Mission: Wolf was created out of the necessity to provide shelter for captive wolves and allow humans a chance to understand them. In 1984, our co-founder Kent Weber was licensed to take care of a captive wolf in need of shelter. By 1986, Kent and his partner had started to take in other people’s former pet wolves that the owners were no longer able to care for. To give these animals a safe place away from people, he moved to Mission: Wolf’s current location in the remote foothills of the Wet Mountains in Southern Colorado.
Kent WeberKent was frustrated with the rat race of modern society and understood that humanity needed to be more sustainable. He hoped to build a sustainable house on the land he had purchased, which was south-facing, had its own water source, and was next to public land. However, the more he got involved with rescuing captive wolves, the more he recognized how many thousands of these animals are killed every year. He took in a second and third, until eventually Mission:Wolf had 52 wolves.
Meanwhile, a local science teacher invited us to take a wolf into her classroom. After we gave a brief presentation, she exclaimed that 20 minutes with a wolf in the room communicated more to her students than her past 3 months of teaching.
By 1988, the plans to build a residence were discarded, and the land was placed in the wolves’ name. Also in 1988, the entire operation was incorporated as an educational non-profit organization. Our ultimate goal is to render facilities like ours obsolete and see wolves back in the wild. Trapped in the middle of nowhere and working frantically to build the facility at 3:00 a.m. in the dead of winter, someone declared that the entire thing was “Mission Impossible.” The name Mission: Wolf was then coined and stuck.
Today, Mission: Wolf has over 200 acres of land secured. 120 are in conservation and provide a buffer zone, 80 acres are fenced for wolves, and we have a 3-acre eco village for the volunteer staff who live on site. We recognize the importance of helping people reconnect with and understand nature.Tipi at Mission:Wolf
There are two major components of Mission: Wolf. The first is a sanctuary for wolves and a nature center for people. The other is our national traveling education program, called the Ambassador Wolf Tour, in which our directors Kent Weber and Tracy Brooks travel the country with our Ambassador Wolves to visit schools, universities, museums, and other public facilities. As the first science teacher we visited commented when we took the wolves into her classroom, the wolves themselves are the most effective teachers.