The not-for-profit Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center cares for grizzly bears and gray wolves that came to the center under circumstances that would inhibit and likely prevent their ability to survive in the wild. Programs at the Center are geared to introduce the public to these animals and educate people about the importance of these large animals’ survival in the wild.
Eight grizzlies from Alaska and Yellowstone make up the Center’s bear population. These bears were nuisance bears in the wild or cubs of nuisance bears. Adoption saved them from being destroyed, and now they are “ambassador bears” as part of the Center’s important education programs. Three separate wolf packs, comprised of two wolves each, live at the Center as well. The wolves were born in captivity and cannot be released into the wild. Visitors get to observe wolf behavior in action up close, something few Yellowstone National Park visitors ever see. In addition, the Center is home to a variety of rescued raptors that visitors can meet from May through November.
The Center’s museum features a world-class exhibit, “BEARS: Imagination and Reality,” that compares the bears of myth, art and folklore to scientific knowledge about bears.
To find details about visiting the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, open 365 days a year, see their website, grizzlydiscoveryctr.org. To plan a stay in West Yellowstone, Montana, right at the national park’s west entrance, go to destinationyellowstone.com.
Grizzly photo ©Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
Hotel photo ©Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone
West Yellowstone is located at the park entrance and is a perfect gateway to explore the park.