I’ve been a fan of ethical furrier Ambika Conroy for years – she makes “friendly fur” coats, hats, scarves and stoles by brushing her pet angora bunnies, collecting their fur, and then knitting it into super lux cold weather accessories. Growing up as an animal-loving child, Ambika knew there must be a way to create kinder and more compassionate versions of winter weather necessities, and when she got her first angora rabbit back in 2002, she realized she’d found the answer. Now, 11 years later, Ambika is living the eco-entrepreneur/farmer dream on her angora bunny farm up in The Catskills, New York, with 13 English and Satin angora rabbits, merino sheep, two angora goats, chickens and a dog and a cat.
When I first stumbled across Ambika’s story on eco-fashion website Ecouterre, I knew I had to meet her and visit her bunny farm some day. But Woodridge, NY (where her farm is located) is quite a schlep (2 hours) from my home in Manhattan, and over the years I never quite found the time. So when Subaru asked me to go on an “adventure roulette” and pick an adventure to do in my local area, I jumped at the chance and told them I wanted to go to Ambika’s Bunny Farm!
What I didn’t realize, however, is that there’s always a twist to an “adventure roulette” – I guess that’s where the “roulette” part comes in! So my assigned surprise twist is that I will also be making a side trip to a nearby wolf sanctuary as well! This coming weekend, I will be hitting up Ambika’s compassionate bunny fur farm and the NY Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY It seems somewhat fitting, in a way, that my first visit will be to check out adorable little fluffy little carrot munchers, and my second visit, right after that, will be to view beautiful wild carnivores who would probably love to snack on those very same bunnies. I love animals – both wild and domestic – so the wolf sanctuary was a perfect choice for an adventure roulette twist. Before this adventure roulette, actually, I also had no idea even that wolf sanctuaries existed and that there was one right near New York City. Turns out that there are actually wolf sanctuaries all over the place, with quite a few in the Tri-State area. Who knew?
I’m very excited for my adventure roulette, and looking forward to sharing it with you, dear readers, in a video post coming soon. My 5 year old son Petey is coming with me too and he can’t wait to tell you about the bunnies and wolves. Stay tuned!