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Review for International Wolf Center, Ely, MN, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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Review for North American Bear Center, Ely, MN, USA

Rating: 3 stars  

I rate them a 3-1/2. Well first off, I rarely rate anything with the "highest" or the "lowest". To make it to this list it shows me that the organization has worked hard, but there is always room for improvement. If someone gives them a "1" it shows me that it is a disgruntled employee (past or present) or unfortunately a visitor that talked to an employee that day that probably shouldn't be working there. And if there is a "5" rating I question that because there is "always" room for improvement and I wouldn't want to close the door by the "5". All corporations have these problems.
I visited in September 2011 and found they were going through "growing" pains and employee changes. However, the bears were well taken care of and the employees I encountered were polite and professional, even though it was an emotional day for them with "Hope".
Now with the new cub "Holly" they will face even more challenges and people that won't agree with them. However, I believe their number "1" focus is the bears and they are trying to improve their life and surrounding forest. It is important for people to realize these are wild animals that are not able to return to the wild because of humans. We must remember they are not pets and try and give them a surrounding they might have had in the wild. Takes time and patience. Let the professionals do that and outsiders can learn from it.
They do need help on their live "chat" pages. Unfortunately it is difficult for the moderators to determine who is actually interested in learning about the bears or trying to create an unstable chat room.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am no professional but I would limit the chat rooms on certain hours. We can watch live cams and get just as much enjoyment. They have regulars and it can be difficult to chat if you are a new comer. Not sure how they could correct that other than limiting the hours. Social networking can be helpful in fund raising but also harmful because there is no way of monitoring "fact" from "fiction" with comments.

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