International Wolf Center

A nonprofit organization

$115,210 raised by 536 donors

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The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.


Founded by renowned wolf biologist Dr. L. David Mech, the International Wolf Center is one of the original wolf education organizations in the country. The Center was founded to be a non-advocacy, neutral organization which values the power of full, accurate and science-based information to improve decision-making about the conservation and management of wolves and wildlands. We believe strongly that scientific data and facts should form the foundation for the discussion of wolves and wolf behavior. 


Donations of $50 or more make you a member of the International Wolf Center. That means you'll receive a year-long subscription to International Wolf magazine, which is published quarterly by the Center. You also get free admission to our interpretive center in Ely, Minnesota, and discounts on programs and merchandise. Watch your mail in the next few weeks for your membership card and more information!

Donations of $75 or more make you eligible to receive our beautiful ambassador wolf yearbook, Rendezvous. 

To opt-out of your benefits, or receive digital versions of our magazine, please email us at

While your donation will be matched, you're eligible for benefits based solely on the amount you donate.


- To educate students, educators and the general public by offering the most up-to-date, accurate information possible when wolf management controversies arise

- To inspire reevaluation of one’s current knowledge of wolves and their place as predators through presentation of science-based information

- To provide resources for science and wolf educators when discussing complex issues including reintroduction of the species into Yellowstone, population control, bounties and livestock depredation

- To increase tolerance and remove generalized fear of wolves in order to make well-informed wolf management decisions and policies


Our programs and services are rooted in our ambassador wolves, which reside at our interpretive center in Ely, Minnesota. You can find more information and live webcams at

Our Wolves

The Center has an Exhibit Pack of ambassador wolves made up of two subspecies of gray wolves. Our Exhibit Pack, on view daily at the Center anPictured here are Blackstone and Caz, the newest ambassadors at the International Wolf Center.d via webcams at, are Axel, Grayson, Rieka, Blackstone and Caz. Axel and Grayson are brothers and are arctic wolves. Rieka, Blackstone and Caz are northwestern subspecies of gray wolf. 

 The care of the Exhibit Pack is managed by Wolf Curator Lori Schmidt. She is an experienced wildlife scholar, researcher, and retired educator who has been affiliated with the Center and its wolf care program for more than 30 years. Wolf pack and webcams provide real-time views into the enclosures. Followers around the globe are able to see what the wolves are up to at any point in their day.

Exhibits and Activities

Discover Wolves! is our permanent exhibit at the International Wolf Center in Ely. The exhibit is complimented by numerous daily in-person programs at the Center. Additional specialty and adventure programs are offered occasionally throughout the year.

 Education and Outreach Programs

Wolves at Our Door in-person programs, WolfLink virtual learning programs, online curriculum materials, and group visits to our Center all engage and educate students. The Center’s in-person programming is limited to Minnesota, but online resources reach national and international participants. The Center also provides webinars that feature guest speakers who share their knowledge and research.

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Organization name

International Wolf Center

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Education Environment Animals


1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731-8129


763 233 7138

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