Animal Trainer Experience

Get an inside look at our positive-reinforcement training program

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Play is the Universal Language

It takes much more than a passion for wildlife to bridge the language barrier between our species. A good animal trainer has the patience to connect through the languages that are universal to all members of the animal kingdom, including ourselves, such as play, trust, companionship and love.

Tour Highlights

See positive-reinforcement training in action

This type of communication forms the foundation for the reward-based training philosophy we use here at the Endangered Wolf Center. On this tour, you’ll meet some of our animal residents that participate in training programs with our keepers, like our curious foxes.


Why training is beneficial to the animals in our care

Training is part of our enrichment program for some of our animals and is important because it allows our animal care team to encourage our animals to participate in their own veterinary care. By providing positive stimulation and rewards for their cooperation, training is beneficial and enjoyable.

 Protecting the pack

You may notice you won’t see red wolves or Mexican wolves on this tour. That’s because our Center is also home to wild release candidates who may one day play a role in species recovery efforts in the wild. Wolves are shy by nature, and keeping release candidates from becoming habituated to humans helps protect them in the wild.

Reserve as an add-on experience

This program is meant as an add-on, includes one species of our animals, and does not include a tour of the rest of the facility.

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Animal Training Experience FAQs

This 30-minute experience is offered as an add-on to our signature tour, the Endangered Species Tour, which gives guests a broad tour of our world-renowned Center.


30 Minutes, available and recommended as an add-on experience to your tour, but may be booked as a stand-alone experience. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time at our gate.


This add-on tour is offered at 10:30 am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice. Please contact 636-938-5900 or [email protected]

Adult (15+) $20 $22
Active/past military and first responders Free Free
(ages 4-14)
$18 $20
Age 3 and under Free Free

For member discounts, please call your membership office at 636-938-5900. Learn more about our membership options.


Twenty-four hours advance reservation required.  Book Online or call 636-938-5900 . Learn more about  membership options

service animals

At this time, we regret that we are unable to accommodate service animals during our tours. If you or a group member have a special need or mobility need, please contact us in advance.

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Enrichment Experience

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LENGTH: 30 minutes
DATES: 2:30 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

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I love how thoughtful the enrichment experiences were, and it was fun to see the animals’ curiosity spiked and hunting instincts kick in. I also took away some ideas for our dog’s enrichment. Cool stuff. 

- Jody C.