Animal related


aka WCC

South Salem, NY


The Wolf Conservation Center's mission is to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future.

The WCC is an environmental education organization dedicated to conserving wolves and their habitat through education and direct participation in two federal wolf recovery programs. By providing science-based education programming with Ambassador wolves, we allow wolves and humans to better coexist, improve our efforts to successfully restore endangered wolves to their ancestral homes in the wild, and encourage a philosophy of respect for all living things. Nature is essential for the physical and emotional health of children and adults, our wolves help forge that connection.

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Executive Director

Maggie Howell

Main Address

PO Box 421

South Salem, NY 10590 USA


Wolf, wolves, wolf conservation, Mexican gray wolf, red wolf, endangered species, biodiversity, environment, animals, preservation





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

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Onsite Eduation

Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Wolf Education: "Tracks to the Future”

Mexican Gray wolf Recovery

Red Wolf Recovery


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Number of visitors participating in educational programs.

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Reproductive success of Critically Endangered Red Wolves and Mexican Gray Wolves

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Number of people WCC have mobilized to contact policy makers on both state and federal levels regarding habitat and wildlife protection.

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We hope to foster a culture where wolves once again thrive in the wild; where they are valued as important contributors to a healthy ecosystem; given centuries of state-sponsored killing combined with a negative portrayal in literature – the Big, Bad, Wolf – has greatly diminished their standing.

To meet this goal, we employ three strategies education, advocacy and species preservation. Our educational programs have reached hundreds of thousands of people of all age ranges. In addition to a “classroom" portion, every educational program includes a visit to our four “ambassador" wolves, where visitors (behind fences) can observe first-hand wolf behaviors and biology. Advocacy efforts make use of our very active world-wide supporters and social media outreach; we inform advocates of upcoming legislation and how to make their voices heard. Lastly, as a member of two federal recovery programs, we have become a leader through a successful captive breeding and release program in which minimal interaction with humans prepares wolves for release.

Our education programs are a wonderful “first Introduction" to wolves. We have a team of educators who are also ardent conservationists; they lead programs and introduce visitors to our ambassador wolves. The success of our advocacy programs is reliant upon the WCC's advocacy staff, who carefully follows legislation, and alerts and mobilizes our very active cadre of activists. The WCC's 28-acre campus has ample room for a total of ten enclosures to house critically-endangered Mexican gray and red wolves, situated so that their interaction with humans is kept to a minimum.

Progress for education programs is measured first through the numbers who attend these programs. Feedback is solicited at all programs. The efficacy of advocacy programs are measured by the number of wolf-friendly laws that are passes, and the number of activists engaged. Progress in the SSP is measured by pups born and wolves called to release and pre-release facilities.

In the WCC's short existence it has become a national leader in wolf education, advocacy and recovery. We recognize that the WCC has a long journey towards meeting its ultimate goals. Wolves are still viewed negatively by many people, and legislators are often swayed by local interests that are often not on the side of wolves.

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