Ambassador Wolf Program
The Ambassador Wolf program is currently suspended, until at least Fall 2017. Please hold all inquiries until then. We are deciding the future of our program based on our animals, staff, and many other factors.
Responding to overwhelming requests for wolf education, we find ourselves in the midst of scheduling programs across the U.S. In a busy twelve weeks, the wolf bus will cover more than 15,000 miles and reach over 30,000 people ranging from the Idaho Rocky Mountains to Maine’s hardwood forests. The wolf bus visits the East Coast in the fall, and the West Coast in the spring. The impact that a face-to-face experience with a wolf has on people cannot be compared to all the videos, books and photos combined. Each year, the wolf program collaborates with many wildlife and conservation organizations to bring attention and support to all species.
Meeting a wolf face to face continues to motivate people long after the experience. They want their friends and family to meet the wolves, too. This has resulted in an insatiable demand from Americans wanting Ambassador Wolf programs nationwide. For 20 consecutive years, Kent Weber has led the Ambassador Wolves across the country time and again, trying to satisfy this demand and educating everyone who would listen about wolves and wilderness. The results have been overwhelming and inspiring, to say the least.
Now that wild wolves have returned to the United States, the need for public education and Ambassador Wolf programs is greater then ever. As gray wolves are removed from the Endangered Species List, it will be all the more important for people to understand what a wolf really is, and how to co-exist with them. People are slowly recognizing the benefits of having large predators in our ecosystems and how this will improve their future. To witness our society’s attempt to adjust to living with large predators again is an inspiration to millions of people.
However, many Americans are determined to possess the things they cherish. As public interest in nature increases, so does private ownership of wild animals. Today, there are more wolves confined to life in a cage than can be found living in the wild of the United States. Ex-pet wolves and wolf-dog hybrids are being cast away at alarming rates. Many end up homeless or are simply destroyed before they reach their second birthday. Mission: Wolf takes in all of the wolves and wolf-dog hybrids that we can; however, we receive new re-homing requests every week and have turned down over 6,000 such requests over the years.
The overall message of the Ambassador Wolf program is one of respect for all things wild and free. Direct interactions with live wolves illustrate wolf behavior, the differences between wolves and dogs, and the need for wolves to return to the wilderness areas of the world. Experience has taught us that the eyes of a wolf, looking into yours, relate this message louder and stronger than words ever will. The Ambassador Wolves of Mission: Wolf have now visited over 600,000 individuals in formal programs. Each program is structured to accommodate individual audience needs and interests. Our approach is straightforward without political overtones and focuses on common-sense biology and sociology.
To set up an Ambassador Wolf program in your area please visit our How to Schedule a Program page. Due to limited time and resources, we can only respond to about 20% of these requests, so please be patient and persistent. Planning usually needs to start months in advance, so don’t wait too long. And remember... the more programs that can be set up in your area, the more likely it is that we can come.
Click here for Ambassador Wolf Program Host Set-Up Checklist