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Wolves at GWDC

The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is home for seven Yellowstone wolves that live in three different packs. The wolves were born in captivity and are unable to live in the wild. The facilities they were born in did not have room to keep them and the GWDC was able to provide them a home. Here, the wolves give visitors an up-close look at their normally secretive lives.

Features such as tall grass, logs, trees and a pond with a waterfall give the wolves a very comfortable natural home. The keepers provide plenty of stimulation by hiding bones or sprinkling spices and other unusual scents. Live trout are added to the pond during the summer. A natural diet of elk and deer meat, hides and bones are provided by local hunters and meat processors.

Meet the Wolves…

The Hoodoo Pack

BRIDGER, OBSIDIAN AND SHASTA

The Hoodoo wolf pack consists of three wolves.  They arrived at the Center as pups from another captive facility in Montana in the spring of 2019.  Bridger is a male named after Jim Bridger, a mountain man and wilderness scout after which the Bridger mountain range was named. His brother, Obsidian, is named after the black volcanic glass that forms Obsidian Cliff in Yellowstone. Their sister, Shasta, is named after the Shasta pack, which was the first wild wolf pack in California in nearly a century. These three littermates are very playful and curious, and spend a lot of time chasing each other around their habitat. This pack helps us to  appreciate the role of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Adopt the Hoodoo Pack

River Valley Pack

AKELA AND KOOTENAI

The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center’s River Valley pack consists of two wolves, Akela and Kootenai. They arrived at the Center as 5-week-old pups in the spring of 2007 from another captive facility in Montana. Akela is a bold and tenacious wolf and was named after the leader of the wolf pack in the story “Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. She has a beautiful light ash-colored coat with gorgeous amber eyes. Her brother Kootenai was named after Kootenai National Forest in Montana and the Kootenai Native American Tribe in Idaho. He has a narrow head with a fluffy light grey coat. Kootenai has a very playful personality and enjoys playing games of tag with Akela. They often howl back & forth with the Center’s other wolf packs. Adopt the River Valley Pack.

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What our Guests Say!

Fantastic family fun

The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is staffed with caring naturalists who are very helpful and knowledgeable. How cool is...

Georgia S

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2015-03-31T11:09:20+00:00

Georgia S

The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is staffed with caring naturalists who are very helpful and knowledgeable. How cool is it that the kids can hide "snacks" for the Grizzly bears to find right inside their habitat! The animals were very respected and cared for.

Kids Loved it

This is my second time visiting and it seems to be better than the last time. The displays were well...

Skurj

5.0
2015-03-31T11:11:34+00:00

Skurj

This is my second time visiting and it seems to be better than the last time. The displays were well done and informative, the live bird show was a must. They rotate through a large selection of bears about every hour so the longer you stay the more bears you will see.
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