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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)

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the California Wolf Center. The drive to Julian is always nice. We like to go and see the beautiful majestic wolves. They have a nice little gift shop. All of the employees and volunteers are friendly and love to answer questions. I fell in love with Wolves from my experiences at the center. We don't have any wolves in the wild left in California, although one lone wolf ventured in this year before going back up to Oregon. Someday with the help of the center we will have Lobos again!


Client Served

Rating: 5

The California Wolf Center is a great place! They find a wonderful balance with education, protection and being able to view wild animals without endangering the wolves.
I've always loved wolves and after visiting this place, I was amazed at how much we need these beautiful animals in our environment. Thank you for the wonderful experience!