Headed to Yellowstone and want to see grizzly bears? How about a wolf sanctuary? Worried about seeing these animals ethically?
We’re always on the lookout for ethical sanctuaries and rescues to visit when we travel.Our board member, Silvana, just came back from Yellowstone National Park, and she found the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. And she can’t stop raving about it! Here’s what she had to say.
How the Animals End Up There:
The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center had wolves, birds, otters (newest exhibit) and bears. All of these animals are unable to survive in the wild. Many were rescued or removed from their original location due to risk with human interaction. For example, when bears enter towns and start becoming a threat to communities, they are often euthanized. But this organization, from what I understood, avoids that by bringing them here and caring for them.
In the case of wolves and birds, many were rescued due to accidents that occurred (for example one eagle had a dislocated wing and was never able to fly).
One of the primary purposes of this grizzly and wolf sanctuary is to educate people, especially because you can encounter bears while visiting Yellowstone. Something interesting that I learned is that it’s actually unlikely for humans to die from encounters with bears.
They also explained the history of how laws were put in place to prohibit bear hunting, and trafficking of bear parts.
There are several educational programs daily onsite, to learn about the different animals and the ecosystem. So it’s a perfect place to stop at the beginning of your trip! Click here for a list of program choices for visitors.
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is open 365 days a year, including all holidays. Here is a link to details about their operating hours and rates.