Education Ambassadors

Bred and sold as exotic pets or poached or farmed for their fur, their stories are finding their way into hearts and inspiring positive change.

Stories That Inspire Change

You might be surprised to meet a turtle when you visit the Endangered Wolf Center. Or a red fox – hardly endangered except for his rare, melanistic coat, which could make him a trophy for poachers. These animal ambassadors are some of our greatest educators, helping us tell stories of why wild animals don’t make suitable pets. Or how the barbaric practices of trapping or fur farms somehow still exist today. Or what to do if you find orphaned or injured wildlife in your urban back yard. Because while wolves capture our hearts, the greater story comes back to coexistence. And who better to tell that than a furry, feathered, or even tortoise-shelled ambassador?

Strengthening the Human/Animal Connection

Meet our Resident Education Ambassadors

In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.
— Baba Dioum, Senegalese Naturalist

How is Cooper a red fox if he's black and white?

While the red fox itself is not endangered, certain genes can produce rare coats like Cooper’s. Cooper, a melanistic red fox, is here to let people know that practices like poaching, fur trapping and fur farming still somehow exist. Stories like his help us turn that tide.

That's one funny looking wolf

Phoebe is a rescued box turtle who has made herself at home in the Endangered Wolf Center. She’s a wonderful ambassador for urban wildlife, helping guests learn the best course of action for orphaned or injured animals – and why keeping them can do more harm than good.

We Are All Connected

Whether they’re greeting guests at our Center or participating in outreach programs, our animal Education Ambassadors let us have meaningful, eye-opening conversations about the exotic pet trade, poaching, trapping, fur farming, habitat loss and the ripple effect our choices can have. After all, we are all connected. Your symbolic adoption includes a special adoption package.