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International Wolf Center, Ely

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The International Wolf Center (IWC) is a research and educational organization based near Ely, Minnesota, United States, that, in its own words, "advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future." The Wolf Center operates an interpretive center in Ely open to the public, where visitors can view captive "ambassador wolves" in natural surroundings through large windows, and can learn about wolves through a variety of exhibits and programs. This organization lies within Superior National Forest. It also sponsors research symposia and offsite educational programs, publishes International Wolf magazine, and provides information about wolves via its website.

In response to wolf controversies, the Wolf Center does not take a stand on how wolves should be managed (such as by hunting or trapping), as long as healthy wolf populations are maintained. Its policy is to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information possible about wolves and let people make their own decisions.
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  • Amazing place to learn about and observe wolves. They have been doing research for years and there is so much info they share with you. And of course watching the wolves in their fantastic habitat is....  more
    Amazing place to learn about and observe wolves. They have been doing research for years and there is so much info they share with you. And of course watching the wolves in their fantastic habitat is....  more »
  • What a neat place. I have always had an interest in wolves & think they are a neat animal. They are "cool" looking, but so graceful to watch. This place was very informative and set up nicely. It's... 
    What a neat place. I have always had an interest in wolves & think they are a neat animal. They are "cool" looking, but so graceful to watch. This place was very informative and set up nicely. It's...  more »
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  • Very cool place. Clearly they love the wolves and want to do what they can to preserve them, but they did give a fairly balanced approach and really focused on educating the public about these amazing examples of God’s handiwork. We learned quite a bit from their knowledgeable presenters. Programs were offered throughout the day and the facility is well designed to give you great views of the “ambassador wolves”. There is also a fair-sized exhibit/museum with a nice mix of signs to read and interactive demos. We spent just over 2 hours there and felt that was about right. Don’t miss this one if you are in the Ely area.
  • A truly wonderful facility! The people there are all VERY knowledgeable! My family and I had a fabulous time. The entire place is beautiful and has activities for all ages to enjoy learning about such magnificent animals. We took some stunning photos of the wolves up close to the glass. Thank for you all the staff teaching us so much about these wolves!

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