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California Wolf Center

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Causes: General Science, Technology

Mission: The California Wolf Center is dedicated to the recovery of wolves in the wildlands they once roamed. We envision a landscape where wolves thrive in healthy ecosystems and wolves and people successfully coexist. We accomplish our mission through: - Conservation: partnering with stakeholders to implement proactive solutions that enable wolves and people to successfully share the landscape and leading the way in endangered species recovery programs. - Education: increasing awareness and understanding of wolves through engaging education programs and public outreach. - Research: studying wolves’ biology, behavior, and history in California.

Results: We are the 4th largest host and breeding facility for Mexican gray wolves in the Unites States, 5th largest in the world. We host thousands of visitors every year for our educational programs.

Geographic areas served: California, American Southwest

Programs: Public tours (Saturdays, Sundays, certain holidays) Private and school group tours (Monday through Friday) Photo tours (August-December, Wednesdays and Saturdays)

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Gayle D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at the California Wolf Center. The group of volunteers and employees are dedicated to the wolves' survival and educating the public about the species and it is so awesome to get to spend time around these magnificent creatures. I have a lot of love and respect for the wolves and I think anyone who visits the center leaves with a smile on their face and are in awe at seeing these wolves up close and personal as much as the wolves will allow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for many years to this wonderful organization. Recently I decided to become a volunteer. This has been one of the most rewarding opportunities I have ever had in my life. Almost all assets that go into the program are used specifically for the wolves. All the people who either work, volunteer, or intern are passionate about the wolves and it's re-introduction into California. Wolves are fascinating animals and a key stone animal. Without them the ecosystems struggle and possibly fail. I am proud to volunteer my time at The California Wolf Center!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people who run the California Wolf Center(Erin, Heidi, Christine, and Chelsea to name a few) are the most amazing, dedicated and passionate folks I've had the pleasure to work with in my 70 years on earth. I volunteer for a lot of organizations who are also self-motivated to promote the cause they work for, but given all of the obstacles the CWC has to work with they truly are in a class by themselves! They love the wolves they serve, bend over backwards to inform and educate the public about their worthy efforts to reintroduce this magnificent species back into the wild, and all with incredible patience and grace! We are all...my self especially...blessed by the incredible efforts by the California Wolf Center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The California Wolf Center is doing a great and essential job. Information, education and preservation are so important. Keep on going.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The California wolf center does a great job on educating the public on wolves and on wolf recovery to the US lands where they once roamed. They are a member of the species survival program (SSP) for the Mexican Grey Wolf and breed and prep their Mexican wolves for the pre release program sites in AZ and NM. The wolf center also works on educating ranchers on non lethal techniques to detour wolves from their livestock. The CWC loves their wolves and treats them with great care and respect. I now live over 600 miles away from the wolf center and still continue to volunteer for them and will always help them anyway I can because they are such a wonderful and productive organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The California Wolf Center is a wonderful, educational place. I love that they are informing the public about an issue that most people don't know about; the plight of the wolf. The work they are doing is actually helping to save a species, and that is just so valuable.

Casey J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love to visit the California wolf center. the information i received was enough to make me want to become a volunteer and help with the recovery efforts of the gray wolf God bless. CWC

Jennifer280

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The California Wolf Center is a place that renews my faith in nonprofits that work for animal conservation. Their goal really is to help with recovery of wild wolf populations and they do so not by "fighting enemies" of that goal but they do it by educating people and getting them to realize we don't have to fight nature to meet our own needs but we can live in harmony with nature. They have an awesome facility that helps breed Mexican Grey Wolves for the Species Survival Plan, and they educate their volunteers on every aspect of how the whole facility works. Anyone that wants a to help can find a way to do so if they choose, whether it is as a keeper, doing office work, educating the public, or just giving a donation, everyone is welcome to help! I am a very new volunteer (still going through volunteer training which is organized and really good), but I already feel like this is going be the best place I have volunteered in conservation for.

Mel R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The hard work to save wolves and to educate society in invaluable. Unfortunately there is a lot of ignorance and a culture to hunt ant torture these animals and without the work of this wonderful charity these beautiful animals fate would be far worse than what it is today. Well done guys for your hard work.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

It was boring. It's not worth the money. Some wolves in a cage. Yawn. Imagine the zoo with only one species of animal.

Janet39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as an intern in the Fall of 2010. In the short time I was there, it was apparent how knowledgable and passionate the staff at the CWC are. The amount of daily chores and responsibilities in caring for the wolves is enormous; from figuring out how to keep crows away from their food hoppers to preparing their food to cleaning their water troughs and more. It was a wonderfully rewarding learning experience. The respect for the wolves and responsibility for their proper care was always the main priority with the CWC. They do a difficult, honorable, and valuble service to the wolves, contribute considerably to the scientific community, and foster a spirit of education and concern about a unique and beautiful creature to the general public.

Bonnie J.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

just heard of this organization,I support all wildlife and animal protectors.we need to step in and help out this is very important.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having grown up in San Diego as an animal and conservation enthusiast, I have always enjoyed the wildlife organizations that the city has to offer. The California Wolf Center is a hidden gem in the beautiful mountain town of Julian, CA, in eastern San Diego county. During the summer of 2011, I spent three months interning at the California Wolf Center, and fell absolutely in love with the facility, the wolves, the staff members, and the globally impacting goals that this non-profit pursues. I definitely recommend that everyone comes and visits this center because it is an experience that you will forever enjoy taking part in.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having found out about a non-profit that focuses on conservation and wolves in San Diego County where I grew up, I made it a bucket list item that I will work for this non-profit before I die. Dramatic, I know. But hey, I love wolves. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of their summer interns & I loved the job so much, I ended up staying on as a volunteer for another 5 months after my 3 month internship, having only left because I've since moved to Africa & it would be immensely unfeasible to commute! The California Wolf Center is a small NPO with some big plans in mind, run by an insanely dedicated group of volunteers and only 3 underpaid staff members who always do much more than their jobs entail. Every weekend, public tours are available for people to come and learn about the importance of the wolf as a top predator in its habitat and how that affects the entire ecosystem and to also see wolves up close and personal, if the wolves so which desire. The philosophy of the CWC is admirable and the wolves' well-being is a very high, if not top, priority and it is well reflected by the senior residents, especially Chaco, the oldest ever-recorded Mexican Gray wolf, at the golden age of 17. In addition to the weekend tours, there are many other avenues to get your CWC fix: private weekday tours, photography tours during winter, off-site presentations, virtual presentations, the possibilities are endless! Maybe not literally, but still. I cannot emphasize how awesome this organization is and how underappreciated they are! This is a definite must-see if you're in the San Diego area and you want to see something a bit different from the typical tourist attractions that San Diego is famous for.