The Endangered Wolf Center is such a lovely hidden gem in the St. Louis Area. You can tell the staff is really passionate about what they are doing and are so focused on their mission to save wolves!
An amazing story and great conservation and education experience! Thank you for all you do to preserve and protect these important species! Super fun programs will keep you coming back again and again to try everything!
What a fantastic experience! I’ve visited the Endangered Wolf Center on a few occasions with my family and also with a Cub Scout den. I can tell that the employees and volunteers truly care about all of the animals there. The tours are educational and fun. It’s great to see these animals being so well taken care of.
Since the late 1970’s, the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center, aka the Endangered Wolf Center, has been in the vanguard of wild canid species survival, particularly that of highly endangered, native North American wolves, such as the Red Wolf, and the Mexican Gray Wolf . They have done groundbreaking work in carefully managed breeding programs, as well as studies of behavior, habitat, genetics, which have laid paths of greater success in the reintroduction of individuals to the wild, and the repopulation of species in former, and rightful, native environments. The Endangered Wolf Center has been unflagging in its work, despite periods of economic downturn, and even natural disasters. A vital key to their success has been to not only employ brilliant professionals in the conservation realm, but to also enlist a veritable army of truly dedicated volunteers.
I have been a part of the organization for almost 10 years and the staff is exceptional in the care for the Canids and other animals. I enjoy volunteering to bring the awareness to the public about endangered species.
As a visitor, behavioral monitoring intern, and volunteer, I have spent a lot of time here over the past couple of years, and the Endangered Wolf Center is a truly special place. The animals living there are extraordinary, the staff are deeply caring and dedicated (not to mention skilled and knowledgeable), and the work done for wolf conservation is incredibly impactful. Without them, the Mexican gray wolf would no longer exist in the wild, a powerful testament to the importance of this center. You can pay for a tour to see the facilities where this amazing work is achieved, or you can volunteer your time to help lead tours or accomplish tasks around the center. Without visitors and volunteers, nonprofits like this don't function, and I can tell you as a volunteer myself, it is very rewarding and you won't be disappointed by being a part of a place like this!
The Endangered Wolf Center has dedicated staff who are committed to saving critically endangered wolves! They are helpful, pleasant, and all around great people.
My husband and I throughly enjoyed our visit during a “wolf howl”. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and super friendly. I just love the Painted dogs.
Been a volunteer at the EWC for over 20yrs. Great place to learn about endangered wolf's. Red and Mexican Grey. Also the center has MANED wolf's. SWIFT Foxes. Painted Dogs. Fenic Foxes. And how the center has returned wolf's back into the wild. And cross fostering wolf's.
This is a great place for families, especially with young children. It is great for anyone of any age who is into learning about wildlife. The EWC has an amazing history and has done/continues to do great work in species survival.
The Endangered Wolf Center has been called a “best-kept secret” in St. Louis, MO, which is part of the reason why I started volunteering for this non-profit. I wanted to help get the word out about the amazing work the Center is doing to save endangered species like the Mexican Gray Wolf and the American Red Wolf, educating the public about these and other wild canid species, including the Swift Fox, the African Painted Dog, and the Maned Wolf, and creating connections crucial to understanding and conservation. Like many non-profits, the EWC has been affected by Covid-19, with tours and events cancelled, including fundraisers crucial to the continued operation of the Center. Yet the important work continues, the animals need care and food, and the entire staff of the EWC remains positive and passionate about their mission. I can’t say enough about my experiences with the EWC - the health of our ecosystem and the future of our wild world depend on the existence of non-profits like this.
The Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka Missouri (near St. Louis) was founded by Marlin Perkins who is well known for his Wild Kingdom television series. He established the Center to preserve wolf species that were endangered. Initially focusing on Mexican Wolves, the Center expanded its operations to other wolves and other animal species.The Center functions much like a zoo, but with the added feature of reintroducing animals to the wild when that is feasible. The Center has adopted a technique of cross fostering pups born at the Center to wolf families in the wild. A 501(c)(3) charity with lots of volunteer opportunities. My whole family visits the Center and we happily provide financial assistance for the maintenance of a red wolf family that has seven pups.
A wonderful place full of amazing, kindhearted people, the Endangered Wolf Center is the only place I’m going during the pandemic. I have been volunteering at the EWC for a few years now, and the longer I’ve been here, the more amazing opportunities I receive. Volunteering at the endangered wolf center is educational: you learn so much from shadowing tours and events, maybe even enough to lead them yourself one day. It is breathtaking: you get to have amazing experiences with the animals at the center, even if you are not in animal care! I loved the experience of breeding observations, and I love getting to know and see all of the diverse and beautiful animals at the center.
The Endangered Wolf Center is doing extremely important work. It is helping to breed and maintain a healthy population of red wolves in captivity: the most endangered wolf in the world. And they do so much more! Please check out their website if you are interested. They are on the cutting edge of wolf breeding and conservation work, and everyone I’ve met loves these animals. Everyone shares a passion for nature, and we all care deeply for the future of the endangered species represented at the center.
We had a wonderful private tour. Easy process, all staff was friendly and helpful. Our tour guide, Aspen, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate. Tons of interesting information, very enjoyable for our family.
A family member had a great visit and decided to help support EWC and recruited some more of us to help too. Some of us donated, and we had several additional people/businesses willing but couldn't get information from EWC. When we dropped off donations, including one that was meant to honor my son, there was no thank you, until only one of us received a thank you letter in the mail five months later. I can't tell if they treat all their donors this way, or if we didn't give a high enough amount to gain their appreciation. We had tried to reach out and all we got were excuses about how lazy some employees are which is why we weren't thank to begin with and then how thank yours were mailed out multiple times. I find it hard to believe the post office lost multiple letters. There are lots of other organizations who truly appreciate any assistance they get. I'd recommend use your efforts elsewhere.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We take your feedback seriously and would like to speak with you to better understand your experience. We strive for best business practices and value our supporters greatly as we realize these partnerships make our mission possible. Please contact our Development staff by calling 636-938-9306 or emailing us at [email protected] Thank you!
We have always enjoyed taking part of the activities at The Endangered Wolf Center from Wolf Fest with the family and Wine and Howl adult nights. A few years ago we decided to become members as we learned more about the amazing things the center was doing. They are truly committed to conservation and education and donations are used to directly impact the animals and environment. We highly recommend it as a nonprofit organization!
Had a great time, first time visitor. I can't wait to return.
The EWC is a beautiful setting offering a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe wolves in their natural habitat. I took my team of creative writers and designers to experience the wonder of it all, and the team is still talking about it. The staff at the EWC is knowledgeable, energetic and obviously passionate about their roles in preserving and protecting the endangered species in their care. It was a wonderful visit - I'd recommend it people young and old and everyone in-between!
Wolf Fest Event in October was a wonderful experience! Great place to bring the family!
It was such an amazing experience touring the wolf sanctuary. They’re truly doing some amazing things! Beautiful scenery and so cool to get up close and personal with the animals.
The Endangered Wolf Center is one of St. Louis' best attractions. It offers an opportunity to get out into nature and to get up close to some amazing animals that are endangered in the wild. More vthan a zoo, the Center is a place where you can learn about the importance of each member of the ecosystem and dispel myths about the dangers that these canids present.
The Center's wolf howls and other special events and programs are great for people of all ages - they are a unique experience not to be missed.
Besides the sensational staff who guide your experience from start to finish, the Endangered Wolf Center itself is nestled in a breathtaking wooded area. There is something for everyone from tours providing up close opportunities with Mexican wolves, red wolves, arctic foxes, maned wolves and painted dogs to the Center's educational programming and meet and greets with the Center's ambassador animals -- it truly is an engaging destination for families and wildlife lovers. My children participated in the wolf camps two years ago, and are still talking about it!
An exceptional organization dedicated to enriching the lives and sustainably of the Mexican Grey Wolf. The organization spends great amounts of time and effort to enlighten and educate the general public as to the value of sustaining the population of all wolves in their natural habitat. I admire their undaunted beliefs in maintaining the values of enriching our lives.
The wolf center is one of my favorite places of all time in st Louis!! it's super fun and you get to learn a lot about animals. I went to a lot of their summer camps as a kid with some of my friends and we always had a great time hiking, hanging out together/making new friends, and seeing lots and lots of cute wildlife. Now that I'm a teenager I get to volunteer more, which is great because you really do get to make a difference in the lives of these endangered species. I'd recommend heading out to the center for a visit and a great time to anyone who wants to help these awesome animals and their sweet staff!
I’ve attended several events put on by the Endangered Wolf Center and I am very inspired by all of the passionate volunteers I’ve seen. Their dedication to their organization and it’s mission speaks volumes. They’ve had many ups and downs everywhere from successful cross-fostering of wolf puppies to damaging storms to their animal enclosures. Yet they persevere without flinching and bring education to the public and innovation to their field.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the endangered wolf center. The staff is highly educated and very passionate about their work. I loved hearing about the wolf foster program. It’s so amazing the lengths that the staff have gone through to try and keep the wolf populations up and healthy. And of course the wolves and foxes are adorable to see. I hope to visit regularly.
The Endangered Wolf Center does incredible conservation work. I've attended numerous events, including their educational Speaker Series, Wolf Fest, and wolf howls. All of them have taught me a great deal about endangered species and what goes into conserving the animals and saving them from extinction. The staff is extremely passionate about their cause and their enthusiastic volunteers make the events and tours a lot of fun.
I brought my nieces and nephews to Wolf Fest and they left with a new love of wolves and the African painted dogs!
Endangered Wolf Center is an awesome nonprofit that really cares about the wolves they care for. It is a very family friendly environment where there is tons of education giving to the guest.
I have been a volunteer for a little over a year and I’m always impressed by how much they are able to do both for the animals in their care and for visitors that come to see them. The education staff puts in tons of work teaching everyone who visits or who attends any of their off site events on how they can help save these endangered species. And the high quality of animal care is very easy to see in the beautiful natural habitats. This is a must visit place for anyone who loves animals!
How fortunate to live in the state that has this one of a kind sanctuary for such an intriguing animal. The experience of being able to view and learn about such beautiful creatures is a gift to the community- all ages.
I have been a volunteer for many years and have personally seen the hard work and dedication that the individual staff members have poured into this exceptional organization to achieve their goals.
I am always amazed at the passion and zeal that the staff approaches the challenges facing them both from the sheer work load and daunting misperceptions of the public; but they persevere. As a volunteer I can only share a small part of the burden they carry to perform their duties, but I am always reminded by the staff members of how it helps. The spirit of the work that all members have possessed since the inception of the Endangered Wolf Center keeps this a viable and relevant organization. Further, they enthuse those in the community to find this same devotion in themselves to reach for a cause that serves a greater purpose.
I attended a "Wolf Howl" several years ago, instantly, intrigued. The organization provides such wonderful programming for everyone- all ages. The volunteers who work there let you know how much they enjoy giving time to EWS -a testament to its value in the community. EWS provides a unique experience of being in the beauty of nature's environment with the animals who live there. We have a true gift in our state as a result of their presence.
A wonderful and unique addition to our community. Praise for the strong conservation related efforts.
Our store donates produce, eggs, and meat to the canids at the Endangered Wolf Center, and we've been invited on a few tours of the facility. We are always so impressed by the knowledgeable staff there. They are doing important conservation work, and the fact that they open their doors for tours and other public events makes the center a really invaluable asset to our region.
My daughter attended summer camp at the Endangered Wolf Center and discovered first hand all of the wonderful work they are doing to help save these beautiful and amazing creatures. In addition to saving and rehabilitating the animals, the Center also promotes awareness in the community. One of the many ways they do this is through the summer camp program which teaches our children to respect and protect our wildlife. My family felt so honored to be invited at the end of the camp session to the Wolf Howl. We stood there in the dusk and were awed and humbled by the symphony.
Until very recently my "role" would have been member of the general public, but my husband and I have been so impressed with the work done by the Endangered Wolf Center that we became volunteers at the center.
This wonderful center is devoted to the survival of and return to the wild of the various species of wolves, especially the Mexican Gray Wolf. Through their educational programs they help people to realize the importance of wolves to the ecosystem.
The center was founded by Marlin Perkins (long time host of Mutual of Obama's Wild Kingdom) and his wife Carol. The center is AS A accredited.
I have been Volunteering over past year. and have totally enjoyed working with the animals and staff and helping them maintaining the animals surroundings Great org. to be involved with, in helping preserve some of natures great assets. every one that's there, staff and vol. really care for the wolfs and animals that they are charged with preserving .
We had heard about the Endangered Wolf Center as a great family place and a place where I could get some mobility help. IT WAS WONDERFUL!!!. We took the grandkids and got a golf cart powered tour where we saw the animals and heard their story from a very well informed volunteer guide. The kids not only saw the animals but got to interact with some of the animals who are trained to be "Ambassadors". In addition, the kids got to run around in the wild just as the animals were doing. It is difficult to mention all of the animals we saw and to tell their stories but we learned of and saw African dogs acting as a family caring for the young and old insuring they all would survive. It a great place but a secret too. We are now members and will go back often. If your spirits are down, go to the Endangered Wolf Center to see animals that are reportedly scary but instead are families just like the family we took to see them
I am so inspired by this place! The work they do is so important to preserving wolves and to other species as well their groundbreaking work in reproduction of endangered wolves is critical to making sure our children’s children are able to experience these wonderful animals in their lifetimes! Thanks to the hardworking, visionary staff of the Endangred Wolf Center!!
As a Docent for the Endangered Wolf Center, I am lucky to be able to give tours to introduce the public to our animals.
This past weekend I participated in our annual Wolf Fest. I was working in the VIP section where some additional rare animals were available for viewing. This photo is of Charlie, a 12 week old Mountain Lion, found in California, without his mother.
The center is wonderful about sharing it’s Mission and Passion for a healthy Earth with all who visit. Young minds are especially eager to learn our stories and were excited to see this baby and all his playful ways.
This organization is doing world class work. I am happy I am able to give some time and energy to support it’s efforts.
Lori S., Volunteer Docent
I had no knowledge of the Endangered Wolf Center before a recent visit, but now I know about the amazing work they do to protect animals such as Mexican grey wolves and painted dogs. One visit is all is takes - to hear the wolves howling in the distance is thrilling and exhilarating, and then to glimpse one of the wolves (or if you're really lucky, you'll see the pack!). You will want to do all you can to help these animals return to their natural lifestyle. The Endangered Wolf Center is the unsung hero to wolf restoration across America!
The Endangered Wolf Center (EWC) is an iconic location and STL is so very fortunate to have this non-profit in our backyard. Spend an afternoon with the staff, the wolves, foxes, turtles and snakes all in an upland Missouri forest and you will understand. When I was a child, I spent many afternoons watching National Geographic's Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins. When I moved to STL and learned he founded the EWC, I had to go visit. If you have never been there or even heard of Marlin Perkins, you need to go. The endangered wolves that live there are completely funded by donations; they do not receive any government, state or federal funding. Call to set up your visit today, you will be glad you did.
We spent a morning at the sanctuary and it was wonderful! It’s amazing to see these beautiful animals! I loved how dedicated the staff is to these animals and their mission as a whole! Highly recommend a visit!
I have started volunteering for the EWC a few months ago. I am impressed with the wide variety of events that the Center hosts. The staff is very experienced and knowledgeable. It has become a must - see place in St. Louis.
The staff at the Endangered Wolf Center are very caring and knowledgable. They take great care to give the animals their space and freedom to roam, while maintaining a wonderful educational program. We love going to the Endangered Wolf Center and spending time there, learning about the facts of each animal and also their personality traits and habits.
Not only are the staff of the Endangered Wolf Center great to work with, they are extremely knowledgeable and professional. The Center has hosted several opportunities for local military families to participate in both day and evening sessions. It was a "howling" great time for all!
As a parent and Girl Scout leader, I have always been impressed by all the EWC has to offer. Their programming is awesome and my kids talk about it non stop after visiting or participating in an event.
The Center is an incredible conservation organization. The animals they house live in beautiful natural wooded enclosures with hills and ponds to play in. The facility is truly special and unique considering all of the conservation accomplishments it has celebrated in recent years. Apart from participating in the first successful artificial insemination of a female Mexican wolf with frozen semen, the facility has also assisted US Fish & Wildlife in cross fostering 4 sets of Mexican wolf pups into wild litters in the past 2 years.
This place is doing amazing work saving Mexican and red wolves. Had a fantastic time visiting. Learned a lot and they changed my viewpoint on wolves.
When looking for places that are out of the ordinary to visit, we came across the Endangered Wolf Center. My boys and I went and were absolutely thrilled that we did. The grounds are immaculately kept, the visitor center was well displayed, and the staff were extremely knowledgeable.
This is a hidden gem just outside of St. Louis. It is definitely worth the drive.
The Endangered Wolf Center is amazing! I have been there several times! I love when the USO is there to support! I bring my family here whenever they come from out of town to visit. They always enjoy all the animals and the staff!
The EWC is one of the best kept secrets in the region situated in the beautiful setting of rural Missouri outside of St.Louis. It is people like the volunteers and staff of the EWC that take up the type of important work that escapes most of us in our daily lives but is critical to maintaining healthy, balanced ecosystems by looking after some of our fellow inhabitants of this wonderful planet. Visit their website, take a tour, and help support a keystone species. You won't regret it!
This summer is when I truly learned about the EWC and its critical mission to save endangered canids. It was the first organization of its kind in the USA and has been helping to keep the American Red Wolf and the Mexican Grey Wolf from becoming extinct since 1971! The staff is extremely dedicated to their important conservation work. Many innovations in the realm of conservation have been spawned by the staff at the EWC in conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This is one of the most important conservation facilities in the country, striving to save iconic American species. The facility itself is "off the beaten path" as the natural setting in which it operates (Tyson Research Facility in Eureka, MO) is ideal for its canid residents. Unfortunately, this places it outside of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District, so it receives NO tax money to support its critical work. It depends solely on the generosity and caring of the general public. I encourage EVERYONE to help the EWC in its endeavors by becoming members, taking tours, attending campfire howls, donating, adopting some of the resident animals (as I have) and spreading the word to friends and family members about the existence and importance of this Saint Louis conservation gem.
I love the Endangered Wolf Center! Every time I visit they do a great job to educate about the importance of their work and make sure the animals are safe. It’s such a beautiful area with great people working there. I highly recommend anyone that can should go and check out the facility. Make sure to check out Artie! He’s my favorite!
This is a great facility that does a lot to help save endangered canids. All of their tours are very educational and I always leave having learned something new. Definitely a must-do in St. Louis!
I have interned at 3 different places and one was the Endangered Wolf Center. The staff here was the best I’ve seen and they do incredible work to help save our American red wolves. They are a sanctuary, not a zoo, so the animals seem to be very happy there and they are definitely well taken care of! Love this place and still volunteer there to this day!!
I am really grateful to have such an outstanding conservation organization right here in St. Louis! My kids have attended several of the summer camp programs, winter survival camp and even volunteered for the Center. Their educational experiences have been so special and each encounter really resonated with them in ways that have inspired them to be good stewards for our wildlife and environment. Highly recommend this organization.
Wolves have always held a special place in my heart so I jumped at the chance to go to an Open House over 10 years ago in early October and was captivated at once. The tour guides gave a nice presentation of the Mexican grey wolves, red wolves, maned wolf and the swift fox. They gave the history of the Endangered Wolf Center (then known as the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center) and explained how their center operates, as well as how it benefits the regrowth of these species in the wild. I went to another Open House in 2012 and learned even more than I did before. I have recently been back for a private tour, where I was able to get a one-on-one educational background with a fantastic guide that gave great in-depth information on all of the wolves, foxes and African painted dogs that currently reside at the center. This past weekend I attended WolfFest 18 (which is the new name for their Open House) and I was truly blown away at how much the event had grown since the last time I attended one! All of the workers and volunteers were truly amazing - so friendly and knowledgeable and handled any question thrown their way with ease. They had so many fun and educational tools to engage the kids with that left the kids buzzing on the commuter bus on the ride back to the parking area! The Endangered Wolf Center is a fantastic facility, run by a caring crew of folks that pride in what they do and value educating those that come to the facility. It is for these reasons that I became a member by adopting one of their legacy Mexican grey wolves, named Anna at their WolfFest 18 event this past Saturday, October 20, 2018.
The Endangered Wolf Center is an extremely valuable resource. Their outreach, including their overnight camps and day hikes, engage the community and encourage people to learn more about the plight of wolves and how we can help. We have adopted a wolf and are extremely pleased with the center's engagement and updates they provide.
One of our friends recommended visiting the EWC, so we followed their advice, which resulted in one of the best weekends we'd had since moving to St.Louis!
We absolutely loved touring the facility, and enjoyed hearing about the center's recent progress in their mission in person from the staff, who happily satisfied our curiosity previously fueled only by our friend's memories. My son's favorite part of the trip was seeing the African painted dogs, who at first, just snuggled with each other, but eventually came up to greet us. He was a little confused when the tour guide, in response to his question, explained that no, they don't paint them with their colors when they're born and yes, each one is different. My daughter enjoyed making a game out of looking for the Mexican wolves, which, to their credit, did a great job blending into their surroundings. I'm very happy that we took our friend's advice, and visited. But most of all, I'm glad that my kids (and I) got to enjoy a unique outdoor experience, and simultaneously learn a few new things that altered our perspective. Later that week, when my daughter was watching Frozen, she pointed at the screen, where Kristoff and Anna were being attacked by wolves. "They don't do that," she said to me. I reassured her that yes, she was right. Wolves are way more afraid of us than we are of them. A week ago, that wouldn't have happened, because she wouldn't have known better. A week ago, wolves were still vicious creatures to us that deserved to be extinct. Now we know better.
As a bonus, I signed both of my children up for two weeks of Wolf Camp, a week-long camp at the EWC, which starts at 9 and goes until 3, which fits perfectly in my schedule most of the week, but on a few days I signed them up for extended care. They start next week, and can't wait!
Before moving to Missouri I knew about the EWC. It was actually one of the many bonuses of relocating from the East coast. I strongly felt that by educating folks about natural predators and supporting a place where successful breeding of these beautiful, beneficial Canids was actually happening would bring me joy.
I was right but had no idea the impact. The volunteer base is diverse as they are inspirational. Animal care staff are unrelentingly devoted. I've painted fences, raked leaves, cut wood,...but nothing compares to the wonderful questions people have and the look on someones face when they spot one of the Red or Grey wolves in the enclosures. Assisting on tours has been amazing.
It's beautiful to see families, school and scout groups, birthday parties(where a child actually in lieu of gifts asked for guests to help support the EWC!!) become more aware of a part of our natural order that we are very close to loosing.
Been too many months since I've volunteered. Work and life started overwhelming me to exhaustion. Time to at least visit if my body can't physically help out...yet.
Thank you for inspiring me in a world filled with enough knowledge and technology to be able to do better though our human greed often deters us.
Hear a wolf howl and you know the sound of life.
Once I joined this amazing organisation and saw the desperate importance of preserving these wolves, I was inspired to pursue a degree in conservation. The Endangered Wolf Center is a place that provides you with an understanding of how you directly impact other creatures on this planet, and will bring you closer to the keystone species of the west. The staff and volunteers at the EWC are all great teachers and it is easy to tell how large their hearts are for these beautiful animals. Go check out the Mexican gray, red, and maned wolves at the Endangered Wolf Center! Swift foxes, African painted dogs, and Fennec foxes can also be found on a guided tour around the center. This center was built to breed these endangered wolves so they can be released into the wild.
This is a place where you can see humans working to help restore balance to nature by returning the alpha predator to the wild in the natural territory of the Mexican Wolf, the Southwest United States and northern Mexico. Once there were only seven Mexican wolves in the whole world. Now they roam free in Nevada and Arizona. Inspirational, motivational, and sensational, visit the EWC and pump up your heart and your will to help the world be a better place for ALL us critters.