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Thank you, Wolf Fest 2016 sponsors

emersonlogoWe’d like to thank the many thousands of visitors who helped make Wolf Fest 2016 the huge success it was. (Wolf Fest 2017 will be Saturday, Oct. 21.)

And we especially want to thank the many sponsors who made our open house event on Oct. 8 possible:

Premier Sponsor:

Main Demonstration Sponsor:
Kevin and Betty

A Storage Inn, Judith Portnoy
Stella Amsinger and Connor Anderson
Penny Anderson
Craig and Denise Austin
The Baker and Hunter Family
Wendy Birmingham and Lori Schmoll,
Andrew and Jennifer Baur
Dave Blue and Missy Rung-Blue
The Broom Family
Rick and Mary Beth Brown
Carol Burtz, In Memory of Larry Burtz
Beth Campbell and Family
Jo Anna Dale
Mark and Barb Doering
Lee and BJ Eavy
George Farrell and Wendy Knudsen Farrell, Friends of Daisy
Grey Eagle Distributors
Jane Habbegger
Harvest Plaza and St. Charles Animal Hospitals
Marie Hirsch
Rick and Lisa Houska in Loving Memory of Babs Nelson, Kevin Houska, Anna and Rocky
Steve and Betsey Johnson
Kids Out and About St. Louis
Chris and Ginny Kostman
Erin Kipp in memory of Freesia
Cheryl Morrow
Wayne Norwood
Cheryl Pride in loving memory of Gloria Doyle
Celeste Ruwwe and Geraldine Hufker
Saint Louis Zoo Endangered Species Research & Veterinary Hospital
Martha Schoonover
Kathleen Secks
Bob and Cathi Tegels
The Eugene J. Tichacek Family Trust
Virgil and Sandra VanTrease
Vet Stop Animal Clinic, Dr. Rhiannon McKnight
Washington University at Tyson Research Center
George and Lee Weber
Marlene Weinland, Wolves’ Lives Matter
Mr. And Mrs. Orrin S. Wightman III
Wiley Family Foundation
Diane Woepke and Gary Woepke in Loving Memory of Richard Woepke
Graphic Design generously provided by Jim Kuchar

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for Wolf Fest 2017, call 636-938-9306. Next year, Wolf Fest will be Saturday, Oct. 21.


The Kids’ Area featured a climbing wall and bounce house.

Wolf Fest is one of just a handful of days (Holiday Boutique on Dec. 3 and Messy Play Days are the others) when visitors cans tour the animal enclosures without making reservations in advance.

David Jackson and his Conservation Ambassadors again presented three shows. Ambassador animals this year included a barred owl, American alligator, raven, coyote, serval and kangaroo. Another fan favorite, Jonathan Offi and his amazing agility dogs also did three “Canines in the Clouds” performances.

Multiple booths and exhibitions fit in with Wolf Fest’s theme of wildlife/conservation/outdoors. Among the exhibits:

    • The Butterfly House
    • Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary
    • The Dog Museum
    • Kids Out and About St. Louis
    • Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Barn Buddies
    • Missouri Department of Conservation
    • Missouri Parks Association
    • St. Louis Audubon
    • St. Louis Zoo
    • Shaw Nature Preserve
    • Weldon Spring Site Interpretative Center
    • West County Woodcarvers
    • Wildlife Rescue
    • World Bird Sanctuary
    • World Ecology Center (University of Missouri-St. Louis)

Two photogenic mascots were on hand: the African painted dog and Lobo the Mexican wolf.

Food trucks — Blues Fired Pizza, Curbside Cookery, St. LouisianaQ and Seoul Taco ­— offered delicious, savory choices.

The kids’ area featured games and crafts, and a bounce house and rock-climbing wall.

Admission to Wolf Fest was just $25 a carload. Gates opened at 9 a.m. and the event ended at 5 p.m.

Wolf Fest is held at the Endangered Wolf Center, located on the grounds of Washington University’s Tyson Research Center. The address is 6750 Tyson Valley Road, Eureka, MO 63025.

The Center is located about 20 miles southwest of St. Louis, off Interstate 44’s Exit 269, the Beaumont-Antire Road exit. If you are headed westbound on I-44, it’s the exit just after Highway 141. If you are headed eastbound on I-44, it’s the exit just after Lewis Road.  The Center is on the north side of I-44.

The Endangered Wolf Center is a 501c(3) non-profit and receives no funding from the state or federal governments.  Wolf Fest is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and we greatly appreciate your participation.

2016 Wolf Fest Flier

Jonathan Offi and his ‘Canines in the Clouds’ did three shows.


Gumbo the American alligator was part of the Conservation Ambassadors program.