Tracy Ane Brooks grew up in the mountains, outside of Boulder Colorado. An artist at heart, Tracy grew up immersed in drawing her favorite animals. Throughout her childhood, she was surrounded by animals. Tracy spent countless hours running in and exploring the forests and creeks of her home with her Alaskan Malamute and other mixed-breed dogs. Her love of animals continued after Tracy graduated high school and pursued a career in silversmith jewelry design.
In 1989 Tracy’s business “Black Wolf Sliver” donated jewelry to a developing wolf sanctuary in Southern Colorado called Mission: Wolf. That year Tracy moved to the refuge and began traveling with Kent Weber and learning to handle a wolf named Shaman.
In 1990 Tracy showed her jewelry at the Boulder Creek Festival-winning the “Peoples Choice Award” and at the Boulder’s Freedom Festival-winning “First Place.”
Tracy became instrumental in building the captive wolf sanctuary and solar-powered nature center. Pursuing her love of art and animals and sharing it with the world along the way. Tracy’s most significant contribution was her work with the wolves. With her partner Kent, their program reached countless of everyday people through seated events for more than 25 years. During that time Tracy learned simple and effective ways to handle feral behavior. Successfully helping the wolves to be calm, and happy in un-natural situations.
With the intent of helping wild wolf awareness, habitat protection and Mission: Wolf, Tracy walked wolves into numerous Schools, Universities, Nature Centers, Libraries, Prison facilities and much more. Also, reaching millions of people through media venues nationwide. T.V. news segments on ABC, CBS class of 2000 & The NBC Today Show, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood show. Public and cable network specials and a Los Lobo’s concert stage, on E-Town Radio.
An award-winning photographer, Tracy provided film footage of wolves howling that has appeared several times on The “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in a segment skit called “Cell phone Shootout” with the “Wolf Waker.” She and Kent, appeared as a background wolf experts, on Cesar Milan’s Dog Whisperer, Episode 619, “Wolf Dogs out of the Wild” That aired; Oct 29th, 2010.
In 2015, the Travel Channel website featured Tracy in a special titled “The Gray Wolf” http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/the-way-i-see-it/video/pov-the-gray-wolf
Possessing a deep understanding of the instinctual connection we share with animals takes a lot of time, patience, and experience. And a decade after Tracy began her work with wolves, horses came into her life. Desiring to discover for herself the magic behind “horse whispering” Tracy embarked on an in-depth study of all things horse. During that time she learned the best lesson was to listen to the horse to resolve, feral behaviors. Horses, humans, and wolves all share the instinct of flight, fight, and freeze. And by using body language and intuition Tracy has developed trust with these animals, beyond anything she could have dreamed possible.
Since the publication of “A Walk in Connection” in December of 2014, Tracy teaches and shares the lessons she has learned from working with wolves and horses. To simplify and deepen the relationship with their animal companions, and help work with feral animals confidently. “A Walk in Connection” has gone on to become a permanent curriculum for a nearby Community College animal behavior and zoology class. In 2016, “A Walk in Connection” won Best Book Awards, Finalist in Reader’s Favorite Book Awards, Finalist in International Book Awards. And in 2017 winner Book Excellence Awards, and Honorable Mention Reader’s Favorite Book Awards.