Seacrest Wolf Preserve, Chipley

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Seacrest Wolf Preserve, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to wolf conservation and preservation of this important keystone species through education based on science and research.
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  • My husband and I really enjoyed our visit to the preserve. You can be up close to the wolves and actually pet them. We learned so much about these incredible animals. You can bring a picnic and they p...  more »
  • An absolutely incredible and unique experience! We visited this past weekend as a birthday gift for our son - his spirit animal is the Wolf - I so highly recommend this adventure. An awesome opportuni...  more »
  • A truly spiritual moment and the time that I spent communing with these majestic creatures is a memory that I will never forget. This is probably one of the few things that you can do in life to actua...  more »
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  • The good: Our tour guide was very friendly, knowledgeable, and answered and asked for questions. There are many complaints about the owners, but there was no sight of either on the tour. We sat in the grass and were approached by each wolf in some kind of way, most of the time by licking our chin, which is very friendly. My family and I didn't mind it simply because we have spent the last two weeks standing in hour long lines in 100 degree weather in Disney. There are complaints about family views, but the only time this came into question was when our guide used it as a parallel to the family structure of wolf packs. It's political in the way they feel strongly about conservation, which is understandable... it's a wildlife conservation after all. This is an educational experience. If you're interested in simply playing with wolves, it's not a place for you. You do get wolf time, but you also get behavioral background, scientific facts, and an overall understanding of pack dynamics. Pictures ($30) gift shop ($14 for a mug, $20 for a shirt) and concessions (burger, chips, drink $7) are extremely reasonable. I disagree with it about being about the money, because the staff seem to love it there and the wolves seemed happy. Some people complain about the rules, but they explain as to why they have them in place. Phones can quite literally kill the wolves, and misplaced items are hazards. Some say the staff were lingering or strict, I don't think these people understand that these wolves are wild animals domesticated. Wolves are already cautious of humans, and we are strangers petting and taking pictures of them. Another thing is that people complain about the puppies being taken away by day ten, but when explained, it actually isn't cruel. This is what makes it possible for the wolves to be able to stand and trust humans. They are reintroduced the pack at an older age, and this is fine because wolves will accept any pups into their packs. Our group wasn't too big, about 100, and everyone got to pet and hug a wolf. The only downside of the entire thing is that the volunteers were struggling to keep the wolves going where they needed to be. They were baited by pinches of raw meat. A more effective way would be positive reinforcement by clicker training, which would help them out and the tour immensely. I think, to make the volunteers' life easier, they should look into this. Also, they should look into older staff. A lot of young teenagers (13-15ish) were controlling the wolves, doing the lines, and guiding animals. They should trade with the adults in the concession stands and gift shops.
  • Seacrest Wolves preserve is one of the best wolf preserves in the country. The owner has a heart of gold and truly loves wolves and wildlife preservation. I am proud to be a volunteer there and hope to continue educating and preserving the wolf population together with Seacrest for years to come. Thank you Cynthia for your honesty, your true love of wolves, and your perseverance through all of the nonsense that others have caused. Much love.
  • Let me respond to some of the negativeplace comments on here. l am in no way affiliated with the Wolf Preserve and have only visited once. This is not a zoo or amusement park, but a very unique place to learn more about wolves and interact with them in a special way. It is by reservation, call and keep calling until you get someone on the phone. Being staffed by mostly volunteers, a voicemail may or may not be answered. about the Keep in mind wolves are wild animals and not playthings there for your amusement. You will probably get to pet several, but not have unlimited time with them. The Preserve does seek to educate people about wolves and raise awareness of their importance in nature. Go to the website, read the rules, follow them, and get ready for a wonderful experience. I am going back this Saturday and am looking forward to it! Don't let the whining of a few malcontents keep you from this absolutely fantastic experience .
  • This was a very educational experience. The wolves are beautiful. I do wish they had more room to run. The staff was very kind and knowledgeable. The food was amazing! Kudos to the cook!
  • So amazing! You'll never have an experience like this anywhere else. To get to join the wolves in a howl or to hear them howl back, awesome! Playing with the pups, petting the adults and learning more about wolf packs. Don't forget to have your picture taken with the pack!

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