Why the Wild Needs Wolves


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Nature depends on apex carnivores and keystone species to survive and thrive. Wolves are both, which is why the wild needs wolves – and why we need you.

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Leading the Pack in Endangered Wolf Recovery

Did you know? Every Mexican wolf in the wild today can trace his or her roots back to the Endangered Wolf Center. Founded in 1971 by beloved zoologist and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom host Marlin Perkins and his wife, Carol, our Center continues to lead the pack with pioneering science, cross-fostering, reintroduction and inspiring educational programs.

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It Takes a Pack

The Endangered Wolf Center is preparing for the birth of several wolf pups from two of the most endangered species in the world – the Mexican wolf and American red wolf. These new additions are a critical step in our ongoing efforts to restore these endangered species to the wild.

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the support of generous donors like you to continue our mission of preserving and protecting endangered wolves.

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Throughout the year, our Center plays host to all kinds of special events. Here’s what’s coming up next. Click through to reserve your spot or purchase tickets.

Summer Camp

Consistently ranked among the best summer day camps in St. Louis, MO, campers will learn about our wolves and foxes as they play games, make crafts, and explore nature!

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Messy Play Day

Bring your kids to the Endangered Wolf Center and explore our wonderfully messy world! 

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Discover Our Mission

Get to know the Endangered Wolf Center pack on a tour, during one of our many events, or by learning about our animals online.

Plan Your Visit

The Endangered Wolf Center is a family-friendly destination that offers a variety of tours and educational programs, both public and private.

Reservations are required, as all of our programs are guided by knowledgeable educators. Book your visit online or call 636-938-5900.


During evening educational programs, visitors have the chance to hear our wolves howl.

Join one of our scheduled Evening Wolf Howls or call about our two-hour Private Campfire Howls for groups or special events.


The Endangered Wolf Center is located about 20 miles southwest of St. Louis at the Washington University Tyson Research Center. Our address is:

6750 Tyson Valley Road,
Eureka, MO 63025.

From Interstate 44, take Exit 269, the Beaumont-Antire Road exit. We are located on the north side off I-44. Turn right onto Tyson Valley Road. Please call or visit our Tours page for tour times and special events. Directions

Meet Our Animals

Mexican Wolf

Red Wolf

Maned Wolf

African Painted Dog

Swift Fox

Fennec Fox

Arctic Fox

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However your heart can hear the call of the wolf, we welcome you to be a part of our pack. From individual donations to corporate sponsorships, monthly memberships to sharing your time and talent as a volunteer, we hope you’ll join us.

A huge howl out to all of our members, sponsors, volunteers and donors who help make everything we do possible.




















It’s Puppy Season!

Help Support Our Growing Pack

Our pack is growing and we couldn’t be more excited. Puppy season is upon us this year and several of our moms are expecting. Every donation provides food for the most critically endangered wolves in the world.

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From the Blog

Two Mexican Wolf Pups Fostered in 2023

Two Mexican Wolf Pups Fostered in 2023

When their eyes open, they'll be wild wolves It's the opportunity of a lifetime for these pups. At just eight days old, with eyes still closed, two Mexican wolf pups born at the Endangered Wolf Center were flown to New Mexico to be fostered into a wild pack.  Since...

Cherokee Nation films at the EWC for red wolf documentary

Cherokee Nation films at the EWC for red wolf documentary

In 2022, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, production began on a documentary about the American red wolf and its cultural significance to the Cherokee people. The Cherokee people live by the principle of balance - with their family, clan, and...

Accolades and Awards

From a long legacy of “firsts” in our field to history-making success stories, the Endangered Wolf Center has earned a number of prestigious awards and recognition. We are certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a recognition held by fewer than 10% of the zoos, aquariums and other animal exhibitors licensed in the US.

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Im fortune enough to come across this place by accident. Im very fortunate to know about a place like this one.
Sean Nardin
A very unique place to go I love wolves and the Mexican wolves in the red American Wolves they have all kinds of unique animals gift shop in a lot more to offer really nice place highly recommend
Veronica Winston
Beautiful walk in the woods. Go in the cool months, when they're more active. My almost four year old wasn't that interested, so plan accordingly. I'd say it would be a solid trip for elementary aged kiddos.
Lauren Kluge
I can't shut up about this place. I bought a standard tour as well as a training experience, which let us observe some of their maned wolves very closely. We learned so much about all of the animals that they care for here and got to see much more of them than I anticipated! Binoculars are a good idea if you want to really check them out, but many of the animals were right up against them fence, including cuddle piles of African Painted Dogs and even a gray wolf. Daisy the fennec fox gave us a little performance from behind the window of her enclosure. At one point she even picked up one of her toys to show it to us. I left here feeling so charmed and grateful for the experience. Highly, highly recommended.
Kat Martin