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International Wolf Center

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Community Stories

152 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One summer day in the north woods of MN, I discovered the International Wolf Center with my husband. I love wolves and was so impressed with the facilities, the crew and of course, how well educated I became about wolves during my visit that inspires me to this day. It is an especially committed and worthwhile non-profit helping to raise awareness and protect the wolf.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a must stop everytime we are in Ely!!! Best way to spend a Saturday night watching wolves eat.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Distance is a problem for me, but I have followed the IWC since 2008, my first visit was in 2010. As we walked in the door I knew we had came into a wonderful place, full of great things. The people are so caring and helpful, answering all question that you could put to them.
I love the fact the school's and classrooms can be involved also..
Since my first visit I have been able to be a nanny for the 2012 pups and the 2016 pups, best experience a person could ever have. Again without the caring & knowledgeable people that are in charge, this great place would never exist.
Since I live in an area that get's winter visitors I'm always running into folks from Minnesota I always ask have been to Ely & the International Wolf Center. If the answer is no. You can guess you my reply is.. Oh you must go...

Kim_265

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kim W. I have been volunteering at the International Wolf Center for 13 years. From the first day I visited, till today, I knew this was the type of organization I wanted to be involved with any way possible. The staff is dedicated to scienced based wolf education and lets visitors make their own decisions regarding tough wolf opinions. The care of the captive wolves on site is first rate and their care is a top priority.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We drove about 4 hours to get to the International Wolf Center. It was a very calming drive up north through the trees and smaller towns. Once you get to the center the staff is very well mannered and friendly. They have wonderful lectures, videos, and displays about wolves in case you want to learn more about them while you are visiting. The staff knows a ton and is more than willing to answer all of your questions. It's a great place for all ages and is easy access. The wolves themselves definitely have their own personality and are entertaining to watch and learn more about.

Kelcie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to serve as an educator/intern in 2014 and in prior months. I have always felt apart of a team, a family if you will, of strong staff who are dedicated towards serving the missing statement and educating the public about wolves. Working for the wolf center has not only been a dream of mine but also something which I have and will always cherish as one of my favorite memories and internships. I love the mission of the wolf center and educational tools they not only provide their staff but the public as well. Come join us for a unique experience, where you may learn about wolves and (hopefully, if you are patient) see them up close through the glass.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ever since I was a little girl in grade school, I had always wanted to visit the center. I tried to persuade my parents to take a trip up to visit but the cost of travel was always too much. We spent our summers doing other things instead. However, the desire to visit the center never died. As the years progressed, I actually almost forgot about the wolf center because I turned my attention away from wolves and began to focus on birds. I was always told "forget about working with wolves, it's practically impossible in the wildlife field" and the bird passion later sprouted. Now, as a college student, I am on my way to becoming a wildlife professional. Every summer I attempt internships despite them being out of state. Last summer I was located in Wisconsin and remembered the Wolf Center. I became a member and planned on visiting because I was finally within driving distance. However, my vehicle then decided to have a gas leak and my journey was halted. I still received updates about the center through their membership magazine, wolf logs, and wolf cams. The later two located on their website. I began to secretly desire to pursue wolf related internships again and as the 2014 summer approached, I found an internship application and applied. I was in absolute disbelief when I was interviewed and the fact that I was hired as a Summer Educator was practically surreal. I could not believe it. Everyone told me it was impossible and yet I still managed to prove people wrong again.

In short, thank you IWC for the opportunities you provide. Not only do you provide college students the chance to work with you through internships but you also have volunteer experience for anyone interested in helping the center out. Membership opportunities include a quarterly magazine filled with factual based articles and various other fun things as you climb the membership ranks; such as limited edition Ambassador Wolf coins. The website, wolf.org, offers people the chance to view the wolves via wolf cams, wolf logs, and weekly youtube videos that update folks about the center's activity. Now that I have experience working with the staff members at IWC (board members, wolf care, educators, store management, etc) - I can honestly say that each and every one of them is truly wonderful! I love that the center's goal to be as factual and scientific as possible rather than constantly telling you to "Save the wolves! Just because!". The wolf center makes sure that each of the wolves are properly cared for and it truly shows based on their physical appearance, behaviors, and interactions with one another. Sometimes you see animals pacing back and forth in the enclosure but the center's wolves are rather relaxed and do not have to worry about constantly being bothered. The wolves are medicated, vaccinated, and more. On top of all this, there are various programs and events that the public can get involved in so that they may learn factual based information about wolves. I truly have nothing bad to say about the wolf center.

Thank you IWC for all the wonderful opportunities you offer!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is an amazing and educational place to visit, with dioramas to give good, scientific information while not overwhelming you. Being able to see their ambassador wolves is an unforgettable experience, and well worth getting one of their Adoption Kits. Love visiting this outstanding place!

Jennifer R N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

International Wolf Center is one of the bestttttttt examples of specialist in wolves caring for their every needs without over involving the wolves in their care to be humanly socialized. Over the years I have followed their dynamic care and educational background that they provide, making the public awareness strong. They introduced many wolves as pups that needed to survive and allow them entry with adult wolves, adaptation and prosperity they give. I enjoy being a member, support their efforts, and in this climate where delisting of wolve off the endangered species act, horrible things are happening to wild wolves in their few ecosystems. We need wolves to thrive not be hunted. Please spread the significance of their center we need more like this.

bagel4

Former staff

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center offers many great opportunities to learn about wolves -- both at their facility in Ely, MN where you can see the ambassador wolves and take part in wonderful programs, and online at www.wolf.org where you can watch the wolf web cams or get information about wolves around the world. The staff is knowledgeable and conveys a real passion for these beautiful animals. The Wolf Center does a great job with environmental education for people of all ages.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I visited the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN and it was an amazing experience. Seeing the "ambassador" wolves was a life-changing experience for my children and for me.

The staff was knowledgeable and helpful and the facility was amazing. I can't wait to go back and take part in the many programs they offer for adults and children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is a vital key to my work as a children's educator. Real time facts and no fooling around with myths and legends. They take their work seriously and as a result they are foundational in the work of preserving one of earth's most amazing creatures.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This center is world class! The center alone is a wealth of information, but the staff add so much to the experience! I always leave leaning something new. I will continue to keep visiting and supporting the International Wolf Center.

Gailyn B.

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.

Melinda30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've visited this center back in March and have planned another trip next month and I live in South Carolina. It is amazing to see these gorgeous wolves up close. The staff is very knowledgeable and the facility is beautiful. Must see.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been enthralled with wolves since 1993, and when my family took me to the International Wolf Center in 1998, I knew that this passion was more than just a small fancy. As I have grown, I have also watched the Center grow: enriching the exhibit enclosure with a pond, more rocks and trees; creating retirement enclosures and a pack holding area; the expansion of the wolf lab for the care of wolf pups; new technology being added into daily programs to aid in the dissemination of information to the public. Through the murky waters of economics, ecology, politics, and preservation, the IWC has sought only to educate the world about wolves, because an individual will not fear what they do not understand (and the wolf has endured through decades of misunderstanding). I had the honor this year to participate in the Wolf Pup Care program, which made a childhood dream of mine come true. All of my experiences with the wolves and staff of the IWC over the decades of my life have been formative, and I cannot imagine the Northwoods of Minnesota without the presence of this humble facility. Their work with leading experts in the field of conservation and biology have uncovered more about the secret lives of this animal in the last 20 years than we previously knew, which enables the public to be on the leading edge of information. I would be pleased to see the IWC receive funds through this campaign so that my children and grandchildren may also have the opportunities to see such majestic creatures exhibit their natural behaviors so we can do right by their wild brothers and sisters.

JessicaKatzenberger

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the International Wolf Center for the first time on a Girl Scout trip when I was 10 years old - and I was immediately hooked. I fell in love with wolves at a very young age, but the chance to get so close to them turned it into an addiction. Since then I have visited many times over the years, and I recently became a member as well. The IWC does an amazing job educating without prejudice - they give you the information from both sides of any topic, and let you make your own judgment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Best Wolf Learning Center in the world. The Ambassador Wolves, Staff and the Center itself with the Store, many Programs, Wolf viewing area and social media including Webinars make this a must see destination!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have loved wolves ever since I was a kid. I read every book about wolves in our local library in Philadelphia. Wolves are terribly misunderstood, and I really dislike how they continue to be viewed as something to fear. More people should live like wolves do. My trip to the International Wolf Center in Ely was a great experience. The people there are very knowledgeable, and eager to answer questions. The big viewing window looking out on the wolf yard is fascinating. Some of the wolves walk up to the window and look you right in the eye as though you are the one on display, not them. The people at IWC have a great Facebook content, and keep wolf lovers up to date with the new pups, the pack, and the retirees. Their page is constantly teaching "wolf".

Gail60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have loved the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN since the first time I visited in 2010. I have always been in awe of wolves. I am a proud member of the IWC and drive up there every year and sometimes twice a year. Since visiting there I have learned so much about wolves that it has only intensified my feelings of awe. I have adopted two different wolves, and I always look forward to what I can learn the next time I visit. I have the utmost respect for the way the curator Lori and her staff protect both visitors and the wolves. The center offers wonderful programs and the staff is always willing to respond to questions.

2 Don_43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the International Wolf Center since 1999 when I first learned of the wonderful educational programs that they offered. I participated in several of these adventure programs and in the process learned much about wolf ecology and behavior plus met many people during these programs that shared the same passion for the wolf as I do. About 10 years ago, I decided to move near the center and became a volunteer. I'm now a part of the wolf care staff and helping out with various educational programs that they still offer to carry out their mission to "teach the world about wolves".

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a naturalist, I have lead many bus tours to Ely, MN to visit the Wolf Center. We have always had wonderful educators from the Center provide interesting and thought provoking programs with a non-biased approach. The information is up-to-date concerning wolf research and wolf politics. Our tour participants learn so much and with the experience of viewing the wolf ambassadors, they take away first-hand knowledge of wolf behavior. I have used the wolf cams during many of my own programs on wolves and the participants are always engaged and curious.

Amber77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved volunteering so much fun and the staff was always friendly and willing to answer questions can't wait to go back someday soon

Former staff

Rating: 5

The international wolf center is a top notch nonprofit. The non biased approach to wolf education the Center takes on is like nothing else. I am extremely proud to call myself Center Staff.

Megan92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to help out to clear out the wolf pens when I was at Vermilion Community Collage. Plus for a class I studied the behaver of the main pack. All of this was because the main caretaker was one of my teachers and club adviser.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After hand-feeding an alpha black male wolf, who'd been caught and brought into Mpls, (via a bet) to get him set free back where these two guys found him, I became very interesting in wolf and how wise and sweet they truly are. That's when I got involved in the Int'l Wolf Center online. The information given is very educational, the people very kind and courteous, and the pictures and film (since I'm now in WA) just amazingly beautiful and caring of the very species I worked to get free. The guys who caught him, could not get near the cage they had him in, they had to put a ladder against the top of the cage to feed him. I bet them that within one week I would hand-feed him and while they thought I was nuts, they agreed. I spent everyday talking to him telling him that it wasn't just him who had to trust me, but that I also to trust that he knew where the food ended and the hand began. They told me I didn't have to do so, but wolf and I had something to show them about respect and compassion. He lifted the raw steak off my hand, set it down, came back and licked my hand clean of every bit of blood residue and then he sat down and grinned at them. They took him back the next day to right where they'd found him. Right in the Int'l Wolf Sanctuary territory. I told them about him and they watched for him and his pack, and that's how we began to communicate. If there's a pledge, a petition, a film or a picture they want me to look at (this is 30 years later) they make sure to send it to me via FB. Questions are answered quickly, and they are very open to answering even the silliest of ones as well, without any attitude. I highly recommend this agency for this award as they've been instrumental in making people aware of wolf's true habits and personality and have always answered any question I might have, or any other petitions I might post as well. They are my heroes and I couldn't say anything bad about them, because I've only experienced kindness and respect. Please help them and others learn about wolf and how wondrous a creature wolf truly is. Thank you.

Holly75

Donor

Rating: 5

We first visited the Internal Wolf Center this summer. We were so impressed with the quality of their educational programming we joined as members that day. We've since enjoyed their YouTube videos, webinars and returned to the center as part of a day long bus trip from Minneapolis to Ely that included an amazing behind the scenes tour. I have long been concerned about the future of wolves and feel that supporting the center's mission to teach the world about wolves is the most helpful investment I can make.

Jim_106

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When visiting Ely with my son, we had the fortune of discovering the International Wolf Center. This rich experience changed my knowledge of wolves both in history and in ecology. My son was duly impressed at the dedicated pack of ambassador wolves sand their behaviors. The learning experience was a lasting one, and both my son and I became regular donors/supporters and remain so even years after the visit.
The center is well laid out with visuals about wolves in literature and mythology, challenging some of the most prevalent myths and revealing atrocities humans commit against a species they fear and lack for understanding.
If more people could experience the International Wolf Center, such ignorance and cruelty as has taken place would be itself replaced by a deeper appreciation of wildlife in general and wolves in particular.

Terri43

Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago, I first visited the IWC. I came away with a new perception of the role of wolves. Now, every time we visit Ely (most recently, three summers in a row), IWC is my primary destination. Was privileged to learn about pups with the most recent additions and watch them grow. We always spend several hours at the center. I most like the educational programs and the films we have viewed in the theater there. Always watch the weekly You Tube videos, too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I have loved wolves for many years. Last year our vacation was in Ely and the IWC. We had a fantastic time! Lori was wonderful. She explained the wolves habits and personalities in great detail. She, along with all the other employees were so professional and helpful. We are happy to support the Center, and are looking forward to another vacation there. Ely is a beautiful town, with friendly people and amazing shopping. IWC please keep up the great work! The wolves, people in Minnesota and the world appreciate all you have done and continue to do. If you're reading this and haven't visited the IWC, what are you waiting for? You will not be disappointed! Great memories await you!

Bette Q

Cheryl99

Donor

Rating: 5

I have loved wolves since childhood and have been an active donor and supporter of the Center for 10 years. My busband and I attended the International Wolf Symposium they hosted in 2013 and intend to sign up for the Oct 2014 Wolf Trek. I would gladly volunteer my time (now that I'm retired) and fund the financial expense for the opportunoty to help socialize new members to the ambassador pack. That would be an absolute dream come true for me...and something I truly believe I was put here to do. My love for wolves defies explanation. I am so proud of the Center's work and the impact they have made in helping people understand wolves and their role in sustaining healthy environments. They have and will continue to truly make a difference for wolves...and I shall support them all the way!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Ely for the first time a few years ago and fell in love with the town, the people, and especially the IWC. They brought to life a love of wolves I didn't know I had until I visited. What an amazing place and amazing people, working tirelessly to educate the world about wolves. I've been back each year and plan to continue the tradition for many years to come. The IWC is one of my most favorite places, anywhere.

Traci6

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered the IWC via the weekly youtube videos & have only visited thru the internet. This is one of those few non-profits that achieve their mission statement everyday. I have learned so much about wolves in the past year. The IWC has ignited a passion in me about wolves that I wish I was younger so I could go back to school & study wolf biology. From photos, logs, & videos I feel like I know the Ambassador Wolves personally. When Artic wolf Malik died I donated a small amount in his memory. A few weeks later I received a photo of him with a wonderful letter. When Shadow passed away, again small donation, I received a phone call. Just amazing the way the IWC treats it's members & public. From Lori & the entire Wolf Care staff, to the board, to the volunteers, this entire organization is truly inspiring. I am planning my first visit for 2015 & can't wait!!!

Judy Hunter

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer about 8 years ago and continue to give my time because I believe in the mission of education. IWC does a fantastic job of teaching people about wolves and the environment. The on site visits by people are something they will never forget. Volunteers and staff work together to provide an valuable learning experience. I am proud to be a volunteer for IWC.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a proud member of the International Wolf Center board of directors. Isn't it great that this is such a multi-faceted organization? The International Wolf Center is a comprehensive resource for students, teachers, outdoor enthusiasts, biologists, naturalists, scientists, researchers, environmentalists, conservationists, and anyone who values and appreciates wolves and the important role they play in our environment. Our members and donors fall on all sides of controversial issues. At a time when polarized debate occupies much real estate in contemporary culture, an organization like the Wolf Center plays a more valuable role than ever. Our mission of education makes us a leading organization in the world of wolves. We strive to teach everyone about wolves and humans and the impact we have on the environment.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of wolves for a long time, and this particular organization always comes up in conversations I have with another non-profit that I work for. This seems to be one of those model non-profits that others look up to. Even their website shows a sense of compassion and professionalism and sincere desire to make a positive difference to wolves and their habitat. If I ever travel to MN, this is one place I will most definitely visit because I believe it is a worthwhile venture.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My visits come via the internet. For a long time I was watching Malik & Shadow. When I saw a wolf was missing I sent them an email. They let me know that Malik had been euthanized. Shadow followed his brother two months later. Via webcam I can see the staff interact with the wolves. They are very caring. The site is very informational and their goal is to save wolves and educate the public. I have donated several times. They do a fine job.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a life-long supporter of wolf conservation. My annual trips to Ely, MN to visit the International Wolf Center convinced me that they do a magnificent job supporting the preservation of the wolves and wilderness. They do it in a professional, mindful, and knowledgeable way to meet the needs of the public at large and the needs of this unique species through the power of education.

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered the International Wolf Center by accident when I was surfing the web for live web cams related to wolves and I've been a faithful observer or voyeur of the wolves at the center ever since. I personally loved watching Shadow and Malik and how they interacted with the wolf care staff. It was a pleasure to be a small part of their lives even though I won't be able too see them anymore since they have both left us. Grizzer has now moved into the space and he's a delight to watch as well as Aidan, Denali, Luna and Boltz in the Exhibit area. The wolf care staff are wonderful, knowledgeable and helpful with questions submitted to them on Facebook and through their website. I've yet to visit the IWC but it is definitely on my bucket list.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I visited the center in 2011 and found it very informative. Staff and volunteers were very helpful. They allowed us to walk around and move at our own pace. If we had questions that someone was unsure of they always directed us to someone who would have the answer. Nice displays. Never easy to see wildlife confined to a restricted area but they seem to have made life for the resident wolves comfortable. I plan on visiting this Spring or Summer again.
Since wolves are now legal to hunt again in Minnesota, I feel this organization can hopefully help the wolf population not be diminished.

Donor

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center serves an important function in educating people about wolves. I traveled from California to Minnesota for the express purpose of visiting the IWC and thoroughly enjoyed the center's educational displays, staff presentations and discussions, and the opportunity to see the center's ambassador wolves in action in the wolf yard. The center also maintains an excellent Web site that allows the public to follow the ambassador wolves and upcoming center activities. Seeing these magnificent animals up close was a wonderful and exciting experience, especially after having had the chance to learn all about the center's wolves via web cam and weekly updates. I believe that the IWC's educational focus helps to fulfill a vital need by providing a better understanding of wolves and the role they play in the environment.

Rebecca Mesa

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started out as a volunteer for the International Wolf Center in 2006. When a position opened I applied for it and got it. I've been a staff member now for almost 7 years. I love working for the Center and love my job. It is very gratifying to work for such a worthy cause and the people I work with are fantastic! I love the contact I have with all our members/donors and enjoy hearing their stories. I also see first hand the dedication and care our staff has for the wolves and the people who support them and us. And, of course, I love all the wolf education I get too! We truly are THE organization to go to for accurate and honest wolf information. Information is power, and with that power, a lot of good can be done.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After I retired from the Air Force and moved back home to Minnesota, I began volunteering for the International Wolf Center in April 2006. I absolutely loved it! Such a wonderful staff and volunteers, and I felt appreciated and knew I was helping a good cause. In Feb 2007 an opening came up in the Membership department and I applied and got accepted. I've been here ever since and can't imagine being anywhere else. I see the passion in the people I work with every day, and it is so inspiring. Education of the public is so vital to the well being of the wolves. We must not only love and care about them, but must know them and understand them the best we can, and pass on that knowledge. The International Wolf Center reaches people all around the world, and we often hear from our supporters about the impact we've made in their lives and for the wolves. Thank you to all of you.

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Lisa309

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The IWC does it right! They take the time to educate the public by engaging the visitor to become appreciative of Wolves. They want the public to walk away with a diverse look at the species and its importance of survival within the ecosystem. What I find fascinating is that they don't glamorize the wolf to the public they paint a realistic picture of the species and how it isn't always cute but an integral part in the balance of nature.

Board Member

Rating: 4

The International Wolf Center does an excellent job of delivery their mission of education. We teach the world about wolves through the Center in Ely and the experience of observing wolf behavior on site. The Center also just completed a Symposium that attracted wolf biologist from all over the world to come and share their experiences with wolf research. It was an opportunity for everyone to learn and network.

Sharon97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

After many years of being a member, I was finally able to visit the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN. I was very impressed, beautiful facility. Very educational. I give it an A+. Only wish we lived closer so I could volunteer. They try to educate the public and give them the knowledge on wolf behavior. Very impressed on how they get the children involved in different activities, they are our future. Keep up the good work!!!

Eve S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful educational facility. Love hearing about wolves, enjoy watching the exhibit pack, and they have wonderful programs for all ages. Really makes the public aware of the contributions animals like wolves make to the environment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The IWC is such a top notch organization. I am a proud member and I have confidence that my dollars are used wisely for the many facets of what the IWC does. I have been to the center twice and plan on trying to come each summer for many years to come. They have numerous educational opportunities available. You can watch weekly updates on YouTube with great narration by Lori Schmidt. You can see that the wolves are taken care of far above any standards required by the USDA. I like that the IWC does not take a political stance on the issue of wolves and thereby creates an environment In which all sides are able to come together and have a science based discussion on wolves and their role. I had very high expectations the first time I visited the center, they blew my expectations out of the water! I began planning my next visit the next summer immediately after returning home. I am planning my visit for next (2014) now.

JacobTepsa

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is a great place! I love going to the International Wolf Center! They have an awesome YouTube channel showing many things that the wolves at the wolf center do. The staff are wonderful. The International Wolf Center hosts some pretty cool events. Dr. David Mech and Nancy Gibson have worked together to make this a great place. They have good and well known experts at the wolf center. Nancy jo Tubbs has done a great job as the Chair of the Board of Directors. I would like to thank all the staff and the people at wolf Center for making great trips for me. This wolf Center is doing a great job and keep it up guys! Thank you!
I would also like to thank Rob Schultz and Judy Hunter for showing me around and also you guys are so great and are so good at your job.
Lori Schmidt Wow, you do so many great things for the Wolves at the wolf center, Thank you. You are a great Wolf Curator.
Jacob Tepsa

Nina13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was involved in wolf studies in the late 80's and early 90's and had the opportunity to see the pups raised and how they evolved. The Wolf Center is a great educational opportunity for children and adults alike. I have been there several times over the years and am always pleased with the visit. They also offer great hands on experiences. International wolf Center is one of my favorite non profits.

Judy92

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love learning about wolves, and always look forward to the weekly updates on the resident ambassador wolves as well as the great narrated videos.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Paul
As a board member of the International Wolf Center, I have worked with Dr. David Mech since 1990. His incomparable experience comes from 55 years of wolf research, being a member of the Eastern Timber Wolf Recovery Team and the Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Team and a former member Mexican Wolf Recovery Team. He authored the first Red Wolf Recovery Plan. He has written nine books and three scientific monographs pertaining to wolves and has authored 300-plus scientific articles about wolves and wolf prey. Dr. Mech collaborates with wolf biologists all over the world as Chair of the Wolf Specialist Group of the International Union of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) of the World Conservation Union. Although Dr. Mech founded the International Wolf Center and supports it in many incredible ways, he is not a spokesperson for the Center. Dr. Mech speaks about wolves based on his and other scientists' research and for his own agency, the U.S. Geological Survey.
To understand wolf biology, it is essential, but not always easy, to learn the factual, unbiased information that science provides. The International Wolf Center is very fortunate to have Dr. Mech and his associates, who are the world’s leading wolf researchers, as resources for the information we share with the public about the real wolf.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2012 the International Wolf Center board heard some odd scuttlebutt implying that the Center supports the state's hunting and trapping policies and is funded by the state's Department of Natural Resources. This is pants-on-fire false. The DNR acts (only) as the Center's landlord and, in fact, the Center pays the state an annual lease fee. All parties agree that, as a well established 501c-3 non-profit, the Center is independently guided — mission, policy and operations — by our board of directors. With education as its tool, the Center takes no stance on issues, including hunting. We provide science-based information about wolves and strive to be a place for educated dialogue. We respect people's ability to form their own informed opinions about difficult questions. To those of you who have connected with the International Wolf Center — through our ambassador wolf pack, educational programs, distance learning, Web site or our interpretive facility in Ely, MN — THANK YOU. Your commitment to wolves and their habitats is key to their continued survival. We appreciate your feedback and value your input.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I frequently teach about wolves in classrooms throughout Wisconsin. I've had nothing but positive experiences with the International Wolf Center – through educational programs, resources on its Web site and at the staff at the interpretive facility in Ely, MN. The members of the ambassador wolf pack there are some of the most impressive educators around. I'm just part of a community of more than a million people who benefit each year from the Center’s work to provide education and outreach about wolves to people of all ages everywhere. The Center inspires me to a commitment to wolves that keeps me reaching out to the most important people in the wolf's future — today's school children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For me, the International Wolf Center is a valued place where people of opposing views on wolves can come together. This intersection allows factual data to be the focus, so anyone can feel free to ask tough questions and learn. As the saying goes, knowledge is power. Providing people with relevant, up-to-date information and a range of perspectives encourages healthy, respectful dialogue and empowers all of us to make informed decisions. In a contentious world, the Wolf Center is a treasure that deserves my donations and my membership. Debbie H.

Donor

Rating: 1

I was a member of the IWC for years but stopped donating and visiting after Minnesota wolves were removed from the endangered species list, a hunt/trapping season was put in place and the founder of IWC, Dr. David Mech, claimed to be neutral on the issue but has written articles and been quoted several times saying things that only support killing wolves and lessening the population. I received a Membership magazine from the IWC this quarter that even talked about the hunt as if it wasn't going to happen, it mentioned our DNR taking into consideration a public comment on the hunt. The article was grossly outdated because the hunt/trap was put in place long before the article was written and the DNR never took the publics comments into consideration. 80% of people surveyed by the DNR are against the hunt/trap and yet David Mech keeps making comments in favor of the DNR's decision. I gave money for years to the IWC thinking I was educating people on wolves to diminish the irrational fear people had in order to keep our gray wolf population safe so they could keep growing in numbers. Instead our state wasted countless dollars bringing back the wolf from the brink of extinction only to have them slaughtered once more. http://www.wolf.org/wolves/learn/basic/resources/mech_pdfs/311Considerations4DevelopingWolfHarvesting.pdf

1 Melissa110

Donor

Rating: 1

I won't be donating to any wolf organization that supports wolf hunting. And Dr. David Mech does.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It all started with a visit to the International Wolf Center booth at the Minnesota State Fair and a trip to the flagship educational facility in Ely in 2001. I had always been interested in wolves and their behavior, so I inquired about volunteer opportunities which led to my first experience helping at the 2002 Minnesota State Fair booth. Ten years later, I am still volunteering. It is a privilege to help the Center because I support its mission to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future. I enjoy working with the staff and other volunteers and it is rewarding to know that you are truly appreciated for your commitment.

Carolyn32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of being a Pup Care Participant this summer at the International Wolf Center, and have participated in several events over the last few years The staff is always great to work with, and they do a fabulous job of educating the world about wolves. I look forward to every visit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the International Wolf Center since 2000 and a volunteer since 2004. The staff has been fantastic to work with. Extremely knowledgeable, caring about their work and very outgoing. Every visit results in learning something new about wolf pack dynamics. By volunteering, I have been allowed the opportunity to see behind the curtain and observe how hard the staff and other volunteers work to make the center a success. A big thank you to Lori, Donna and the rest of the crew for letting me be a part of your world. -Garth

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is truly an honor to volunteer for an organization of people so dedicated to educating the public on this intriguing, majestic animal. Animals tend to bring out the best in people and this organization is no exception! Once you view the website, volunteer, or visit the Ely exhibit, you will feel the energy and be hooked as a supporter for life!

Jennie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended a number of Educational courses at The International Wolf Centre and have had the privilege of being a pup nanny! This place does so much good in educating people truthfully about Wolves. They take great care of their captive Wolves and work really hard to ensure the future survival of Wolf populations. I think this place, its Wolves and its staff are amazing!!!

1 Audrey7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is a great place to learn more about wolves, their environment and their interactions with humans. They give factual, science-based information to help people decide how they feel about wolves and the controversies surrounding wolves. I've talked to thousands of people each year at the many educational booths the Wolf Center has at various public venues in Minnesota. I've also volunteered at the Wolf Center in Ely, taking care of wolf pups, working on the enclosures for the wolves and doing fund raising. It's a great organization to visit, to volunteer with, and to donate to. You can see your dollars at work right away in the lives of the resident wolves and in the education the Center offers to visitors to the Center and the website, wolf.org.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2004 I had my 1st opportunity to volunteer at the International Wolf Center for pups Grizzer, Maya and Nyssa. It was as experience I cherish and will never forget. This year in 2012 I participated in the pup care program for Boltz and Luna, another fabulous experience like nothing can compare. It is wonderful to be able to keep up with the pups and the pack via the web cams, wolf logs, utube and visits to the center. We are fortunate to have the Center in our community. Their role is important, to educate people about preservation of the wolf and our lands and to understand how humans and wolves can co-exist. The International Wolf Center plays an important role in supporting our community and it is my pleasure to support them. Ellen

1 Leslie29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the International Wolf Center for many years. I became a member over 15 years ago after talking with some of the volunteers at the Minnesota State Fair booth. Four years ago I started actively volunteering for the organization, and now I work at many events where we educate the public about the organization and their flagship center in Ely, MN. I have never met such a dedicated group of staff, and I can say the same for the volunteers. Everyone is very involved in promoting the mission and goals of the center. I was lucky enough to be chosen for the Pup Care Program this past summer. What an awesome experience! The focus of everyone was the socialization of the pups so they would be comfortable in the exhibit with the existing ambassador wolves and with wolf care staff in Ely. I am also involved with the local offices here in Minneapolis on a monthly basis. This is a great organization to volunteer with and support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Enjoyed interaction with Curatos and administrator and interns

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center in Ely Mn offers a wealth of information to visitors at their facility as well as through their website and educational programs. I have followed the events at the center for four years before I actually ever personally visited the center this summer. I had the privilege of being a participant of the Observation Team during the introduction of Luna and Boltz into the Ambassador Pack. It was an experience I will never forget! I remember observing not only the wolves (which is what I was there to observe) but also the visitors to the center, as they watched with great interest as the drama unfolded amongst the pack. Adults and children alike were mesmerized looking out from the observation room and watching the dynamics of the pack unfold. I look forward to my next visit to IWC!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Started watching the web site 4 years ago. Because of the great job this organization does, I planned a vacation to MN and to the center. Far exceeded my expectations. Great educational resource.

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