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.
The EWC has been largely responsible for the re-population and preservation of both the Eastern Red Wolf and the Mexican Gray Wolf. The facility is not designed for public entertainment, but is great for both the animals, and for educating the public. This is one of the often unknown jewels in the St Louis area. Please read about them online, schedule a tour and/or find out how to help support this fine organization.
The EWC has literally saved 2 species of Wolves from extinction. The staff and volunteers are passionate and hard working. The facility is quiet and peaceful and provides a great home for the Wolves but is also a great place for visitors as well. The tours are educational and interesting and the night time camp fire howls are a great experience especially during the autumn months. The staff and volunteers will dispel the age old myths and lies of how bad wolves are and will tell the truth on how wolves are shy and devoted to their families but also play a vital role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
I love the endangered wolf center! As a current employee, I come to work happy and excited to start the day. Our staff is extremely hard working and functions almost like a family. You can tell that our conservation message strikes a cord with guests through our amazing docents, volunteers, and staff members.
The Endangered Wolf Center is a very special place with a critical mission (To preserve and protect Mexican wolves, red wolves and other wild canid species, with purpose and passion, through carefully managed breeding, reintroduction and inspiring education programs). From the moment you enter the gates and meet your first staff member or volunteer, you sense the passion of a community of individuals committed to dispelling the cultural myths perpetrated by "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Three PIgs" and the like. With programs for all ages, the Center invites all who visit to have fun, gather knowledge and join the pack!
Fabulous facility with excellent staff and volunteers! They are all dedicated to their mission, rare with many other organizations. I've watched them grow so much over the past 6 years and they truly are dedicated to their endangered species. It's always a pleasure to volunteer and also to be a guest.
I was an intern for the center as well as a volunteer on tours and this center is truly a wonderful place. All the staff is so knowledgeable about the work they do and they're so passionate as well. The work they do with the reintroduction programs is inspiring and has helped me personally by fueling my own passion for this field. It's a fantastic, welcoming place with a lot to offer whether you are looking for a job, a chance to volunteer, or simply looking to visit to learn more about some pretty amazing wildlife.