About the Endangered Wolf Center
Founded in 1971 by beloved wildlife biologist and television host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Marlin Perkins and his wife, Carol, the Endangered Wolf Center has gone on to become one of the most important centers for endangered wolf recovery in the world. Read more about our renowned founders, our Center’s mission and vision and our legacy.
Our efforts to raise awareness about wolves and their essential role in the wild has never been more important – or more urgent. Wolves are both apex predators and keystone species, meaning they play a disproportionately important role in keeping entire ecosystems in balance. If you share our passion for these amazing animals and the places they call home, we hope you’ll utilize and share these resources as well.
From the over-the-top cuteness of pups at play to a first-time wolf mom nurturing her newborn litter, our wolfcams help spread awareness across the world, as people watch packs working together to help the pups grow to be strong and healthy – goals similar to our own family structures. Making these connections can last a lifetime and encourages conservation action for this endangered species.
Webinars & Speaker Series
What’s it like to spend years documenting the lives of African painted dogs in the wild? Or studying Arctic foxes in their natural habitats? Our webinars and speaker series interviews dive into these type of fascinating discussions. Join us, or check out our archives.
The Endangered Wolf Center has played host to wildlife photographers such as National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, who featured our own beloved Mexican wolf matriarch, Anna, in his book The Photo Ark. Many of our animal ambassadors are also no stranger to the spotlight, having been on programs across the country, including the Today Show. Find out how we’re making headlines.
There’s a quote that’s well known in conservation circles: “In the end, we will protect only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we have been taught.” – Baba Dioum, Senegalese forestry and conservation leader. That’s the power of education – and more importantly, the power of educators. If you have any special requests or would like additional information, please call 636-938-5900 or email [email protected]
Out of our Center, into your classroom. That’s what our virtual outreach programs are designed to do. These programs are great for STEM-focused learning, as all are built on science curriculum. Programs run about 45 minutes each. Most programs can be customized for individual grade level and classroom needs.
Local School Visits
There’s no substitute for meeting an animal in person, which is why our animal ambassadors play such an important role in our educational outreach programs. To learn more about which animals are available, what a visit entails and more, please call or email [email protected].
Our commitment to education is one of our Center’s core values. In fact, we believe education is the cornerstone of any successful conservation effort. Our educational video series connects viewers to the wondrous world we share through the lives of the amazing animals in our care and their cousins in the wild. There’s a lot to learn about nature’s top dogs – and a lot of myths to unlearn about “big bad wolves.” Check back often as new content is added regularly.
Filled with illustrations, photos and coloring fun, these engaging worksheets give young learners an opportunity to get to know some of the endangered wolves, foxes and African painted dogs in our care, plus some of the species represented by our animal ambassadors. They also provide a great way for kids to also connect with and care for backyard wildlife, from learning the importance of benevolent snakes to understanding why moving a wayward turtle may put it further off course. Download and print yours free.
For adventure hounds to animal lovers, nothing seeds knowledge like hands-on experiences. That’s why we customize our field trips to various age levels, to help engage kids and meet them where they’re at in their educational journey.
An immersive, 3D wildlife simulation game, WolfQuest challenges players to learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park The single-player game consists of two episodes. In the first episode, Amethyst Mountain, players explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in a quest to find a mate. In the second episode, Slough Creek, players find a den, establish a territory, raise pups and defend them from predators such as coyotes and grizzly bears. Online multiplayer games let up to five players form a pack to explore and hunt together.
The WolfQuest experience goes beyond the game with an active online community where you can discuss the game with other players, chat with wolf biologists, and share artwork and stories about wolves. Learn More…