International Wolf Center
Rating: 4.85 stars 71 71 reviews 4,108
1396 Highway 169 Ely MN 55731 USA
The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.
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This is one of the best non-profits. Their mission is education. They teach science and let people form their own opinions based on facts. They are not political.
I've visited this center back in March and have planned another trip next month and I live in South Carolina. It is amazing to see these gorgeous wolves up close. The staff is very knowledgeable and the facility is beautiful. Must see.
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I have been enthralled with wolves since 1993, and when my family took me to the International Wolf Center in 1998, I knew that this passion was more than just a small fancy. As I have grown, I have also watched the Center grow: enriching the exhibit enclosure with a pond, more rocks and trees; creating retirement enclosures and a pack holding area; the expansion of the wolf lab for the care of wolf pups; new technology being added into daily programs to aid in the dissemination of information to the public. Through the murky waters of economics, ecology, politics, and preservation, the IWC has sought only to educate the world about wolves, because an individual will not fear what they do not understand (and the wolf has endured through decades of misunderstanding). I had the honor this year to participate in the Wolf Pup Care program, which made a childhood dream of mine come true. All of my experiences with the wolves and staff of the IWC over the decades of my life have been formative, and I cannot imagine the Northwoods of Minnesota without the presence of this humble facility. Their work with leading experts in the field of conservation and biology have uncovered more about the secret lives of this animal in the last 20 years than we previously knew, which enables the public to be on the leading edge of information. I would be pleased to see the IWC receive funds through this campaign so that my children and grandchildren may also have the opportunities to see such majestic creatures exhibit their natural behaviors so we can do right by their wild brothers and sisters.
I visited the International Wolf Center for the first time on a Girl Scout trip when I was 10 years old - and I was immediately hooked. I fell in love with wolves at a very young age, but the chance to get so close to them turned it into an addiction. Since then I have visited many times over the years, and I recently became a member as well. The IWC does an amazing job educating without prejudice - they give you the information from both sides of any topic, and let you make your own judgment.
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The Best Wolf Learning Center in the world. The Ambassador Wolves, Staff and the Center itself with the Store, many Programs, Wolf viewing area and social media including Webinars make this a must see destination!
I have loved wolves ever since I was a kid. I read every book about wolves in our local library in Philadelphia. Wolves are terribly misunderstood, and I really dislike how they continue to be viewed as something to fear. More people should live like wolves do. My trip to the International Wolf Center in Ely was a great experience. The people there are very knowledgeable, and eager to answer questions. The big viewing window looking out on the wolf yard is fascinating. Some of the wolves walk up to the window and look you right in the eye as though you are the one on display, not them. The people at IWC have a great Facebook content, and keep wolf lovers up to date with the new pups, the pack, and the retirees. Their page is constantly teaching "wolf".
I have loved the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN since the first time I visited in 2010. I have always been in awe of wolves. I am a proud member of the IWC and drive up there every year and sometimes twice a year. Since visiting there I have learned so much about wolves that it has only intensified my feelings of awe. I have adopted two different wolves, and I always look forward to what I can learn the next time I visit. I have the utmost respect for the way the curator Lori and her staff protect both visitors and the wolves. The center offers wonderful programs and the staff is always willing to respond to questions.
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I've been a member of the International Wolf Center since 1999 when I first learned of the wonderful educational programs that they offered. I participated in several of these adventure programs and in the process learned much about wolf ecology and behavior plus met many people during these programs that shared the same passion for the wolf as I do. About 10 years ago, I decided to move near the center and became a volunteer. I'm now a part of the wolf care staff and helping out with various educational programs that they still offer to carry out their mission to "teach the world about wolves".
As a naturalist, I have lead many bus tours to Ely, MN to visit the Wolf Center. We have always had wonderful educators from the Center provide interesting and thought provoking programs with a non-biased approach. The information is up-to-date concerning wolf research and wolf politics. Our tour participants learn so much and with the experience of viewing the wolf ambassadors, they take away first-hand knowledge of wolf behavior. I have used the wolf cams during many of my own programs on wolves and the participants are always engaged and curious.
I loved volunteering so much fun and the staff was always friendly and willing to answer questions can't wait to go back someday soon