About the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
Mission Statement: The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center’s primary mission is to provide visitors to the Yellowstone area an opportunity to observe, understand and appreciate grizzly bears and gray wolves.
The Center is an AZA Accredited, not-for-profit Wildlife Park and Educational Facility.
The main purpose of the Center is to help visitors gain knowledge about grizzlies and wolves through educational programs. Visitors can spend their time watching these fascinating animals interact in their outdoor habitats. If you want to be guaranteed to see bears and wolves in Yellowstone, come visit us! The Center offers a variety of different programs and activities for the whole family.
Grizzly bears that live at the Center are animals that were unable to survive in the wild for different reasons. Many were orphaned when their mothers became used to obtaining food from human areas. Others had been labeled “nuisance bears” because they were becoming dangerously comfortable around humans.
These animals have a second chance at the Center. Their stories help share an important lesson. From them we learn how humans can help make sure that bears in the wild stay wild forever.
The wolves were captive-born, unplanned litters and cannot be released into the wild. The Center agreed to take pups from different litters and were given the opportunity to develop strong social ties.
The GWDC is committed to conservation with our main focus being conservation of habitat and wild species in the Yellowstone ecosystem.
T o further our mission, we are in the process of adding exhibits over the next decade to highlight the complex inter-relationships of predators, prey, and habitats.
Opened in the summer of 1993, the then named Grizzly Discovery Center began giving visitors to Yellowstone a greater understanding and appreciation of grizzlies.