One of my favorite places to visit. I'm very lucky to be local so I can and do visit often. Staff is amazing, very knowledgeable and friendly. The site is also very nice. Come visit the wolves in beautiful Ely!!
The International Wolf Center is absolutely incredible. Just walking through the front doors for the first time I knew it was a very special place. The IWC has a way of captivating you through their world class educational displays. The staff are so well versed and able to answer and explain any question presented. They are so knowledgeable it feels like a challenge to ask them something they don't know! I could sit and watch the ambassador wolves for hours on end at the center. And when at home, I can watch them on Webcams! It is heartwarming to see how well they are managed and cared for. A truly beautiful pack. The IWC is the leader in providing science based evidence and information on the wolf, and anything to do with this organization I 100% support!
I am incredibly impressed with the work done by International Wolf Center. Their organization provides critical sanctuary and opportunities for public awareness for a fascinating and endangered predator species. I was so taken by the quality of display, level of professionalism, and overall commitment to conservation when visiting the center.
Thank you for the work you do!
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.
I have been journeying to the wolf center since 2014 for volunteering on the working for wolves crew, pupcare in 2016, and many of the educational adventure programs. Every time it is a wonderful experience watching the wolves and speaking with staff. Everyone is dedicated to the mission of the center but foremost to the best care of the wolves. The dedication to the wellbeing of the pack is outstanding. This is a must visit for learning about the importance of wolves to the ecosystem. Ely and surrounding area have many opportunities to be in nature. Their are also interesting shops and small museums to visit. If you can't get to the center, watch the pack on their webcams!
The IWC has the best programs for learning about Wolves and their importance in the natural world. An amazing facility affording viewing of captive born pack to learn about these beautiful animals. Volunteer programs and learning adventure trips provide various opportunities to learn about and engage with nature
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.