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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 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.