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

Mission: The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), founded in 1999 by Hélène Grimaud, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit environmental education organization located in South Salem, NY. The WCC’s mission is to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. By providing science-based education programming with Ambassador wolves, we allow wolves and humans to better coexist, improve our efforts to successfully restore endangered wolves to their ancestral homes in the wild, and encourage a philosophy of respect for all living things. The WCC also participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Recovery Plan for two critically endangered wolf species, the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) and the red wolf (Canis rufus). As the pre-eminent facility in the eastern United States for the captive breeding and pre-release of endangered wolf species, the WCC aims to become the National model in SSP standards and train other SSP’s to expand our mission impact and results.

Target demographics: We see a world where vibrant populations of wolves roam wild landscapes across the continent; where no species of wolf cowers on the edge of extinction; and where every child learns of, and respects, these essential creatures.

Geographic areas served: The WCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America.

Programs: Through wolves the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World. IN addition to offering science-based education programming to children and adults alike, the WCC participates in the federal Species Survival Plans (SSP) for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf and mobilize support for these misunderstood and at-risk predators.

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87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

During the month of November, 10 year old Bria raised funds through her art for the Wolf Conservation Center. She sold original paintings, prints and notecards in hopes of putting a face to the girm reality that the Mexican grey wolves and red wolves face. Both species are critically endangered with less than 70 of them left in the wild. Bria collected her funds all funds all month with plans to donate on #GivingTuesday because her dobation would be matched. When the 29tj of November rolled around she donated $1,740.00 to the Wolf Conservation Center in New York. In her own words,...Wolves are important to the ecosystem and can change the movement of water with their howl. They live in packs and have families just like us. There are less then 100 red wolves and Mexican gray wolves combined! Wolves are beautiful animals with feelings just like us. How could people love there dogs and not like wolves; there almost the exact same. Thank you for all of your support that has helped me donate $ 1,740 to the Wolf Conservation Center "The wolf is nether man's competitor nor his enemy. He is a fellow creature with whom the earth must be shared." L. David Mech

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djerseylvt

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Once again our visit to the Wolf Conservation Center exceeded our expectations. The caring staff and volunteers made our visit spectacular. I love WCC because I believe in their mission to "teach people about wolves, their relationship to the environment and the human role in protecting their future." Only through education will people begin to realize that wolves are an essential part to any healthy ecosystem. No question was a silly question for our program leaders. They made everyone feel welcomed! Beyond the education aspect, WCC is just beyond beautiful. It is my peaceful place in this crazy world...and I travel from 5 hours away. If you haven't visited, please make time to go. You will not be disappointed. In fact, we are planning our next trip.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wolf Conservation Center is an amazing place. My family has had the privilege of visiting multiple times and are visiting again in October. Each visit we learn something new about these misunderstood animals. We live 5 hours away in Virginia and look forward to our visit each trip.
WCC has four ambassador wolves that teach visitors about their wild kin and they do an amazing job! The programs are family friendly, engaging and fun! WCC staff and volunteers are fantastic. Each staff member I have meet has been more than accommodating during our visit. They are knowledgeable and they really care that visitors learn the importance of the wolf to our ecosystem.
In addition to the center's ambassador wolves, WCC is part of the species survival program and significantly contributes to maintaining the genetic integrity of critically endangered wolves-Mexican gray wolves and Red Wolves. WCC conservation efforts are unsurpassed and I respect the work that they do on the wolf's behalf.
The WCC works tirelessly to dispel the myth of the big bad wolf. Please take the time to visit, learn and fall in love with wolves. WCC's core value is "its belief that education can be a positive catalyst for change!"

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Sherry A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love being so close to the wolves! I have been here twice now and have a remarkable experience every time! Love wolves? Want to know more about them? Then this is definitely the place for you!

JiunMay L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WCC does a perfect job to protect wolves. Awesome

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learn a lot from WCC website, very educational institution . People, we need WCC not only for our future generations also for everyone in the world to learn about wolves and how a wolf pack family member take care and react to other family members. Then , we human can learn that these precious creatures are also have souls and feelings like us.
And also how important they are to our environmental .
WCC is a very important and great website and institution.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The WCC is a great organization which provides excellent care to some of the most endangered wolves that we have in our country. They also have educational programs for the public on how important these beautiful animals are to all of us. With their live cams of the wolves we as the public get to see the dynamics of the wolves family life and how essential they are to our environment. The WCC is open to the public where you visit and get to meet some of the ambassador wolves they have and listen to the amazing music the wolves sing. The people and volunteers that work there are some of the most dedicated people who truly understand how important it is for all of us to protect, defend, love, and appreciate all of our beautiful wildlife. They are the voice for the voiceless.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since the Spring of 2015, my husband and I have been to the Wolf Conservation Center, Inc. three times together, and two more times I was there alone. If I could, I would work there. This organization is so caring, not only for the wolves at their location, but, for people who come to see the wolves to understand them. The staff is so knowledgeable: they are all outstanding when it comes to lecturing, whether it is for adults, or, children. Their annual calendar is packed with activities that can help everyone understand and enjoy the lives of the wolves. I can only say that WCC is wonderful in every way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Caring, responsible, educating the population… I can write a book on the amazing, phenomenal care the WCC gives the wolves that reside there, and, the information they provide to those who visit. They educate everyone who visits. After our visit, they won my husband over; and, that is no easy challenge! We are planning another visit this autumn. The staff is wonderful, and, the 'Ambassador Wolves' are magnificent. If you can, I urge you to go for a visit: and, if you are able, please leave a donation for the WCC, or, mail one in. You will not be disappointed!

1 Cathy108

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Yes there are wolves in New York! The Wolf Conservation Center is in a league of there own and should be a model for others to follow.

I have visited 3 times and can't wait to back. There are many programs you can attend that are great learning tools for any age. My favorite is sleeping with wolves.

The staff and director are very knowledgeable and personable.

The grounds are beautiful and the wolves are taken care of by an attentive and loving staff.

I'm from Tx and yes I traveled to see a very special Wolf named "Atka" celebtrate his 15th Birthday.

WCC is an amazing place to visit and learn that wolves are Essential.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited WCC and love it! The grounds are beautiful and the staff are helpful and knowledgeable. You are able to meet the beautiful ambassador wolves, and it's a moment you will not forget. They have an outstanding website full off information and resources to quide you in the lives of wolves and advocacy. The live cams are fun and educational. I plan on visiting again in the fall and can't wait! Once you visit, this place will always have a special place in your heart.

Connie69

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the good fortune of visiting WCC twice so far, last October and again this past weekend where some friends and I went to Sleeping with Wolves. We did a two nighter this time around and had a blast.

The second evening we were there we were sitting outside Ambassador Atka's enclosure and just as a joke I howled and to my surprise and amazement, Atka responded. I was so thrilled to hear him. He is such an awesome wolf and ambassador for his wild kin. Later that evening or I should say early morning the wolves started to howl and it was breathtaking to hear the distict sounds of the Ambassador Wolves Atka, Zephyr, Alawa and Nikai along with the Mexican Gray Wolves and the yips of the Red Wolves it brought tears to my eyes.

WCC is an awesome non-for-profit organization that offers spectacular programs for children and adults. WCC are participants of the SSP Wolf Captive Breeding program which aims to increase the numbers of Red Wolves and Mexican Gray wolves and hopefully release them out into the wild where one day they'll be able to live wild and free.

The staff and volunteers are super friendly, very knowledgeable and no question was left unanswered.

As we were just about to leave we were treated to a howlfest by the wolves. My heart just overflowed with joy hearing them. I will definitely be going back to see them again!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) by accident about three years ago while surfing the net for live wolf webcams and I immediately fell in love. This past year we have witnessed, through the webcams at the WCC, the birth of endangered Red Wolf Pups which was a miracle to behold and watching them as they grew and stretched their little legs was such a joy to witness. Unfortunately we also saw the passing of some amazing Lobos that we were lucky enough to watch through the webcams as well.

Myself and a wonderful group of friends plan to visit WCC in the fall to experience the joys that others have had in seeing the wonderful work WCC does in helping with the recovery of these rare Red and Mexican Gray wolves and their contribution to the revitalization of the wolf species more directly as participants of the SSP Wolf Captive Breeding program and to meet their awesome Ambassador Wolves Atka, Zephyr, Alawa and Nikai.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, WCC staff and volunteers for all the hard work that you do in protecting and caring for these wonderful wolves.

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Sylvia16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The effort WWC staff and volunteers put into wolf conservation is outstanding. This combined with a wide knowledge base of wolf conservation should place the entire centre in line for recognition.
It's a tough world when people with the power to instruct conservation don't do so and without centres such as WCC, wolves would run the risk of becoming extinct.
I have nothing but admiration for these people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WCC is an outstanding conservation centre whose care and careful breeding plans are are of the highest merit.
The centre also has a large number of dedicated followers who interact with each other, all of whom are wolf lovers and wish to protect the species,

Lisa_loveswolves0666

Donor

Rating: 5

I have now had an opportunity to visit WCC twice, once last October and then again last weekend for 2 nights of sleeping with the wolves. I even donated sometime to lend a helping hand.
The staff and volunteers are amazing and help to open both young and old eyes to how essential wolves are to the ecosystem. The love and care they provide for each wolf wows me! They are a part of the Specie Survival Plan and every spring they help make a difference to the already low numbers of wolves remaining. It takes a lot of planning and care when pups arrive, they ensure each is healthy and strong.
I would recommend everyone visit and howl with the wolves, it's been worth the drive from Canada for me! Thanks to WCC and all they do for all wolves. My hope as
I know is theirs, is to one day release them safely and protected back into their own natural habitats. Until then they are in good hands. I will continue to advocate along side WCC for all wolves.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been supporting WCC since May of last year. I followed a link to observe a litter of Red wolf pups and was so happy when I saw there was four other cameras I could view as well. I got to know each and everyone of the wolves with the information that was posted on each cam page, I have been watching them ever since.

Being an advocate I was also very impressed to see all WCC did both via their website and Facebook page for all the wolves residing there. You can see how much they love and care for each of them.
All the staff gives us hope that one day we may not need to be the voice for these beautiful species. They all work hard to educate both the old and the young on how important the wolves are to our environment and that they do have a purpose.
Until that day I am happy they have a place and people like WCC to help increase their numbers. We can't let the days & nights be void of their sweet howls.
I am looking forward to visiting WCC this October. I can't wait to see Ambassador/educator wolf Atka as well as his neighbors, sibling trio Zephyr, Alawa and Nikai. To see and hear the howls of all the beautiful wolves will be exciting.
I will also be happy to personally thank all the staff and volunteers. Keep up all the great and hard work you do, not just for the WCC wolves but for all of them.
See you in the Fall!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following the Wolf Conservation Center since winter of 2014 and was fortunate enough to enjoy "Sleeping With the Wolves" October 2015! WCC was both attentive and informative during my stay, and my friends from all parts of the country were treated like wolf royalty too. My continued support of their environmental conservation goals remains, and I look forward to my next trip up to New York. ~VV

#IstandForWolves #WorthFightingFor #RewildYourHeart #StopExtinction

Janet27

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is doing a wonderful job in the help of restoring wolf populations.

1 Lynn103

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been watching WCC for over 2 years now.They are truely amazing in what they do.They are doing all they can to save the Red Wolf and Gray Wolf Species.Plus they have education programs to teach our young people about conservation and saving the wolves.They are important to the breeding and release of Wolves back into the wild.Wonderful program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came to know WCC about a year ago.I have always loved wolves and was looking to help save them.When I found out about them and checked them out,I was thrilled.As I found out more and learned what they do and are doing to bring back the endangered wolves,I knew what a wonderful place it is.Plus they teach our young people about them and what needs to be done to save them.I am so grateful to them for all they do.And the cams are amazing.Getting to watch them in real time.I thank them and am grateful for thier amazing work and how well the wolves are cared for.Thank you WCC!!

Donor

Rating: 5

What an exceptional place!! The staff are extremely helpful, informative, and enthusiastic about their mission to save wolves from extinction. The wolves are pretty awesome, too!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff at the Wolf Conservation Center are all so passionate and knowledgeable and always go above and beyond to make sure your visit is exceptional.

2 Kim_214

Donor

Rating: 5

WCC is a wonderful advocate and lifeline to critically endangered wolves - namely the red wolf and Mexican gray wolf. WCC is a member of the Species Survival Plan and has literally saved these species from going extinct. The wolves are in large enclosures and live as packs, as they would in the wild. WCC also has ambassador wolves (some pictured below) to help open minds and hearts. WCC encourages living peacefully with those we share the land with, and following the science that shows wolves are not a threat to mankind, but an important predator that keeps balance in the environment. I feel my donations to WCC are worth every penny! They truly care about the future of wolves and keep their members informed through daily blogs, websites, and even have webcams available to the general public to view these endangered wolves in their habitats. I look forward to visiting WCC later this year!

2 Pia W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for WCC I wouldn't have know as much about wolves as I do now, been a viewer on their web-cams for way over a year and been following the good things (pups) and the sad things (loosing a member of the wolf family) Thank you for all the hard work you do, to keep these precious and endagered animals a part of nature ;) and for educating the public .

2 Elaine55

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To be able to be apart of wcc even though I am million miles away , the love and support they constantly give to all the endangered wolves in their care is outstanding and to always keep us well informed on those beautiful wolves is totally amazing. The ups and downs we go through with them like family.

1 Sharon178

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found the Wolf Conservation Center about a year ago when the Red pups were born. I have learned so much about the wolves from watching the cams. I want to thank the WCC for everything they are doing for the endangered wolves. Thank you for all you do WCC! Keep up the good work!

1 Kgayle

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wolves have long been very special. I was referred to this particular site by a friend who knew how interested I am and how much I love these animals. I did not realize how little I really knew about these awesome wolves. This site has information on anything you could possibly want to know or answers to any question you might have regarding these magnificent creatures. All of these things are a wonderful resource but to be able to watch as babies are born, grow and sometimes die is invaluable. To be able to see how they live "when no one is watching" is an experience beyond anything I have ever experienced. I have been blessed to be awestruck at the birth of a litter of Reds and to be broken hearted when one of the litter passed away. We all learned so much from "Mama Grey" - her life, her struggles, her relationship with her "children" and the unbelievable pain when she passed away. A learning site - ABSOLUTELY A place to share with people who are like minded and working together to keep these endangered species alive - ABSOLUTELY There is no better to be found - anywhere.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The WCC was recommended to me by a friend that knew of my interest in these wonderful animals. I had no idea what I was going to find. It has been one of the most gratifying and educational experience I've ever had. The human pack here is something so special, you have to experience it. The administrative staff, volunteer, and wolf addicts(as we call ourselves) are a unique group. I have learned so much in the few months that I have been affiliated. I have never known people that were so dedicated to the protection and revitalization of these special creatures. With people like this how can we help but win this battle we are in to save these beautiful wolves.