People conserve only what they learn to understand and respect. That's why the International Wolf Center's mission, teaching the world about wolves, focuses on education.
At the Center, we teach that wolves howl to communicate with each other, not with the moon.
We use the language of predator and prey, of dominance and submission, of play postures and scent-marking to make the wolf real.
We believe the more you learn about the real wolf - puppy fur, snowshoe paws, sharp teeth, and all - the better decisions you can make in support of the wolf's survival.
The interpretive center in Ely, Minnesota, with its live ambassador wolves, exhibits and theater opened in 1993 and has received more than a half million visitors from around the world including guests from more than 60 countries. In addition to visitors, the Center hosts more than 60 student and civic groups every year. Innovative distance learning experiences reach nearly 2,000 students every year and web site visits to www.wolf.org exceed 1.5 million every year. International Wolf Center members can be found in all 50 states and at least 38 foreign countries.
Across the nation and around the world, awareness of wolves, their role and their value has grown more insightful. While we appreciate the wolf's beauty, charisma and mystery we also teach about the realities of wolf-human conflict. As a result, the public's understanding and tolerance continue to grow.
We can't take credit for all of that, but we proudly serve as the leader in wolf education and the "go-to" source of balanced, objective information about wolves, their role as a keystone predator species and their sometimes-complex relationship with humans.
So learn, and then teach the next person. The stewardship of wolves around the world rests in the hearts, heads and hands of us all.
International Wolf Center
1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731