My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Wolf Park Inc, Battle Ground, IN, USA
My first clue that Wolf Park wasn't the experience I thought it would be was when we were waiting for the tour and our guide was speaking to the couple in front of us about the bison they have on site there. She said that they used to have times where they would allow the bison and wolves to interact... they would let the wolves hunt the bison and then the bison would attack the wolves. Our guide explained that 'unfortunately' they had to stop this because someone uploaded a video to the internet and the government told them they couldn't allow incompatible species to interact. I was horrified, and the guide commiserated with the couple about how the government sticks its nose into things it shouldn't.
My next big clue, and probably more important than they way they treat the wolves like pet dogs, was that when asked where they got all the wolves, our guide responded that they all came from one original pair. THEY BREED SIBLINGS and now the latest pups were born with cataracts and a couple of them had to have surgery. I don't care if this is how wolves act in the wild, I think this is a horrible practice in a facility that is emphasizing research and education. Go rescue some wolves.
While the facility as a whole is very large, the wolves were divided up into small groups, or singly, and in relatively small enclosures.
Their idea of research is putting ground dwelling and tree dwelling fox together so 'we can see what happens.'
We were told they don't encourage the wolves to howl because they felt it 'strained their vocal cords.'
I could go on and on, but if you feel you must go there, please view this place with open eyes and I'm sure you will feel as heartsick as I still do, weeks later.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
rescue wolves, do real research, have intelligent people who know how to properly enunciate 'ecology' lead tours, don't delude the public about proper breeding practices
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