International Wolf Center

Rating: 4.84 stars   67 reviews

Address:

1396 Highway 169 Ely MN 55731 USA

Mission:

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.

Programs:

EDUCATION AND MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS

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1-800-ELY-WOLF
www.wolf.org

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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".

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have visited the IWC several times since 2014, learning about wolves and also participating in programs that directly impacted the wolves environment. The educational information and opportunity to observe wolves is excellent. This is a worthwhile center which deserves continued support. If I lived closer I would volunteer year round

 
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After hand-feeding an alpha black male wolf, who'd been caught and brought into Mpls, (via a bet) to get him set free back where these two guys found him, I became very interesting in wolf and how wise and sweet they truly are. That's when I got involved in the Int'l Wolf Center online. The information given is very educational, the people very kind and courteous, and the pictures and film (since I'm now in WA) just amazingly beautiful and caring of the very species I worked to get free. The guys who caught him, could not get near the cage they had him in, they had to put a ladder against the top of the cage to feed him. I bet them that within one week I would hand-feed him and while they thought I was nuts, they agreed. I spent everyday talking to him telling him that it wasn't just him who had to trust me, but that I also to trust that he knew where the food ended and the hand began. They told me I didn't have to do so, but wolf and I had something to show them about respect and compassion. He lifted the raw steak off my hand, set it down, came back and licked my hand clean of every bit of blood residue and then he sat down and grinned at them. They took him back the next day to right where they'd found him. Right in the Int'l Wolf Sanctuary territory. I told them about him and they watched for him and his pack, and that's how we began to communicate. If there's a pledge, a petition, a film or a picture they want me to look at (this is 30 years later) they make sure to send it to me via FB. Questions are answered quickly, and they are very open to answering even the silliest of ones as well, without any attitude. I highly recommend this agency for this award as they've been instrumental in making people aware of wolf's true habits and personality and have always answered any question I might have, or any other petitions I might post as well. They are my heroes and I couldn't say anything bad about them, because I've only experienced kindness and respect. Please help them and others learn about wolf and how wondrous a creature wolf truly is. Thank you.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When visiting Ely with my son, we had the fortune of discovering the International Wolf Center. This rich experience changed my knowledge of wolves both in history and in ecology. My son was duly impressed at the dedicated pack of ambassador wolves sand their behaviors. The learning experience was a lasting one, and both my son and I became regular donors/supporters and remain so even years after the visit.
The center is well laid out with visuals about wolves in literature and mythology, challenging some of the most prevalent myths and revealing atrocities humans commit against a species they fear and lack for understanding.
If more people could experience the International Wolf Center, such ignorance and cruelty as has taken place would be itself replaced by a deeper appreciation of wildlife in general and wolves in particular.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I have loved wolves for many years. Last year our vacation was in Ely and the IWC. We had a fantastic time! Lori was wonderful. She explained the wolves habits and personalities in great detail. She, along with all the other employees were so professional and helpful. We are happy to support the Center, and are looking forward to another vacation there. Ely is a beautiful town, with friendly people and amazing shopping. IWC please keep up the great work! The wolves, people in Minnesota and the world appreciate all you have done and continue to do. If you're reading this and haven't visited the IWC, what are you waiting for? You will not be disappointed! Great memories await you!

Bette Q

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have better quality and more unique items for sale in the gift shop

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My visits come via the internet. For a long time I was watching Malik & Shadow. When I saw a wolf was missing I sent them an email. They let me know that Malik had been euthanized. Shadow followed his brother two months later. Via webcam I can see the staff interact with the wolves. They are very caring. The site is very informational and their goal is to save wolves and educate the public. I have donated several times. They do a fine job.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

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I visited the center in 2011 and found it very informative. Staff and volunteers were very helpful. They allowed us to walk around and move at our own pace. If we had questions that someone was unsure of they always directed us to someone who would have the answer. Nice displays. Never easy to see wildlife confined to a restricted area but they seem to have made life for the resident wolves comfortable. I plan on visiting this Spring or Summer again.
Since wolves are now legal to hunt again in Minnesota, I feel this organization can hopefully help the wolf population not be diminished.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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