History of Ambassador Wolves

Ambassadors come in all shapes, sizes and species. Ambassador wolves are often wolves raised in captivity that cannot survive in the wild, are imprinted by humans, are tolerant of leashes and accept travelling to meet human crowds. Many different Ambassador wolves have made public appearances across the United States starting in the 1950's with Lois Crisler. In the 1960's Jack and Sally Martin lead the way with a wolf named Kazan. In 1969 John Harris traveled with two wolves named Clem and Jethro. He worked with more than 15 wolves until his death in 1985. Today the Clem and Jethro Lecture is lead by Johns' companion Pamela Brown. In the late 1970's and early '80s Beth Duman worked with a wolf named Nahani.

At Mission:Wolf we meet many people who excitedly re-play their once in a lifetime experience of meeting an Ambassador Wolf years ago. Although both the wolf and handler may now be deceased, the individuals recall their memory as if it happened yesterday. No book, video, movie or picture has the same impact as a real experience.

Each year America loses more wild habitat due to human encroachment. At the same time we are finding more people that have never had a wild experience and have little understanding or respect for nature. It is this missing wild experience that now motivates people to seek nature. All of the National Geographic and Animal Planet Specials combined will not satisfy this drive Americans have to experience a personal connection with nature.

Today, it is this drive that fuels the Ambassador Wolf Program of Mission:Wolf. It is the connection the wolves provide that re-kindles and builds a greater respect for nature, and ultimately each other.