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Endangered Wolf Center

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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Zoos & Aquariums

Mission: Our vision is a world where wolves and other wild canids coexist with humans, thrive in native habitats and are valued for their vital roles as leading members of a healthy ecosystem. Our mission is to preserve and protect wolves, with purpose and passion, through carefully managed breeding, reintroduction and inspiring education programs.

Results: Founded by zoologist and TV host of "Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom" Dr. Marlin Perkins and his wife Carol, the Endangered Wolf Center, a 501c (3) nonprofit was the first conservation center in North America. The Center has helped recover two of the world’s most endangered wolves – the Mexican gray wolf and the red wolf. The Center has a well-known reputation for breeding and introducing releasable wolves into their native habitats to help restore harmony to their ecosystems. The Endangered Wolf Center has also had marked husbandry success with other species of endangered canids, including swift foxes, African painted dogs, and South America’s maned wolf. It is a member of all of the Species Survival Plans and works closely with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services. Because of the Center's dedication, it has become a leader in the field of canid behavioral, physiological and breeding behavior research. It is also the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) certified related wolf facility in the world. Education plays a large role at the Center in communicating the importance of a healthy ecosystem, rich in biodiversity, where predators thrive and coexist with humans in harmony. Utilizing a strong core of trained volunteers, the staff of the Endangered Wolf Center works to increase the public understanding of conservation of species and ecosystems. To learn more about our results visit http://www.endangeredwolfcenter.org/our-center-legacy/

Target demographics: conservation

Geographic areas served: St. Louis, Mo.

Programs: The Endangered Wolf Center offers a wide range of tours and nightime events for individuals and groups, programs for schools, Scout troops and camps for children. The Center's education programs are unique, informative and fun!

Community Stories

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

A wonderful and unique addition to our community. Praise for the strong conservation related efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Caryn Johnson S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place does some great things and is one of the hidden gems of St. Louis!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sincerely

Lori S., Volunteer Docent

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Susan S.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Deanna Penwell K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!