Visitors learn about gray wolves and grizzlies — from a safe distance.
If you're a grizzly bear or a wolf, you walk a fine line in your human interactions. If you're too friendly, you may not understand the threat posed by many people ("Maybe I'll say hi to that guy wearing a bright orange vest!") And if you're too aggressive, well, we humans don't take kindly to wildlife that attacks us. So if you're a grizzly or a gray wolf who is too mean or too nice, what are your options?
Don't fret! In partnership with Yellowstone Park, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (GWDC) puts otherwise out-of-commission wolves and bears to work — as animal ambassadors. For 365 days a year, human visitors can get up close and personal with gray wolves and grizzlies in a controlled natural environment.
Founded in 1993 with a small coterie of three bears, the center was intended to house animals that had become too friendly or too aggressive with humans. GWDC was planned as a sanctuary but was sold to an entertainment company in New York, which announced plans to shut it down in 1999. Three longtime center managers saved the day, buying the GWDC and maintaining it as a functional and thriving nonprofit center.
The GWDC offers many exciting programs for its visitors, including the events and activities below.