A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided on a whim to visit the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (CWWC) that’s about 45 minutes from Colorado Springs. We had heard about it from several people and we were finally enjoying a beautiful day with no snow or ice, so we made a reservation and went to check it out.
As soon as we pulled up, we saw wolves walking around in large enclosures covering many acres. What an incredible sight it was to see these majestic creatures an arm’s reach away!
We checked in and started to walk around, and the first thing I noticed right near the cash register was a PETA poster, and that’s when I knew for sure that we were at a good place. There are some wildlife centers that are questionable with their treatment toward the animals. I’ve found that the best thing to look for is if they charge an admission fee instead of ask for donations so you know whether or not they are in the business of exploiting animals for a profit. Unfortunately there are some places that call themselves sanctuaries but they still don’t provide great living conditions for the animals, and the owners of the organizations don’t have the best intentions. I’m happy to report that CWWC is not one of those places.
Throughout the tour they told us about how they came to rescue the wolves, foxes and coyotes. Most of the foxes were rescued from the fur industry and many of the wolves were adopted by the sanctuary after the wolves were used in the entertainment business. There was one story of a wolf who was bought online and being raised by college fraternity guys until finally a smart girlfriend intervened and contacted the sanctuary. Here’s a video of the tour guide telling us about this wolf.
The tour was extremely educational, and the guide was doing a great job in promoting cruelty-free options when it comes to clothing and entertainment. The tour guide also explained why certain wolves or coyotes were in specific enclosures, which showed that the organization is cognizant of the needs of the animals, giving them more than enough space and providing them with a good life.
I asked if the animals would ever be released back in the wild, and unfortunately, these wolves cannot be integrated back into their natural state because they were raised by humans from birth and are more domesticated than the rest of their species. The tour guide also explained how the wolves are on the national endangered list and that there are some states that are trying to remove them from this list for the purpose of hunting. The sanctuary asked us to sign a petition to prevent this from happening, which can be found online here (please take a moment to read and sign).
The tour ended with a group howl which was pretty spectacular. We tried to capture it on video (below), but it just doesn’t do it justice.
I highly recommend the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and if you haven’t already, I hope that you all get to experience it someday.