The animals that populate the WildWalk Parade don’t emerge fully formed that morning. They evolve slowly over time behind the scenes.
This year, as the walk comes out of a two-year hibernation on Saturday, Craig Menteer decided on a species he thinks is misunderstood.
Menteer, who in 1992 co-founded the parade that kicks off the International Wildlife Film Festival, is building a wolf from scratch. Not a small one, although it is a puppet. It’s roughly 6.5 feet tall at the shoulder, and from nose to tail measures around 10 feet.
Back in 2019, the last year the parade was held, he made a wolf, but it was cardboard and “clunky,” he said. “I wanted to make something that was more animated.”
“I am a theater person, so if the puppet’s more alive it gives you a chance to be a little more theatrical in the parade,” he said.
The species is “getting a bad rap,” so he decided if the creation had “the magic of theater,” it might find a longer life after the parade and get used for advocacy projects.
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