika joined the team, as an Animal Care Assistant, fall of 2021. She grew up on a diary farm in Southwestern Ontario where her love for animals all began and brought her here with us in the North.

She spent the beginning of her working career taking care of dairy cattle and volunteering in Veterinary Clinics.  As her love for animals kept growing Erika decided to expand her knowledge and experience to include non-domesticated animals and wildlife as well. She went back to college in 2020 to take the Fish and Wildlife technician program that opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

When she’s not at work caring for the animals, Erika loves exploring nature with her dog and friends, enjoying comedy and the arts, or reading as many books as possible.

Meridyth Hardy

Meridyth Hardy

Animal Care Assistant

Meridyth grew up in Calgary, AB before moving to Truro, NS for school in 2019. She will be entering her fourth and final year of an Animal Science degree at Dalhousie’s agricultural campus this year. After completing her degree Meridyth plans on applying for vet school. Over the last three years sje has been working full time and part time on a variety of agricultural operations including: dairy’s, cow-calf (beef), layer barns (egg production), and with small ruminants (sheep & goats). Meridyth also spent the previous summer as a research assistant on a mink farm, looking at improving welfare of the mink housed there.

Meridyth came up to the Yukon for the summer to join the Animal Care team at the Preserve – for Meridyth it is a great opportunity to gain experience and knowledge working with and pursuing a lifelong passion for wildlife. It is also a fantastic opportunity to explore the Yukon wilderness.

Doug Caldwell

Doug Caldwell

Wildlife Interpreter

Doug is one of the Interpretive Wildlife Guides here at the Preserve. Doug has been an incredible member of this team since Spring 2017. He’s an avid angler and hunter he has a broad knowledge of Yukon’s wilderness and the creatures that live here. With a focus on the young visitors to the Preserve, Doug takes the extra time to help our guests to better appreciate the many wonders of the animal kingdom here in the Yukon.

Pete Neilson

Pete Neilson

Wildlife Interpreter

‘Sir’ Pete grew up in suburban Southern Ontario north of Toronto. In the late 80’s, he followed the lure of London and Service to the Yukon. ‘Sir’ Pete has lived off grid in the Yukon all along from a wall tent and later a tepee in his earlier years and now a small cabin near Twin lakes. He guided wilderness canoe trips many years in the 90’s and early 2000’s and got his first sled dog in ’91; currently he has 15 dogs for recreational mushing. ‘Sir’ Pete enjoys being at home or out with his dogs as much as he can. Pete has been a dedicated long standing Preserve team member since January 2015 – someone’s got to work to feed those dogs!

Andrew Penley

Andrew Penley

Wildlife Interpreter

Andrew is originally from a small town south of Ottawa, Ontario. He has had a love for all animals since he could walk, except chickens! Andrew grew up on a farm with horses, chickens ( how he gained a dislike for them) cats and dogs. He moved up to the Yukon with his fiancée at the start of November 2021 to help his family with their property in the beautiful Fox Lake area! His work as a Wildlife Interpreter combines two of his favorite things, talking to new people and hanging out with animals. He hopes to be working for the YWP for a long time to come like many of the other Interpreters and other management crew! 

Erin Cartan

Erin Cartan

Wildlife Educator

Erin joined the wildlife preserve in February 2022. After living in a van exploring the country she moved to the Yukon from Ontario to continue exploring new parts of Canada and to get involved with outdoor education. She is very passionate about child & youth work and connecting young people with their natural surroundings. 
Seth Brown

Seth Brown

Wildlife Educator

Passionate about the environment and education, Seth has been working as an environmental educator since 2017. With a diploma in Natural Science and Natural/Cultural Interpretation from Algonquin College, he hopes to continue his studies this fall in Environmental Science and Conservation at Yukon University. Off the preserve, you can find him playing in the mountains; on skis in the winter and with a paddle in the summer. Having moved to the Yukon and joined the preserve in April 2022, he’s excited to learn and explore!
Jenna Bell

Jenna Bell

Wildlife Educator

Jenna joined the Wildlife Preserve team in May 2022. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, she decided to move to the Yukon after falling in love with the landscape on a university field course in the North. Jenna graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Conservation Sciences. She is excited to share her environmental background and passion for education with visitors to the Preserve. 
Jan Möller

Jan Möller

Animal Care Assistant

Jan joined the team August 2020.  After falling in love with the Yukon’s wilderness during a working holiday year in 2012, he went back to his home country Germany to get a degree as a poultry specialist. In 2018, his knowledge and passion for working with animals led him back to the Yukon where he worked at local farms and gained experience working with horses, cows and sheep. Jan is passionate about caring for the animals – big and small and especially enjoys being a part of the journey for those animals that come through the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre be released back into the wild.

You can find Jan around the Preserve on the weekends. During the week he spends his time with his family, his partner and their two kids, a boy and a girl while he takes Parental Leave. Come August 2022 he will take on full-time work with the Preserve. 

Maureen Peterson

Maureen Peterson

Wildlife Interpreter

Maureen is originally from North Vancouver, BC, where she lived for the first 20 years of her  life. In grade 5 she did a project about the Yukon, which is when she decided to go there. It was at age 20, and the day after she was married, that she finally moved North.  The Yukon was everything the 10 year old Maureen thought it would be and she has never had any desire to move anywhere else. Maureen has been a dedicated long-term member of the team since November 2013.

Johanne Maisonneuve

Johanne Maisonneuve

Wildlife Interpreter

Johanne joined the Wildlife Preserve in the Fall of 2014 as a wildlife Interpreter in the winter. In the summer she is a visitor attendant at Kluane National Park and Reserve. Passionate about the outdoors, she has spent a lot of her time learning about the ways of the land throughout the Yukon in the 40 years + she has lived in the territory. A cabin dweller at heart, she now enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with visitors from all over the world who come to visit the Wildlife Preserve. 

Liam Oster

Liam Oster

Wildlife Interpreter

Megan Hopkins

Megan Hopkins

Wildlife Interpreter & Animal Care Assistant

Megan joined the Preserve in May 2022. She came to the Yukon for the summer, originally from a city outside of Toronto. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Guelph, majoring in Animal Biology and minoring in Zoology. Megan has had a love for animals her whole life and always dreamed about working with wildlife. 

Megan’s parents met in Dawson City in 1994 so she grew up hearing countless amazing stories about the Yukon. As a traveller at heart, although she has lived in big cities her entire life, she made it her mission to see this beautiful territory for herself.

Erin McBryan

Erin McBryan

Wildlife Interpreter & Animal Care Assistant

Erin is a longtime Yukoner and has spent her childhood paddling, cycling, hiking and riding horses. She has two horses. She has a passion for the outdoors and the animals who inhabit it. This summer she will be sharing her love of the outdoors and animals with the public as a Wildlife Interpreter and supporting the care of the animal two days a week as an Animal Care Assistant.
Matthias Clyde-Lien

Matthias Clyde-Lien

Outdoor Operations Assistant

Matthias is a born and raised yukoner. He joined the Preserve in September 2021 as an Outdoor Operations Assistant. Winter 2021-2022 Matthias hadbeen pretty dedicated to snow removal work thanks to the territory’s incredible snowfall accumulation. Before joining the team here he worked with neighbourhood organization, Sundog Veggies! Before that, Matthias traveled through Canada and Asia but having grown up in the Yukon Matthias developed a strong passion for backpacking and bow hunting here in his home Territory.

Ole Heath

Ole Heath

Outdoor Operations Assistant

Ole was born and raised a Yukoner, living in both small communities and the capital city of Whitehorse. Playing soccer at the highest level was something Ole always enjoyed doing. He has played soccer in the big cities of Vancouver and Toronto, and also a short time in Arizona, USA. Fall 2022, Ole will be going to UBC in Vancouver to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in hopes to one day become a physiotherapist.  Ole’s family has always had animals, whether it be as small as a bird or as big as a horse, and to work for the Preserve provides Ole the opportunity to give back to them. 

Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth

Outdoor Operations Assistant

Andrew originally started working at the Wildlife Preserve in summer 2021 as a seasonal crew member, and he’s back again for 2022! Andrew grew up in Whitehorse and attended Vanier Catholic Secondary school. After high school he briefly attended Yukon University before transferring to the University of Northern British Columbia to pursue a degree in psychology. Outside of work he enjoys activities such as snowboarding, hiking, and basketball.  Andrew is also a casual runner – before working for the Preserve he took part in the Preserve’s Annual Run Wild 5km Fundraiser events in the past and multiple times placed in the top 5! 

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