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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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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162 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with the International Wolf Center at the state fair for a few years now and have loved the experience. They have a good booth and we stay at it all the time to answer questions from the public. They work hard to make sure we are up to date on wolf facts. A lot of people come by every shift and it's fun to be able to talk to them about the latest wolf info.

Gailyn B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is such a wonderful organization. They share the science of wildlife and their wildlands to the public to educate people about wolves so everyone can make an educated assessment of wolves and everything between the relationship of them with human and their environment. The best thing is at the wolf center you are able to observe the ambassador wolves and their pack behavior. Their advocacy is not biased or emotional, it is all based in science, not sentiment. A worthy and important nonprofit that does a lot of great work. One of my favorites things that they do is the International Wolf Symposium is hosted by them every five years where wolf scientist from all over the world come together to discuss current wolf issues from around the globe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best non-profits. Their mission is education. They teach science and let people form their own opinions based on facts. They are not political.

Tracy S.7

Donor

Rating: 5

When I learned about the wolf Romeo in Alaska, I was heartbroken at how it ended. However, that was a my first significant exposure to the complexity and wonder of wolves. I also wondered if anyone was doing anything to help them. Via iExplore, I found International Wolf Center. In the span of six months, I've watched a wonderfully dedicated team of personnel not just meet the needs of the wolves in residence, but genuinely love them. Lori Schmidt and the team go out of the way to share their knowledge and love of wolves, and educate the public wherever they can. They actively engage in Facebook, iExplore chats, and so many other places...willing to answer any question. They've instilled in me the same love for wolves that they have, to the point that I've decided to study Wildlife Conservation. The best scenes of all are watching the love between them and wolves at IWC. It's so special!

slt617

Donor

Rating: 5

The mission to teach the world about the true nature of wolves is alive and well at the IWC. Through programs with the ambassador wolves visitors see the behaviors of a wolf pack up close and can see how they work as a family unit. The new interactive exhibit further shows the ways wolves live and how they are studied in the wild. A must visit experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The best learning experience about Wolves and their relationships within the pack and in the ecosystem. Up close viewing of these misrepresented apex predators gives a balanced view of the dynamics of a pack. The new exhibit inside the center provides a learning experience for all ages while showing a diverse picture of the family nature of Wolves. A must for Wolf lovers and those who still hold outdated negative images of Wolves.

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Kristen47

Donor

Rating: 5

My family loves the International Wolf Center! The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, and the center is built in a way that allows you to get up close to the wolves (through glass) without disturbing them. I love that they make the wolves' experience as close to their natural habitat as possible. I highly recommend attending the session where you can stay overnight at the center, and see the wolves throughout the night and first thing in the morning. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have been to the International Wolf Center in Ely many times. When you go you learn something new about wolves. Before covid we would sit for a couple of hours at a time and just watch them, my favorite was Aiden! Now every morning and several times during the day I go on the web cams and watch the boys, and o do I love listening to them howl. This place is not only educational but its a place of peace, and to learn how wolves interact. Our yearly trip is just around the corner, and were bringing my sister with next, she has seen all our pictures and just how much we love it there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taken multiple groups of high school students from the Twin Cities to Ely for an overnight program. It is one of the highlights of our year. The staff does an outstanding job of making the time not only educational, but fun as well. They have great offerings for classes both on-site and off-site. I am looking forward to the time I can resume these trips!

Donor

Rating: 5

2 of my children attended a daycamp at the IWC in 2019. It was one of the best things we've ever done. They still talk about it to this day & they often talk about all the things they learned. Everyone is so excited for our trip this summer to see the new pups at the International Wolf Center.

Tallan M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've visited the Center annually for the past three years, and intend on continuing the tradition every year for the foreseeable future! These folks truly care about spreading unbiased information to as many people as possible. Information is presented matter-of-factly and visitors are encouraged to form their own opinions about wolves. Viewing the ambassador wolves from within the Center's auditorium is always a delight, but simply sitting back and watching the PEOPLE is almost equally as fulfilling. Parents explaining to their kids about what it means to be a keystone species, photographers baring their expensive equipment and hoping to get that one good shot, and a whole crew of employees, interns, and volunteers that have dedicated their lives to removing misinformation and ensuring every guest leaves with memories they will never forget.

It's off the beaten path, but please, please find the time to plan a visit! You will not regret it!

Norah N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going to the IWC my whole life and have learned so much about the area and the local wolf populations! They have always had kind staff who always know what they are talking about!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are TOP RATE and should be considered angles!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I highly recommend the IWC to anyone interested in learning more about wolves. The IWC provides an unbiased perspective of wolves based on scientific information. The emphasis is on educating the public with facts versus the prevailing myths that surround wolves. I have been visiting the IWC in person and following the wolves online since 2003. The Ely, MN center is a wonderful place to see wolves up close. There is a really beautiful interactive display area where both adults and children can learn all about the amazing lives of wolves. If you can’t visit in person, the wolf.org website is really great with cameras that allow you to observe the wolves from the comfort of your home!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a great experience in 2018 when I came up and did the photography weekend with the wolves. Took some great pictures and learned how look for different postures of the wolves and what they mean which added to my experience. Am planning on going back up sometime in fall.

Konner K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center’s mission is to educate people about wolves, their interactions with the environment, and their relationship with humans around the world. Through their daily presentations, interactive education exhibit, and their resident wolves, the center does a wonderful job of this! Each and every individual that works at the center is engaging and enthusiastic when talking about the wolves at the center and wolves across the world. As someone who interned at this center last summer, I could not speak highly enough of this center and it’s employees.

Jutta L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Informative and interesting. An important institution to help wolves.

Grace M.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been visiting IWC for nearly 25 years. It is where I fell in love with wolves and learned the importance of conservation as a child. It helped guide my career choice down the road. On nice days, wolves are visible right up at the viewing windows. Staff give enrichment to bring wolves out on a regular basis. Staff are also always present to answer guest questions. I also recommend to visit during different seasons!

Justin P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is one of the best places to learn about wolves.The staff there is really friendly and helpful.Whether it's to learn about the wolves and their habitats or to chat,they are friendly to talk with. If your in Minnesota and want a great place to visit and you love wolves,I wholeheartedly recommend the wolf center up in Ely. It is completely worth the drive up there. I personally love it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The information about the wolves is top-notch. They truly care about their animals, keep their fans updated, have an amazing place to visit, and superb stuff with the coronavirus going on!! I always love the International Wolf Center in Ely!!!

JoAnna F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic non-profit institution, which I've been a supporter and admirer of for many years. Our family visits to their center have always been some of the highlights of our year, and the care, attention to their mission, and incredible work they do on behalf of the wolves is wonderful to see. Many thanks to all the staff and supporters!

Andi N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long time member and volunteer, I can confidently say that first and foremost, the center is focused on education. Particularly about wolves, but also about the wild lands they call home. The time and care invested in the animals in their care can’t be matched anywhere. The staff truly do provide the best possible care to the ambassador wolves, and teach the public how wild wolves fit into he ecosystem

lunaboltz

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved for about 15 years and find the organization to be mission driven. It is flexible in program presentation and management of the wolves on site. The leadership evaluates, prioritizes, sets goals to meet the mission. I have been involved at all levels from pup care, stuffing envelopes, working booths, being a board member and chairing committees. I am proud to be a member of the International Wolf Center and proud of the education work we do.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center provides learning experiences that help both children and adults understand the role the wolf plays in the environment. Personally I had the opportunity to learn first-hand about wolf behavior by taking care of pups.

Donor

Rating: 5

I follow many wolf groups and am a wolf advocate. This organization is essential in keeping wolves safe. Without it, many will die. It extremely important to keep this organization running for the welfare of these beautiful creatures.

Amy S.12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IWC provides top notch education about the often misunderstood wolves. I’ve learned so much and continue to support their work. If you visit Ely, this is a stop you can’t afford to miss!

Lisa H.17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is the place to obtain the most detailed and non biased educational information. The center educates the public regarding wolves and their place in the environment.

Leslie K.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome place to learn about wolves and their positive impact on the environment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

International Wolf Center has been a part of our family tradition for over 12 years. We benefit in so many ways: visiting the center in Ely, participating in workshops, volunteering at the MN State Fair exhibit, serving as pup care staff, learning from webinars, and watching the wolf cams. Such an amazing way to learn about a beautiful animal.

Doreen8

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been members of this great organization since 2003 and strongly believe in there education about wolves. It has taught me a lot on how wolves are no different than humans, as far taking care of their family and all. I am still learning about the different types of wolves there is, here in the United States and other locations of the world. How we as humans, need to know how important they are to our environment and removing different animals from our world, can change our environment or ego system. My husband try to get up there at least once a year and sometimes more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been a member and donor of this great cause, for about 10 years. It is great talking with the staff members that are in the cites and up in Ely, MN. They teach about the habitat that wolves live in the wild. You can learn about behaviors of wolves, how they are doing in the US and abroad. It is always very interesting to learn at the center about what's for dinner - for the ambassador wolves that are located on site; behind the scenes and if you are there in the evening, you might have one of the ambassador wolves come close to the window so you can get a nice photo of them. There are other programs that you can be involved with; for instant how they can search for collared wolves, in the wild with the use of telemetry; signs of where the wolves have traveled by recognizing wolf tracks, etc. So much to be educated about wolves and their survival.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An excellent place who teach about wolfs and their behaviour.
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Linda A. C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the International Wolf Center for the first time last September and thoroughly enjoyed it. The young wildlife biologists that presented the programs did a superb job, and the “Discover Wolves” exhibit is very well designed. I appreciate most the center’s mission of educating the public about wolves and their place in our world. I highly recommend giving this unique nonprofit organization a visit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Really great experience! My children loved it! Their programming is first rate and the staff and volunteers are amazing, knowledgeable, and friendly. We plan to visit again and would recommend this as all!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been members for 3 years now and love supporting the Wolf Center. It has been fun getting to know the individual ambassador wolves through our visits. The staff is very knowledge,
friendly and always willing to answer questions. As members we have enjoyed participating in activities such as Tracking the Pack and Behind the Scenes. My fourteen year old son was able to volunteer for a month last summer while he was visiting his grandparents. We appreciated the curator giving him the opportunity to help out with various jobs! We can't wait to get back up and visit in 3 weeks!

Christopher H.7

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been to the International Wolf Center three times and each time the visit was extraordinary! From the layout and interpretation to the staff and stars, I'm grateful for the work they do and look forward to coming back. The stars? That would be the wolves, of course.

Krissy F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern and volunteer for the International Wolf Center and their education, wolf care, and extra programming is top notch. Very caring staff and board, with the main goal to help wolves escape from their undeserved scrutiny through education. I loved it there and miss it terribly. Highly recommend visiting. There's something for everyone to enjoy and learn!

Alexis T.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the International Wolf Center! Everything from the items they sell to the admission to the multiple events they provide is priced reasonably. They treat their wolves so well and they take such great care of them! Thr center itself is easy to find and it's beautiful! The center is so clean and amazing!

Bobbi B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

IWC has changed our lives. We have been returning twice a year since our first visit years ago. We have learned SO much about wolves and how the natural world works. Staff is AMAZING- their love of the wolves in their care is do evident and their well being is top priority. As a result of the IWC we belong to several organizations promoting wolves and other wild life. We can’t say enough about the wolves, staff and organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is our "go to" spot for day trips -- 4 to 5 times a year. Knowledgeable staff, excellent wolfcare givers and a fun time every time we visit. Their stated mission and teachings are balanced and fair to people on both sides of the fence on what the future of North American wolves should be--then you decide. We love this place and the wolves.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was 1 of the coolest and safe place to beable to view the behavior of wolves in thier habitat. Plan on going back some summer soon

Heather R.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place to learn about an often misunderstood species. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of my visits to the International Wolf Center and love that they offer online resources (including a fun wolf cam) as well.

Michelle G.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great experience we had here! We got to see the wolves in action after learning so much in the display area. Great family activity!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve visited the International Wolf Center, Ely Minnesota on 4 occasions over the past 3 years. I’m from the UK. It was an amazing experience each time and wonderful to view the wolves. I attended the evening viewings too. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. I look forward to visiting again in 2021!

SuSan D.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recommend the Wolf Center to all people visiting our RV campsite located in Gilbert, MN as a great place to visit.

Alex C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My boyfriend and I went to the IWC last spring and it was quite possibly the best vacation we've ever taken. The wolves are visible and seem to be taken care of in the best possible way! I love love love love love the IWC and cannot wait to come back up ASAP!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My boyfriend and I went up for a romantic weekend and ended up going there two days in a row! We got to learn all about the history of the wolves and see them in action! We’ve decided to come up for more date weekends.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Beautiful facility, great education staff and programs, terrific asset for northern Minnesota! I attended a training here for educators and was so impressed!

Kelsey S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great educational spaces inside the actual building, plus a variety of webinars and things to view online. Really good place to learn about wolves.

Patrice W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed the IWC for the past few years. They provide some of the finest wolf care on the planet. Already experts, they analyse each new situation, or new condition unique to a certain wolf and come up with ingenious solutions - their minds are always open to further knowledge. Their webinars and updates are very well crafted , highly educational and a joy to watch. Their care is truly tender loving care. They are a very fine organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

We found this wonderful place when Boltz and Luna were pups and have loved it ever since. We are able to visit at least once a year and stay in touch with the webinars and weekly updates. It's thrilling to follow the wolves as they grow up and establish relationships. The staff at the center are knowledgeable and very friendly. You can even communicate directly with the head curator. We adopt most or all of the wolves each year. So get individual updates on each of them. We will continue our membership forever.

Denise H.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center (IWC) is truly a special organization. Besides a center where you can come face to face with wolves, they take great care in providing educational material on a daily basis, that is based in scientific fact - not hearsay or hype.

The Board and staff are highly engaged and truly passionate about the mission of the center. During the pandemic, the staff has provided hours upon hours of free educational sessions and webinars.

On a 4 year basis, the IWC hosts a symposium that is truly world class. And, on a 4 year cycle, they add pups to their exhibit. (2020 was set to be a pup year but the pandemic caused the decision to delay until 2021.)

The Center publishes a quarterly magazine for all members that is chock full of information and beautiful pictures. A retail store (at the center and online) provides shoppers with quality logo gear and wolf-themed items.

Throughout the year there are events like the annual auction, a gala, wolf care webinars and biologist webinars, adventures, and special programs. Look them up at www.wolf.org!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member since the 90's and have not only watched the center grow but it did so while staying true to its mission which is to educate. In a time when we are bombarded by information from many channels, it's important to know what is fact versus fiction.

As a member, I have watched wolves on webcams daily, attended informative webinars, received a quarterly magazine full of information and pictures, got discounts on great wolf themed items, visited the Center several times, participated in a howl and tried my hand at telemetry, attended a wolf symposium run by the Center, and met some great folks who are dedicated and enthusiastic about sharing their passion. I cannot begin to quantify all that I have experienced and gained from my membership over the years!

Wolf lover or not, you owe it to yourself to learn more about the natural world around you. The International Wolf Center can help you do that! Below is a pic of me (Left) at the center last October with Wolf Curator Lori Schmidt. And a pic of Greyson and Axel from a visit in May 2019.

Kathleen B.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently found this group on Facebook and am delighted and humbled by the work they do toward educating the public of the plight of the wolf, their importance to our eco system, and how we can participate in saving these beautiful endangered animals.

Steph V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the IWC about 20 years ago and I immediately feel in love with the wolves and beautiful center. Since then, I've become a volunteer and have met all the loving people who help run/work the center. It was a great pleasure to have met the curator Lori Schmidt, and got to hear some of her great stories. The directors and board members I have met have so much passion, and have spent so much of their time with the wolves and hard work on creating a beautiful educational facility. It's a very peaceful place for all to see, no matter what age.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing place! Very informative and great for all ages to learn about wolves! Staff is very friendly and helpful!

Lynn M. C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center has been a great place to visit for my whole family. My picture shows the very first Ambassador wolf pups to arrive in Ely. The educational experience and staff at the center have truly enhanced my understanding of wolves and their importance and impact in a healthy ecosystem.

Steve H.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a 5th grade teacher in IN for over 20 years. I became a fan of wolves as as teenager, so obviously I have followed the International Wolf Center since its inception. As a member of the general public and as a teacher, I love everything they do to educate the public and support wolves worldwide.
I have used their resources since day one of my teaching career, but my relationship with them became more intimate during and since I had the privilege of attending an educational Wolf Weekend at IWC. Now I still use the free resources they provided then, but they also provide my students with fun and educational items free of charge. These items inspire my students each year and are such a blessing to the education of these young minds!

Tony F.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in MN and have visited the International Wolf Center a few times and each time I am amazed at everything they have to offer for all ages. I learn something new or see something new that I may have missed before. It is just a wonderful place to visit at any time during the year.

Sarah Michele H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My story with the International Wolf Center started in October 2018. For my oldest daughter's tenth birthday my husband and I let her choose a wolf to adopt. She chose Axel! Part of that gift was a trip to go visit Axel and the other wolves in the spring. We recently made that trip with my family of four, my mother in law, my two sisters, and two nieces! We had an absolute blast! The staff were so knowledgeable and eager to answer questions professionally and honestly. There was something for everyone to enjoy between the exhibit, theater, little wolf hands on play/learning center, presentation's by staff, and of course just sitting and enjoy watching the wolves up close and personal! One of my favorite moments was when we returned Saturday evening for the "What's for Dinner" class. We were one of the first people in, and as we were walking towards the wolf veiwing area, Axel was there waiting. My daughter started skipping to the auditorium and Axel trotted along beside her. It was so sweet to see her light up! We enjoyed learning so much about wolves, all nine of us! We can't wait to go back! This all started with one little girls passion and love for wolves that has now sparked interest in our whole family! Thank you for an unforgettable experience!

Dana20

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful place to visit with family or friends to observe and learn about wolves. The staff is knowledgeable and focused on providing excellent care of the wolves in their facility. Highly recommend a visit to Ely or join the excellent webinar series online to see and learn about the wolves. IWC does excellent work educating the world about wolves without bias.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a visitor to the IWC in Ely at least twice a year for the last 13 years. The facility is beautiful and their programs are all really well run and interesting. I admire their stand on education without undo persuasion. I highly recommend that anyone interested in learning more about wolves visit the website to learn more. Go to Ely if you can, it is a great place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is one of the most impressive non- profit organizations because they don't push particular views on you. They give you all the information about wolves, the science of them, both sides of the political and social views of wolves and let you make your own opinions about wolves and everything relating to them. They are 100% about integrity and non-biased. They also feature so many events that are informative and entertaining for everyone visiting and while visiting, even the people who already love wolves learn new things every visit. I am one of those people who have volunteers for the International Wolf Center and I am proud to be a small part of this wonderful organization.

1 Tammy Senty P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Is an amazing place. A lot of information and great viewing of the wolves. The volunteers are great, very knowledgeable and ready to help. On our visit the wolves weren't moving much so we went to the gift area. One of the volunteers came and got us when some of the wolves made it down closer to window. Greatly appreciated the extra attention!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

If you want to see kids being inspired to learn, sit back and observe the kiddos engaging in learning and watching wolf behavior at the International Wolf Center. While the wolves are amazing, watching the kiddos completely enthralled takes your breath away.

Faith L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the International Wolf Center with my 7 and 5 year old children for the first time and I cannot wait to return! The volunteers were amazing and answered the many many questions my children had. To this day, my children call our family a wolf pack. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers and keeping us connected through the videos you post!

Natasha N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Been there multiple times I still love going there. Very friendly staff who are very willing to educate. Brought my niece and nephew they absolutely loved seeing the live wolves and they could not get enough of the kids Center.

1 Ellie C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been coming to the International Wolf Center for 20 years, been a member almost as long and I love this place. It has fantastic room for kids to learn and explore, great educational programs for all ages and of course you actually see wolves. This place holds a very special place in my heart from my childhood and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first visited the International Wolf Center a few years after it was founded. That would've been when I was 12 or 13. I absolutely loved the place and have gone back many times since then. The education and information provided is second-to-none. I also adore all the wolves, both past and present. I'm a renewing member, and also try to visit at least once per year. I highly recommend this great place to anyone.

Matheus De Mesquita S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center completely changed my professional and personal life. I always liked wolves and since my childhood I wanted to see and study them, but, I lived in Brazil and well... you get the picture. Curator Lori Schmidt and the International Wolf Center not only opened the door for me as a researcher with their classes and contacts, but it was there that I saw a wolf for the first time - so they also realized a childs dream.

Untill today, almost ten year later, I still remember when Aidan approached the window and look at me, and this is, by far, one of my most dear memories. So, the International Wolf Center not only help researchers and educate people about how wolves really are, but they make dreams come true... all around the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the wolf center in Ely a few times and have had a great experience. I love wolves, obviously, and think they're doing the right thing by just trying to educate people about them.