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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), founded in 1999 by Hélène Grimaud, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit environmental education organization located in South Salem, NY. The WCC’s mission is to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. By providing science-based education programming with Ambassador wolves, we allow wolves and humans to better coexist, improve our efforts to successfully restore endangered wolves to their ancestral homes in the wild, and encourage a philosophy of respect for all living things. The WCC also participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Recovery Plan for two critically endangered wolf species, the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) and the red wolf (Canis rufus). As the pre-eminent facility in the eastern United States for the captive breeding and pre-release of endangered wolf species, the WCC aims to become the National model in SSP standards and train other SSP’s to expand our mission impact and results.

Target demographics: We see a world where vibrant populations of wolves roam wild landscapes across the continent; where no species of wolf cowers on the edge of extinction; and where every child learns of, and respects, these essential creatures.

Geographic areas served: The WCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America.

Programs: Through wolves the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World. IN addition to offering science-based education programming to children and adults alike, the WCC participates in the federal Species Survival Plans (SSP) for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf and mobilize support for these misunderstood and at-risk predators.

Community Stories

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

djerseylvt

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wolf Conservation Center is an amazing place. My family has had the privilege of visiting multiple times and are visiting again in October. Each visit we learn something new about these misunderstood animals. We live 5 hours away in Virginia and look forward to our visit each trip.
WCC has four ambassador wolves that teach visitors about their wild kin and they do an amazing job! The programs are family friendly, engaging and fun! WCC staff and volunteers are fantastic. Each staff member I have meet has been more than accommodating during our visit. They are knowledgeable and they really care that visitors learn the importance of the wolf to our ecosystem.
In addition to the center's ambassador wolves, WCC is part of the species survival program and significantly contributes to maintaining the genetic integrity of critically endangered wolves-Mexican gray wolves and Red Wolves. WCC conservation efforts are unsurpassed and I respect the work that they do on the wolf's behalf.
The WCC works tirelessly to dispel the myth of the big bad wolf. Please take the time to visit, learn and fall in love with wolves. WCC's core value is "its belief that education can be a positive catalyst for change!"

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After being an enthusiastic follower and supporter of the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) for more than 5 years, my family recently had the opportunity to visit this amazing center. My hopes and expectations for our visit were not only fulfilled, they were surpassed!! The WCC strives to teach "people about wolves, their relationship to the environment and the human role in protecting their future." They accomplish their goal through engaging on-site educational programs (for both adults and children), workshops, special events, community involvement, an active webcam community, fun and informative social media postings and a fabulous informative website. The staff, program leaders, and all volunteers are extremely knowledgeable, engaging, inspiring, friendly and very caring. Most importantly, they really want visitors to learn and to be able to walk away with a better understanding and appreciation of these amazing and often misunderstood creatures.

The wolves that call the WCC home are surrounded in the beauty of the South Salem, NY area. The center currently has 4 ambassador wolves, Atka, Zephyr, Alawa and Nikai, who help to educate the public about their kin in the wild. The WCC was accepted and participates in two Species Survival Plan programs-the red wolves SSP (WCC currently has a family of 10) and the mexican gray wolves SSP (currently 12 wolves). Both the red wolf and the mexican gray wolf are considered critically endangered and I applaud the WCC efforts to restore these essential species.

There really are not enough positive adjectives that I can use to describe our wonderful experience at the Wolf Conservation Center. Please make a point to visit and join in the fun!!

1 Kim_214

Donor

Rating: 5

WCC is a wonderful advocate and lifeline to critically endangered wolves - namely the red wolf and Mexican gray wolf. WCC is a member of the Species Survival Plan and has literally saved these species from going extinct. The wolves are in large enclosures and live as packs, as they would in the wild. WCC also has ambassador wolves (some pictured below) to help open minds and hearts. WCC encourages living peacefully with those we share the land with, and following the science that shows wolves are not a threat to mankind, but an important predator that keeps balance in the environment. I feel my donations to WCC are worth every penny! They truly care about the future of wolves and keep their members informed through daily blogs, websites, and even have webcams available to the general public to view these endangered wolves in their habitats. I look forward to visiting WCC later this year!

1 JiunMay L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learn a lot from WCC website, very educational institution . People, we need WCC not only for our future generations also for everyone in the world to learn about wolves and how a wolf pack family member take care and react to other family members. Then , we human can learn that these precious creatures are also have souls and feelings like us.
And also how important they are to our environmental .
WCC is a very important and great website and institution.

2 Pia W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for WCC I wouldn't have know as much about wolves as I do now, been a viewer on their web-cams for way over a year and been following the good things (pups) and the sad things (loosing a member of the wolf family) Thank you for all the hard work you do, to keep these precious and endagered animals a part of nature ;) and for educating the public .

1 Elaine55

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To be able to be apart of wcc even though I am million miles away , the love and support they constantly give to all the endangered wolves in their care is outstanding and to always keep us well informed on those beautiful wolves is totally amazing. The ups and downs we go through with them like family.

1 Sharon178

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found the Wolf Conservation Center about a year ago when the Red pups were born. I have learned so much about the wolves from watching the cams. I want to thank the WCC for everything they are doing for the endangered wolves. Thank you for all you do WCC! Keep up the good work!

Connie69

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) by accident about three years ago while surfing the net for live wolf webcams and I immediately fell in love. This past year we have witnessed, through the webcams at the WCC, the birth of endangered Red Wolf Pups which was a miracle to behold and watching them as they grew and stretched their little legs was such a joy to witness. Unfortunately we also saw the passing of some amazing Lobos that we were lucky enough to watch through the webcams as well.

Myself and a wonderful group of friends plan to visit WCC in the fall to experience the joys that others have had in seeing the wonderful work WCC does in helping with the recovery of these rare Red and Mexican Gray wolves and their contribution to the revitalization of the wolf species more directly as participants of the SSP Wolf Captive Breeding program and to meet their awesome Ambassador Wolves Atka, Zephyr, Alawa and Nikai.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, WCC staff and volunteers for all the hard work that you do in protecting and caring for these wonderful wolves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For as long as I can remember I've always loved wolves. I discovered the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) by accident about two years ago while surfing the net for live wolf webcams and I immediately fell in love with their beautiful white arctic wolf Atka. Since I live far from WCC, it has been such a pleasure to watch Atka via the webcam. I now have all the webcams open and positioned on my screen so that I may also watch the elusive Red Wolves, the Mexican Gray Wolves, Atka and the other three ambassador wolves Zephyr, Alawa and their little brother Nikai (whom I fell in love with as soon as I saw him and now have a tattoo of him when he was a pup on my left forearm that I display with pride).

I proudly support WCC with donations, purchasing their merchandise and signing petitions. The staff are very knowledgeable and quick to respond to a query or concern. They keep the webcam community, their numerous websites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others) up to date with what is happening with their beloved wolves. I have laughed with them and mourned with them when a beloved wolf dies and rejoiced with them when wolves have pups or get a mate.

WCC is an awesome non-for-profit organization that offers spectacular programs for children and adults and I hope to visit them one day to experience the joys that others have had in seeing the wonderful work they do in helping with the recovery of these rare wolves and their contribution to the revitalization of the wolf species more directly as participants of the SSP Wolf Captive Breeding program.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart WCC staff and volunteers for all the hard work that you do in protecting and caring for these wonderful wolves.

1 Kgayle

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wolves have long been very special. I was referred to this particular site by a friend who knew how interested I am and how much I love these animals. I did not realize how little I really knew about these awesome wolves. This site has information on anything you could possibly want to know or answers to any question you might have regarding these magnificent creatures. All of these things are a wonderful resource but to be able to watch as babies are born, grow and sometimes die is invaluable. To be able to see how they live "when no one is watching" is an experience beyond anything I have ever experienced. I have been blessed to be awestruck at the birth of a litter of Reds and to be broken hearted when one of the litter passed away. We all learned so much from "Mama Grey" - her life, her struggles, her relationship with her "children" and the unbelievable pain when she passed away. A learning site - ABSOLUTELY A place to share with people who are like minded and working together to keep these endangered species alive - ABSOLUTELY There is no better to be found - anywhere.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The WCC was recommended to me by a friend that knew of my interest in these wonderful animals. I had no idea what I was going to find. It has been one of the most gratifying and educational experience I've ever had. The human pack here is something so special, you have to experience it. The administrative staff, volunteer, and wolf addicts(as we call ourselves) are a unique group. I have learned so much in the few months that I have been affiliated. I have never known people that were so dedicated to the protection and revitalization of these special creatures. With people like this how can we help but win this battle we are in to save these beautiful wolves.

2 Cathy108

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited WCC and love it! The grounds are beautiful and the staff are helpful and knowledgeable. You are able to meet the beautiful ambassador wolves, and it's a moment you will not forget. They have an outstanding website full off information and resources to quide you in the lives of wolves and advocacy. The live cams are fun and educational. I plan on visiting again in the fall and can't wait! Once you visit, this place will always have a special place in your heart.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found the Wolf Conservation Center about a year and a half ago. I was totally in awe of the beautiful wolves I could observe live on all their webcams. I was greatly surprised last year when the Red wolves had a litter of pups. Being able to watch and learn about wolf family life was amazing. Those little ones just captured my heart. All the wolves at WCC are fascinating to watch. Watching these wolves and how the WCC cares for them is truly wonderful. Will continue to watch, learn and always enjoy the Wolf Conservation Center.