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
Jan@yukonwildlife.ca

Accounts

  • Accounts Payable
  • Bookkeeping
  • Billing

Please contact our bookkeeper:

Sheila Downey
1-866-975-3033
accounts@yukonwildlife.ca

Connect With Our Team

Jake Paleczny

Jake Paleczny

Executive Director/ CEO

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

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

Jan Möller

Jan Möller

Animal Care Manager

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 now find Jan working in this Animal Care Manager role (since Spring 2024). Outside of work, he spends his time with his family, his partner and their two kids.

867-456-7328
 Jan@yukonwildlife.ca

Ensio Lera

Ensio Lera

Outdoor Operations Coordinator

Ensio joined the team at the preserve in 2019, and worked there for 2 years before leaving to pursue his commercial pilots licence. He is happy to be back in 2022 as an Outdoor Operations Assistant. 

Ensio was born in raised in Whitehorse and was home schooled in Mt. Lorne. As a teenager he had a strong interest in wilderness, photography, and obtaining his private pilots license. Some of his hobbies include computers, wood working, electrical, mechanics as well as film photography. He loves fixing things that are broken!

He spent a lot of time growing up with his family in the outdoors. They would often go on kayaking and canoeing trips, as well as hunting trips. Ensio also spent a lot of time caring for farm animals such as chickens and ducks.

Nowadays, Ensio is focusing on his wildlife photography, commercial pilots license, and settling in to his new home with his partner. 
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 more than 30 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.

867-456-7328
randy@yukonwildlife.ca

Neil Tracey

Neil Tracey

Manager Education and Programming

Neil is an interpreter and biologist who has worked in wildlife rehabilitation, interpretation, and education. He joined the team in early 2023 from Vancouver. In his spare time he teaches first aid and grows far more plants than he has space for at home.

867-334-3338
 Neil@yukonwildlife.ca

Brittney Forsythe

Brittney Forsythe

Visitor Services Coordinator

Brittney joined the Wildlife preserve in the summer of 2023. Growing up on Northern Vancouver Island, surrounded by the temperate rainforest, nature and animals have always been a part of her life. It exploded into a passion, when she started her dog walking business in 2017 and she began spending 6-7 days a week in the forest, rain or shine! This sparked an even deeper appreciation for the cyclical nature of the land and how all of the plants & animals work together symbiotically. She is forever ‘that girl’ on the hike, pointing out different rocks and plants, explaining their origin or what they could be used for medicinally. Brittney and her dog Cedar relocated to the Yukon to help care for 31 sled dogs. She is so excited to expand her local knowledge as a part of the Preserve team.

867-456-7400
 Brittney@yukonwildlife.ca

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! 

Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter

Senior Wildlife Interpreter

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.

Megan Hopkins

Megan Hopkins

Wildlife Interpreter + Animal Care Assistant

Megan joined the Preserve in May 2022. She came to the Yukon for the summer from southern Ontario. She has graduated from the University of Guelph, majoring in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. She will soon be enrolled in a Masters of Wildlife Biology program as well. Megan has had a love for animals her whole life and always dreamed about working with wildlife. As a traveller at heart, she made it her mission to see this beautiful territory for herself.

Fergus Larkin

Fergus Larkin

Forester - Educator

Fergus joined the Preserve in May 2023. He has a background working in interpretation and education at Heritage Park in Calgary for multiple seasons. Fergus has a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Calgary. He is passionate about conservation, and is interested in the relationship between wildlife and their habitat.
 Jeremie Martel

Jeremie Martel

Outdoor Operations Assistant & Animal Care Technician

Jérémie was born and raised in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. After working in accounting for a while, he realized he didn’t want to spend his life in an office while travelling in South-East Asia. Because
he likes them so much, he always knew he wanted to be close to animals. He now studies Marine Biology at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. He came to the Yukon in search of a rewarding experience for the summer in 2023 and fell in love with the mission and mindset of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve so he’s back for the 2024 Summer season. On his days off you can find Jérémie skiing, diving, or hiking.

Seth Brown

Seth Brown

Senior Wildlife Interpreter

Having joined the team in early 2022, Seth is a passionate educator and interpreter committed to making both learning and nature accessible (and fun!) to anyone that walks through our gates. You can find him on skis in the winter, in a canoe during the summers, and playing year-round with his three stinky dogs. 

Meagan Markus

Meagan Markus

Wildlife Interpreter

Meagan grew up between Ontario and Quebec, dreaming of vast forests and animal encounters. After joining the preserve in the winter of 2024, she now gets to enjoy animal encounters and behaviour on the regular. Meagan studies Northern Conservation and Environmental Sciences at YukonU and is working on her bachelors degree. Her favourite ecosystems include boreal forest, alpine tundra, and rainforests. Her favourite animal at the preserve is the muskox. When not working you can find Meagan hiking with her dog, doing puzzles, and/or snacking. 

Florent Morency

Florent Morency

Wildlife Educator

Florent Morency is a student, podcaster, and future biologist from Québec. He has come from Rimouski to discover the Yukon and share his passion for animals and nature. Soon he will have his bachelor’s in biology with honors for a research project on sea urchins’ physiology. Always looking forward to learning new things he joined the education team ready to get new experiences.

Mags Lloyd

Mags Lloyd

Wildlife Educator

Mags joined the Preserve May of 2024, coming up from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Taking post secondary at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Integrated Resources Management. mags loves learning and sharing about wildlife and being outside as much as possible!

Melissa Mark

Melissa Mark

Animal Care Technician

Melissa is happy to be back at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for a second summer season. She was born and raised in the Yukon but has spent the last chunk of her life in B.C. living on a sailboat with her partner Eric an plan to go on a big trip one day. She just finished a diploma program studying Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is looking forward to the new experiences this summer and grateful to be back and part of the animal care team.

Ella Pollock Shepherd

Ella Pollock Shepherd

Animal Care Technician

Ella is studying at the University of British Colombia in Kelowna, studying Indigenous Studies as a Major and French as her minor. She was born in Ontario, Ottawa, and her parents moved her sister and her to the Yukon at age  7 and her family hasn’t left since. Ella loves nothing more than being out in nature camping, fishing, hunting, and exploring. She has lways had a great love for all animals and is back for the Summer 2024 season.

Thanks for your years of dedication! 

Dr. Maria Hallock

Dr. Maria Hallock

2001- 2024 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 dedicated 23 years to the Preserve and the animals. 

Maureen Peterson

Maureen Peterson

2013 - 2023 Wildlife Interpreter

Happy Retirement (actually) Maureen! We have been so grateful to have you on the team for 10 years!

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

2014 - 2023 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.

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