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Mission: The California Wolf Center is dedicated to the recovery of wolves in the wildlands they once roamed. We envision a landscape where wolves thrive in healthy ecosystems and wolves and people successfully coexist. We accomplish our mission through: - Conservation: partnering with stakeholders to implement proactive solutions that enable wolves and people to successfully share the landscape and leading the way in endangered species recovery programs. - Education: increasing awareness and understanding of wolves through engaging education programs and public outreach. - Research: studying wolves’ biology, behavior, and history in California.

Results: We are the 4th largest host and breeding facility for Mexican gray wolves in the Unites States, 5th largest in the world. We host thousands of visitors every year for our educational programs.

Geographic areas served: California, American Southwest

Programs: Public tours (Saturdays, Sundays, certain holidays) Private and school group tours (Monday through Friday) Photo tours (August-December, Wednesdays and Saturdays)

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lindsay28

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a fine artist and was searching for wildlife organizations to support with my artwork. When I found California Wolf Center about a year ago, it launched an amazing relationship that continues to build. I am astounded by the clarity and dedication of this organization and all of its people. They take a refreshing approach to conservation and education efforts that stress finding solutions to living in harmony with the animal, instead of just protecting the animal. The education that supports their mission is immense, including working hand in hand with ranchers and the public where wolves have territory to establish non lethal practices of living in harmony. I have had the opportunity to photograph the wolves at the center and they have all made it into my artwork. Every time I create a piece for the organization my heart expands, knowing that my contribution is worthwhile.

Lindsay Carron lindsaycarron.com

1 Gayle D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at the California Wolf Center. The group of volunteers and employees are dedicated to the wolves' survival and educating the public about the species and it is so awesome to get to spend time around these magnificent creatures. I have a lot of love and respect for the wolves and I think anyone who visits the center leaves with a smile on their face and are in awe at seeing these wolves up close and personal as much as the wolves will allow.

1 Linden L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful center that allows visitors to learn about these magnificent predators. Education is the key and I highly applaud the California Wolf Sanctuary for its role in teaching so many about wolves and dispelling old myths. The work they do is invaluable!

Sherry47

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donors And members of California Wolf Center for several years and this organization far exceeds its goals set for itself each year by its staff and volunteers. They are all knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile for their wolves and also members. The tours are always informative and fun! Thank you CWC for being the best!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoy every trip to the Ca Wolf Center. The way they treat the wolves with love and respect. The animals are magestic. Thank you CWC.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have a beautiful place for their wolves. The wolves are healthy an happy.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been enjoying my trips to the California Wolf Center for the past 9 years. Every time I bring more and more people to enjoy the wonderful tours and, of course, the wolves. Each person associated with this organization seems so passionate about their work and about wolf recovery. It is engaging and effective, and I hope I can continue to bring people to this center to learn about the importance of wild wolves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for many years to this wonderful organization. Recently I decided to become a volunteer. This has been one of the most rewarding opportunities I have ever had in my life. Almost all assets that go into the program are used specifically for the wolves. All the people who either work, volunteer, or intern are passionate about the wolves and it's re-introduction into California. Wolves are fascinating animals and a key stone animal. Without them the ecosystems struggle and possibly fail. I am proud to volunteer my time at The California Wolf Center!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people who run the California Wolf Center(Erin, Heidi, Christine, and Chelsea to name a few) are the most amazing, dedicated and passionate folks I've had the pleasure to work with in my 70 years on earth. I volunteer for a lot of organizations who are also self-motivated to promote the cause they work for, but given all of the obstacles the CWC has to work with they truly are in a class by themselves! They love the wolves they serve, bend over backwards to inform and educate the public about their worthy efforts to reintroduce this magnificent species back into the wild, and all with incredible patience and grace! We are all...my self especially...blessed by the incredible efforts by the California Wolf Center.

Ileana A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you want information as well as education this is the place to get it. You can always ask questions and they will respond with an educated answer. They believe as the ones that are with them in the importance of the wolf to our ecology. The best place to seek an answer and receive the correct responce & get lots of wonderful information all up to date and not hearsay.

Donor

Rating: 5

My introduction to wolves was at the Museum of Natural History where my daughter had a sleep over with her Girl Scout troop. A featured guest was a grey wolf and her handler. I immediately fell in love with them, their story, and the battles they face. The California Wolf Center does a great job informing and educating people. They moved me to become a donor and spread the word. Amazing resource and much needed! Great job guys!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The California Wolf Center is doing a great and essential job. Information, education and preservation are so important. Keep on going.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The California wolf center does a great job on educating the public on wolves and on wolf recovery to the US lands where they once roamed. They are a member of the species survival program (SSP) for the Mexican Grey Wolf and breed and prep their Mexican wolves for the pre release program sites in AZ and NM. The wolf center also works on educating ranchers on non lethal techniques to detour wolves from their livestock. The CWC loves their wolves and treats them with great care and respect. I now live over 600 miles away from the wolf center and still continue to volunteer for them and will always help them anyway I can because they are such a wonderful and productive organization.

Jim_126

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are doing a wonderful job preserving the Mexican wolf and educating the public as well. We visit them often.

Jeanette12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great resource for conservation. I hope children and generations to come use this to develop respect not only for the wolves but other species in the wild, perpetuating cycles of more organizations that uphold similar beliefs regarding education and conservation.

Barbara192

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a teacher, I found the California Wolf Center to be an incredible resource. I have taken several classes for field trips. The sessions are very educational, giving students a better understanding of how the prey/preditor lives work. Visitors also have close encounters (behind fences, of course) with the wolves--an awesome experience. The facility is staffed by a group of caring, dedicated people. All in all, a wonderful outing.

Leslie69

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so happy to see on my recent visit to the California Wolf Center, that there were so many people present for the tour. That means that more word will be spread about all the Center is doing to protect these wolves and their work on re-introducing the Mexican Gray to the southwest. It is a wonderful place to visit, and the presentation before the tour was informative and well received. The wolves themselves are so beautiful and it is thrilling to see them up close. We were told they have minimal handling to preserve their wildness, and I am glad of that. The work to protect and save these animals needs to continue and the education as well. The myths about the wolf need to be dispelled and replaced with a new and far-reaching respect. Two thumbs way up for the California Wolf Center!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The California Wolf Center is such a wonderful resource that successfully connects and educates the public to the worlds wolf populations and conservation efforts. They provide the ideal balance of encounter and education that sends a strong message to its visitors about the importance of true conservation, rehabilitation, and repopulation. The center promotes respect for our wildlife while giving its visitors a once in a lifetime experience!

Nancy193

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the California Wolf Center. The drive to Julian is always nice. We like to go and see the beautiful majestic wolves. They have a nice little gift shop. All of the employees and volunteers are friendly and love to answer questions. I fell in love with Wolves from my experiences at the center. We don't have any wolves in the wild left in California, although one lone wolf ventured in this year before going back up to Oregon. Someday with the help of the center we will have Lobos again!

Alissa5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The California Wolf Center is a great place! They find a wonderful balance with education, protection and being able to view wild animals without endangering the wolves.
I've always loved wolves and after visiting this place, I was amazed at how much we need these beautiful animals in our environment. Thank you for the wonderful experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The California Wolf Center is a wonderful, educational place. I love that they are informing the public about an issue that most people don't know about; the plight of the wolf. The work they are doing is actually helping to save a species, and that is just so valuable.