Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Location: PO Box 1211 Westcliffe CO 81252 USA
Mission: Wolf connects people with nature using hands-on experiential education. Through volunteer internships and national traveling education programs, we inspire individuals to become stewards of the earth. While providing a home for rescued wolves and horses, we create opportunities for growth through community service and personal interactions with animals. We value education, sustainability, and improving relationships between people, animals, and the world around them.
Results: Over the years, we have helped hundreds of thousands of people understand their relationship with nature. Each summer, hundreds of young people come to Mission: Wolf to get their hands dirty and make a difference with their time. Experiential education is at the heart of what we do; no lecture can replace hands-on experience. Experiences with Mission: Wolf are real and have lasting impact. Visitors here don’t forget helping build something, riding out a hail storm in a tipi, or meeting a wolf face-to-face.
Target demographics: People interested in animals and our relationship with the environment
Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000 people, mostly young students, learn about wolves, sustainability, and the impact we have on the world around us
Geographic areas served: The Colorado mountains and we travel nationwide
Programs: experiential education on-site, a national ambassador wolf tour bringing live wolves to schools, and a great example of sustainable living. Mission: Wolf is a peaceful sanctuary for captive wolves and wolf-dog crosses. At present, we care for 38 wolves and wolf-dog crosses. All of the animals living at Mission: Wolf share a common trait – they were all born in a cage. Right now in the US, there are about a quarter of a million wolves in captivity and fewer than 10,000 wolves in the wild. Most captive wolves do not survive to see their first birthday, having been destroyed or neglected. We figure that if you have a wolf in a cage, it’s good for one thing: to teach people not to put wolves in cages. Our goal is to put ourselves out of business. When we educate enough people that there are no longer captive wolves in need of rescue, we can tear down our fences, turn the wolf sanctuary into a nature center, and listen to the wolves howling in the wild.
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My husband and I discovered Mission: Wolf by chance while on a trip to central Colorado a few years ago. We were blown away by the wonderful animals and people at MW. Since then, we've followed how they care for these beautiful wolves and wolf hybrids in their fully sustainable location near Westcliffe. It is a wonderful place to visit and learn about these magnificent animals, and they also do outreach to schools and other organizations. Hands down, MW is one of the best non-profit organizations I have ever encountered, and we will continue to support them. We tell many people we meet about the intense experience we had there, getting to interact so closely with the wolves.
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have them be closer to my home so that I could visit more often!
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