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International Wolf Center, Ely

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PLEASE remember to be respectful to others, or your comments will be removed. We welcome an open discussion about wolves and wildlands.

Our response to controversies as they arise is to provide information that helps people to make their own informed decisions. We pledge to educate the public by offering the most up-to-date, accurate wolf information possible.

Education may not translate into immediate action, but it does result in reevaluation and change. As people gain knowledge and appreciation of wolves and their place as predators in the ecosystem, they can become concerned about wolf survival and recovery. Decades of research have unveiled multitudes of facts about this species. That research, used in public education, has motivated people to help and to allow wolves to begin reclaiming small portions of their former habitat.

Wolf educators are challenged to deal with complex issues: reintroduction of the species into Yellowstone, population control in Alaska and Canada, bounties, livestock depredation, the tragedy of a pet wolf-dog hybrid’s attack on a child. Each is more sensational, more conducive to emotionalism, more provocative to the media than the last.

We who want knowledge about wolves need clear, thoughtful presentation of the facts and issues involved. That is exactly what the International Wolf Center seeks to provide. The study of wolf survival continues to include the study of human tolerance. It is hard for people to tolerate or to respect what they are raised to fear. The wolf problem is a people problem. We need everyone’s help to solve it.
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  • Great venue for all ages. The staff is very knowledgeable about wolves. The presenter could of talked a little slower. I recommend this for all nature lovers.  more »
  • There's a well-laid out museum and some presentations, but the highlight is being able to watch the four resident wolves outside the observation windows, less than 20 feet away. We were lucky in...  more »
  • It was a field trip with school kids a few years ago. I loved it so much I have never forgotten the great time. I later took four grandchildren there because of that experience and am trying to get.....  more »
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  • Been there twice now. The wolves look happy. Both times were great experiences. The staff seem to genuinely care about the wolves and are very knowledgeable. They seem to enjoy people asking questions, even though I'm sure they get asked the same questions over and over by different people every day. The first time there just happened to be good timing on my part and the wolves were already at the viewing window. The second time there, I decided to bring other family with. This time was poor timing on my part and the wolves didn't want to make an appearance. After one of the staff members heard how far we had traveled to see them, they decided to give them a couple of extra treats in hopes to lure them out of hiding. It worked and my neice and nephew got to see a couple up close to the windows. The staff literally just made a memorable trip for these kids for a lifetime. I can't thank them enough!
  • This place had a wolf enclosure where two beautiful wolves roaming by the windows at random times. There was also an interactive area for looking at educational information on wolves and similar canines. Really great for children! I thought the dark room which you could hear wolves howling was pretty neat. The gift shop was small but the photograph you can purchase of the wolves were gorgeous. The proceeds go to wolves. I highly suggest if you love love wolves!!!!
  • This is the second time to visit the wolf center. Each time I visit I enjoy it more each time. The wolves are ones that are not able to return to the wild. It is a well done center. Which has of information about wolves. It is very educational. There is a lecture are with a lot of seating and large windows to view the wolves in action. Very nice gift shop. Staff is willing to answer any questions one might have. If you are in the area I recommend you take the time for a tour.
  • The wolves are amazing! The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Nice gift shop. I enjoyed every minute I spent there! I learned a lot about wolves during my time there. Very educational. I highly recommend checking this place out!
  • This is an amazing place. I was there on a Saturday morning and was able to see all 4 wolves as they came for feeding and medical checkups. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and I learned a ton. The cherry on top was watching all 4 wolves start howling together right next to the auditorium windows. I have never had such a close up experience with wolves. Highly recommend for both young and old!
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