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Seacrest Wolf Preserve Inc, 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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  • We traveled just over 5 hours to experience the VIP Tour at the Seacrest Wolf Preserve. We made reservations just over 3 months ago. I cannot stress enough- this was worth every cent! Our 10 year old ...  more »
  • We just got back from another awesome visit at Seacrest Wolf Preserve. Not only did I have the chance to be around the wolves but I got to cuddle a wolf pup! If you are ever in the vicinity please mak...  more »
  • I went back in March and plan on going back in a few weeks. There are some new wolf pups that I can't wait to see. Make a reservation, then go on the day of your reservation. they don't have the staff...  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.
  • My family and I spent the day at Seacrest Wolf Preserve and came away with one amazing experience! The wolves were absolutely incredible and the staff truly cares for them. The most moving part was how the wolves loved our 6 year old daughter! They gravitated to her as if they realized she was a sweet child that they could love on and give kisses to. We also learned a great deal from the owner and staff and we can't wait to go back in the future. This is truly an amazing and special place!
  • An encounter like no other. Where else can you learn and experience first hand by sitting down with a wolf pack and be licked in the face by these truly special animals. The volunteers give their time to help preserve, educate and create a unique experience. Worth it!
  • My husband and I went on the public tour this past Saturday. I have some good feedback and negative feedback. Let's start with the bad first so we end on a high note. The owner took the first 30 minutes to talk about the armed services for Memorial Day and asked those who are on active duty to step forward. There were 4 men and 1 woman- she asked each man his name, what service he served with and where. When she got to the woman she completely ignored her until another guest pointed her out. Then she asked if the woman was the wife of someone serving, when the woman said no the woman simply said something like "oh well thank for your service too" - it was So embarrassing and offensive - many of the guests where shocked and appalled. In my opinion - just go to your car and eat your own packed lunch during this time. 😑 Another negative - the puppy cuddling... $10 to spend 5 minutes with wolf puppies. Not sure if it was worth it to be honest... Last negative! The whole "no digital camera/cellphone rule" this is a joke. The rule makes zero sense but whatever - it's their rule so we followed, but I cannot imagine why. Now for the positives: so many wolves!! They are bred in captivity so that means they are more domesticated and safe to interact with. I felt like I had plenty of opportunities to pet and experience the wolves up close. The wolf howling!! So amazing! The small animal enclosure was fun as well but I was very sad to see how small the animal cages were, the poor creatures looked like they were in the pound. I felt so bad for them :( but to see and feel them up close was amazing! The two volunteers were so knowledgeable about the animals and had a lot of great stories. They were relatively political, but only as it relates to the animals - nothing else. As a super huge liberal, I was not offended by their opinions, they were just trying to show their passion for conservation which I deeply respect! Overall, the whole place seems somewhat informal, disorganized, and probably not as highly professional as a zoo - but on par with what you'd expect from a family-owned nature reserve. It is their private property and their wolves, so with that in mind I appreciate the opportunity, there are pros and cons but overall I had a good time and enjoyed experiencing and learning about the wolves - and that is all anyone can ask :)