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Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: Wolf Park is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to behavioral research, education and conservation, with the objective of improving the public's understanding of wolves and the value they provide to our environment.

Results: In the midst of very difficult financial times, thanks to you, our supporters, 2012 has been a big year for us: • Researchers and staff conducted more behavioral research than in any other year; • The Erich Klinghammer Endowment was created to provide long-term financial stability; • We added new events and fundraisers to our calendar; • A new Head Camp Counselor with a background as a school teacher was hired; and • Veterinary costs for six puppies and multiple surgeries for our aging animals were covered. We need your help today to reach our 2012 goal of $100,000.00 in additional donations to continue our mission and to help us grow.

Target demographics: Wolf Park is geared to all ages young and old

Geographic areas served: Globally

Programs: Wolf Park offers many programs such as

Community Stories

138 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organasation that helps our brother ,the wolf❤️❤️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Wolf park has the most informative staff ever. These people can help u to see the need for the park in getting the public to care and help with wolves .

Donor

Rating: 5

There is nothing like this in our State. Truly wonderful!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Wonderful experience, beautiful animals and humans that work with them and share their knowledge with us.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I remember a trip there with a class. My parents and I also went when I was younger.

anthelucy

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm from Italy and I've been at wolfPark in 2014, it was amazin seeing all this wolves so close and seeing them and their beheviour!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm fron Italy. I went to Wolf Park last summer (august 2014). It was amazing, i never sow wolves so close before, they're great, amazing, marvellous, fantastic. They need our support and our protection, Wolf Park does it.

Vegas A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic place. The animals are obviously in excellent hands. It was the best experience to go here and see the wolves in big spaces being wolves.

1 Denise130

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became a sponsor to one of their wolves when I happened to hear about Wolf Park and arranged a tour. It is amazing to see the wolves and to hear how much they contribute to the environment.
I love the face that I can come once a month, sometimes a two times a month to see my Wotan, up close and personal.
It's a beautiful place and the staff are amazing with all the animals, not just wolves but bison, foxes and coyotes. The staff certainly shows they love them as well as the people who come to tour the park.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love them always helping wolves.
This organization needs your support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always thought wolves were fabulous animals but the experience at Wolf Park put me into such a beautiful time beyond anything I could have imagined. The area itself is well cared for and the setting to show off the wolves, bison, coyotes, and the foxes fit perfectly. Then you get to meet and spend time with the people and you really get to understand why this is such a great experience. They respect and love the animals and each other. As an extra, my family gave me the gift of a wolf sponsership so after a safety and education session, able to actually be with the wolves and that was the most astonishing time. Nothing negative at any time. Always top of my best memories.

Vandana B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is known that the importance of wolves in keeping thebalance of nature. Being still endangered species, the work of this organization to teach people and increase awareness about wolves is very important. I visit this placeas and when possible, and feels very humble when get chance to interact with these beautiful species. The volunteers and people here and extremely passionate and good in doing what they do with passion.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love wolves and dislike hit they are misunderstood by most of society. I'm glad this charity is doing a lot for them and will give my full support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been going to Wolf Park since I was a child, and I always learn something new everytime I go there. The staff is extremely friendly and very knowledgeable on what they speak about. It is easy to tell that the animals under their care are being well taken care of.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support Wolves because they are essential for a healthy wildlife ecosystem. Wolves are beautiful, loyal and are family oriented. They have ruthlessly been brought near extinction so many times and are extinct in some areas. Please help Wolf park to save these precious animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

Visited two years ago. Was very impressed with the operation. Had a friend that got to go in with the Wolf that we had adopted and had pictures taken. Was very pleased with the pictures and she was ecstatic to have the opportunity to be with such a wonderful creature of nature. Would recommend this place for anyone that is interested in preserving nature at its best.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place. My wife and I sponsor 3 wolves. They are doing awesome work.

Kendra8

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a great and educational place .I love these beautiful animal's. Keep up the great work

llr0227

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was able to fulfill one of my lifetime dreams when I met three of the wolves in August this year. They are more beautiful and wonderful than I could have ever imagined. I love the work that is done at Wolf Park. I just wish the rest of the world lived them as much as I do.

Pam B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was there many years ago....and it was a most profound experience!!....Educational as well as food for the soul....

Barbara238

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wolf Park is at the top of my list of favorite things to do with my grandchildren. A visit there is educational, informative, and so much fun for all, regardless of age. Observing the animals individually and as a pack and participating in the wolf howl is, as my grandson says, "awesome!". We especially love the night walks and bon fire as a nice round-out to the evening. Thank you for such fun times!
Barb Davis

Heather_220

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wolf Park is amazing... and they don't just save wolves!!! I feel kin to wolves and pray for their safety in the wild from terrible human thinking....

THIS PERSON STANDS FOR WOLVES!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had our first visit over the summer. Absolutely loved the experience. My mom loved listening to the wolves howling and had always told me to go. She passed away three years ago so visiting reminded me of her.

Lynne K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely love this place. We learn something new every time we visit. I had one of the best days ever with the photography session and we even help sponsor a wolf. The staff is super friendly and helpful. .

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been wanting to visit for several years. We finally got there this spring, totally in love with it..so much so we adopted a wolf. It is very clean and the staff is super friendly. Such a great learning experience. I feel like I am feeding my soul when I visit..

Tanya29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a 3 day educational workshop in November here. It was a great learning and hands on experience compared to no other! The employees, volunteers and interns give so much to educate others. Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

everyday the information provided enlightens us. It is a pleasure to see all you have to offer. The wolves are my life. Please continue to educate everyone.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always loved wolves, and when I came across their website I knew I had to visit them one day. We ended up going to Wolf Park on our honeymoon. We loved it and I hope that we are able to go back on our 25th which is in 7 years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place to learn about the Wolf. I had the pleasure to sponsor a wolf a little while ago and had the experience of a lifetime to be able to visit with the pack. The memory will never be forgotten.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited Wolf Park with my family, and subscribe to their regular updates. The care and resources that they devote to the animals who reside there is simply amazing, and the events that they coordinate are always both enlightening and a blast to attend! From the Howl Nights where guests can howl along with the wolf pack, the Bison Demonstrations where the wolves mock hunt the herd of bison, to the Holiday events where the wolves are provided with treats like pumpkins or turkeys to play with/devour, the team at Wolf Park is always going above and beyond in their work with these animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wolf park is an amazing place where you can learn a lot about wolves. Wolf park is my favorite place to go. Visiting wolf park recharges me physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Shannon110

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent place to bring your kids and learn about the wolves. I had a fanatic time learning new things about the wolves didn't know they love to eat pumpkins.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

finally got to go and see a wolf for the first time, i am 60! needless to say there were tears. they take excellent care of all the animals, do a great job educating people with the facts about wolves, coyotes, foxes, and bison.

2 Kelly152

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I have watched many generations of wolves at this wonderful facility. There are so many lies being spread about these amazing animals. This place is a treasure, because it tells people the truth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is great place to learn the truth about wolves. There are so many les about them being spread.

1 Alice45

Donor

Rating: 5

Wolf park is a wonderful and education facility that loves their wolves and foxes. I've had the great opportunity to be face to face with many of the wolves and take part in photo seminars. All the staff and volunteers are wonderful. Highly recommend for anyone who has a love for wolves!!

Lynette4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wolves are a part of our lives. The Creator put them here and we learn from Wolves and all other wildlife he created as well. Shame on all of you trophy hunters. We don't like you.

Nymph K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The wonderful and dedicated staff that work with the wolves make it a pleasure to visit their website as well as their facebook page. I live in South Africa where we do not really have wolves and I've been visiting their website for more than 10 years now (since the days of the late Tristan and Marion et al) and I've always been so impressed with them and the work that they do. I totally love the pictures of Monty Sloan. Great organisation!

Donor

Rating: 5

Both my daughter and I have sponsored wolves at Wolf Park. After you attend a special training session you can go in with your wolf (with a highly trained Wolf Park Staffer also.) If your wolf isn't feeling sociable, they will take you in with another. It's an awesome experience for a wolf lover. I actually was kissed by my wolf Ayla! Even if you can afford to sponsor a wolf It's still a wonderful place to visit. The people there are friendly and very knowledgeable. This is not just a tourist trap - the people there really love wolves and have studied them for years and want to share all they have learned about these beautiful animals.

1 Anna96

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Not only are the staff at Wolf Park very knowledgeable about the candids at the park, they are also incredibly dedicated to caring for the animals and educating the public about them. No where else can you find a great team, who teaches about candid behavior and the management and socialization of captive wolves, while the public experiences the animals up close and personal.
Anna Grob

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their support of scouting makes them #! in my book. Not only is is a great facility as it, but they go our of their way to develop educational programming for children. Have fun and learn...that is what it's all about for my Girl Scouts.

JaneDoe6

Donor

Rating: 5

I wish I had known about Wolf Park sooner. I sponsor Wotan and it is awesome to see the wonderful work this organization does for these animals. Great people taking care of these beautiful animals. I wish there were more organizations like this one across the country. Please support Wolf Park anyway possible, by sponsorship or any donation. Thank you for listening and check out Wolf Park!!!

Angela130

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We took our two children to Wolf Park this spring and it went above and beyond my expectations. We planned on visiting and seeing some animals and having a good time but the staff was so knowledgeable and really new the animals on a personal level. We were part of a tour that the park does many times a day, in which they walk the guests around the park and teach them about the wildlife that they have on the grounds. They don't just point and introduce us to the animals, they teach us. They explain the actions animals in the wild as well in captivity, they teach us new facts that aren't as well known and they inform us of the impact humankind is having on their natural environment. This was such an amazing experience that we even went back that evening for Howl Night and we learned even more about these amazing animals. We can't wait to go back and we are now planning our next visit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing, the staff is so friendly and informative! It is very clean and the wolves are very well taken care of. I learned a great deal about these amazing animals on my visit there and plan to go back.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wolf Park is an amazing place! The staff and volunteers are all science based and use the socialized wolves, coyotes and foxes to help other scientists around the world better understand these creatures. Cognitive testing and other non invasive data is gathered on their populations. The animals are well cared for and look at the people and events help their as "environmental enrichment". I have been privileged to be associated and work with the animals and staff here for over 32 years. The place just keep getting better!

Donor

Rating: 5

These wolves have always been a part of me. From celebrating the births of the wolf pups to mourning the losses of the beloved long term wolves. They bring joy to a sad day and the beauty and education provided on this species is exhilarating.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a big fan of Wolf Park! Monty Sloan your the best! I have 3 almost 4 soon Wolfy's & encourage everyone to visit this site. I learn even more knowledge that make's my pack complete.Not everyone is suitable as you demonstrate,But the Joy you bring to all..they get for a lifetime! I am pleased to rate 5 stars..You all far exceed in Wolf Park INC!

Pat_61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wolves need all the protection they can get. Thank you for giving your wolves a safe haven. More people need to be educated about wolves and how important a species they are. Your sanctuary will show your wolf ambassadors to a wide variety of people. This will help their species by educating awareness of their plight in the wild.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went here in the fall for the first time ever, and it was Soo amazing. The tour leaders are very knowledgeable and kind. The park is clean and well taken care of. Fun for all ages!

Julie198

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Wolf Park is a great place to visit. It is a learning experience for those not familiar with wolf behavior. The resident wolves are beautiful as are the buffalo and foxes. If one chooses to sponsor a wolf, they have access to personal meetings with the wolves. I truly love this place and treasure each visit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wolf Park is a great place to learn about the wolf. The staff is kind, knowledgeable, and care deeply for the wolves there. Sponsorships are available to enable donors to visit the wolves one on one. I truly love this place. It is a great outing for the whole family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I LOVE visiting Wolf Park! Just a 10-minute drive outside of Lafayette, Wolf Park offers a unique and educational escape into nature! We particularly enjoy "Howl Night", where wolves get to strut their stuff, the staff give us a great debriefing on wolf behavior, and we ALL get to participate (even the neighboring dogs and coyotes can be heard joining in the distance). I'd recommend Wolf Park to anyone interested in these beautiful animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Wolf Park! They do a wonderful job of educating the public about wolves and their behavior and place in our ecosystem. They have wonderful staff and volunteers as well. Of course, my favorite part are the beautiful wolves. Love them! !
They are a worthy charity and have my full support.

Shawn24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great park!! The animals are beautiful and well cared for. I love coming here to see the wolves! They have lots of great activities through the year to allow people to come and learn and enjoy these awesome animals. Thank you Wolf park for caring for all of them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wolf Park is a great organization for wolves and humans! It is so important for people to be exposed to animals like wolves to see their true beauty and learn why it is so important for them to be protected. The park offers great events for humans from behind the scenes tour to howl nights with the wolves (I have personally been to both and theyre both great). You can tell that the staff really cares about their work and the animals they interact with. Definitely a very special place.

1 Cindi K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first visit to Wolf Park was about 15 years ago when I was involved in Greyhound rescue. We brought all my children with. We were educated on this first visit on pack behavior (which was a great lesson, being I had 4 adopted greyhouds in our home, along with fosters). The wolves were stunning, and the volunteers were great and did a wonderful job. We learned so much! I have returned many times for visits, can't get enough! Wolves are essential. Thank you Wolf Park for all you do to educate the world on the truth of the beautiful wolf!

Angela121

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visit Wolf park with our Girl Scout Troop. The Girls have so much fun learning about what the wolves eat and watching them.
I like that they give information so EVERYONE no matter age can understand and learn!
We are going to be setting up an overnight so the Girls can see the wolves actions at night.

giliwaya

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never to Wolf Park but reading about them on Facebook I see the loving and caring people that dedicate their lives to helping people more understand these wonder animals. Glad they are their to educate the public. Thanks for all you do. Love wolves

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I hope one day to visit Wolf Park have enjoyed their posts on Facebook. They seem very caring and most imformative about wolves. Keep u the great work and Thank you for all you do for wolves

Joshua27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wolf Park is both an educational experience and a thrill every time I've visited. It's easy to see how dedicated the staff are, how much they love the animals they care for, and how much they believe in their mission to educate the public about the true nature of wolves and further our understanding of them at the same time.

While watching the wolves gambol about the staff members' legs, it was possible to see domesticated canine behavior in their movements, but also the much sterner, prototypical material, the pack mentality, the strength and instincts of hunters. While the staff seemed at ease they were always firm with the wolves, always careful to maintain the balance they must have worked for years to achieve.

Bringing children to see these wolves up close, to prepare food for them, is something I wish every parent could do at some point. Both generations need to hear the message Wolf Park has for us, whether it's spoken explicitly or observed implicitly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We as Human Species "SERIOUSLY" need to Educate millions on people to save "MANKIND"! This killing of Wolves, Coyotes & so many other Wildlife Predators "MUST STOP" or Mankind will become "EXTINCTED" in the Future. This Maddness of killing all the Predators & placing Livestock on Public land sold by the Government it a Perfect Combination of promoting Diseases that will cause "PLAGUE's" of thousands of Viruses ( Like Ebola & MAD Cow) to the Human Race. without Predators to weed out and destroy the sick & diseased Elk & deer & others, Livestock will be exposed to Diseases from contact with diseased animals in the wild. Ranchers will sale their sick & diseased Livestock and corporations will process diseased meat to people to eat without knowing it until it's too late.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While my son was growing up, we made a number of visits to Wolf Park for tours and Howl Nights. When a vacancy opened up for a Head Counselor of Summer Camps, I jumped at the opportunity to work at the park. I've always been impressed by the quality of care the animals receive and that the animals' best interests is always #1. Now that I've been running the camp program for three years and have had the opportunity to see the behind the scenes operations of the park, I can still say that they are top notch in their knowledge and genuine care of the wolves, foxes, coyotes and bison. I recommend you visit the park and become members, enroll your children/grandchildren in camp, and sponsor one or more of our animals so you can go in and visit "your" animal. The gift shop has quality gifts and mementoes of your visit. Come visit our new red fox, Scarlette. She is awesome! Hope to see you at Wolf Park!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became familiar with Wolf Park when I took my young son for a visit in the mid 1990s. We took the tour and came back later for Howl Night. As an animal lover, I have very high standards when it comes to the care of captive animals. What I saw and heard impressed me. Every aspect of my visit was highly positive. The animal care staff was knowledgeable about the species and about the individual animal and the animals' best interests were always the top priority. We returned a number of times and when new neighbors moved in across the street, I brought their children to Wolf Park.

I am a teacher and Wolf Park became a favorite place for field trips. The staff provided detailed, educational information about wolf behavior in the wild and in captivity. They educated my students on the true nature of wolves as opposed to the wolf in fiction.

In the spring of 2012, I received an email at school indicating that Wolf Park was seeking a Head Camp Counselor to direct their summer camp program. I knew it was an excellent summer job for me and two hours later, I placed my resume on the desk at Wolf Park. I was thrilled to be offered the position. This summer, I look forward to my third summer running the camps at Wolf Park and educating children about wolves.

When camp is not in session, I volunteer at the Park. I've had many opportunities to observe human-animal interactions and I continue to be very impressed by the staff's dedication to the well-being of the wolves, coyotes, foxes and bison. The founder of Wolf Park, Dr. Klinghammer, believed that when you keep an animal in captivity, it is your responsibility to provide environmental enrichment to keep the animals mentally stimulated and happy. These enriching activities take place throughout the year and are great fun for humans and animals alike.

Wolf Park has a large (almost 7 acre) main pack enclosure as well as smaller enclosures in the East Lake Retirement Center. Since Wolf Park takes outstanding care of the wolves, they live very long lives and just like humans may need assisted living as they age, the animals often need a place to retire apart from the main pack. The staff is dedicated to providing all the care the animal needs to be healthy and comfortable. The animals receive vet care throughout their lives.

Wolf Park is a world renowned wolf research facility conducting behavioral research. Animal science majors from universities around the world travel to Wolf Park to learn about canis lupus. One of the most extensive libraries of books, research papers and audio/visual materials on wolves are available for these students.

I just can't say enough good things about the park. The large numbers of dedicated volunteers and interns speaks volumes about the quality of care they give to the animals. Visit the park, take a tour, howl with the wolves, attend a seminar, attend a special event and send your children to summer camp at Wolf Park. You will walk away with a new appreciation of the wolf and their importance to the environment.

1 Eveline L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported Wolf Park for two decades because of their mission to save wolves, foxes, coyotes, provide ample enrichment for the animals, education and fun events for visitors. I loved howl night and getting to meet my wolves. Sponsors get regular updates.

1 Ben_43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love the Wolf Park. Unfortunately, not as many people in Indiana know about it outside of the local area. We've been to several events, and howling with the wolves is always a favorite for kids (and parents). The staff here has always been great, and they answer a ton of questions for the visitors. The admission is cheap, and they have an enclosed viewing room in addition to the bleachers in case of bad weather.

Because we live in Indianapolis, we typically try to time our visits with other events in the Lafayette area and a visit to Prophetstown State Park or some of the local memorials. Wolf Park is appropriate for all ages, and would probably make for a unique and fun date night. Their website lists lots of events, so there is almost always something going on.

Cheryl130

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think it was deplorable what the white man did to this beautiful animals to be begin with when they came to America and Canada. They not have to hunt just about extinction. They are for a purpose just like us.

Rita31

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Wolves and their packs are very important to our ecosystem.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've visited Wolf Park twice and plan to go back in the future when I visit Lafayette. The tours/talks are interesting and you're sure to learn something new. The staff is wonderful. The first time I went, I figured it would be interesting, but didn't think I'd want to be a regular visitor. Boy, was I wrong! Wolf Park is truly a hidden treasure. Don't miss it!

Sunshine M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I luv Wolf Park it helps preserve Wolve's, & helps teach people about Wolves & nature! Please help support them, every penny helps!!

1 Mark158

Donor

Rating: 5

A long time ago I sponsored the release of two wolves being introduced to Yellowstone National Park. Imagine my surprised when I learned of the research center in my own state. I scheduled a meeting and had a VIP tour which I became a member and sponsor of a pup named Marion. For many years we supported her and made quarterly trips up to see her. It is a great facility, well trained staff and your chance to see wolves among other animals. Monty's photography is also awesome and he holds seminars. Please visit and make donations. I encourage you to sponsor as well. I wish I could do more.