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Mission, Vision, and Values

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.

Our response to controversies as they arise is to provide information that helps people to make their own informed decisions. We pledge to educate the public by offering the most up-to-date, accurate wolf information possible.

Education may not translate into immediate action, but it does result in reevaluation and change. As people gain knowledge and appreciation of wolves and their place as predators in the ecosystem, they can become concerned about wolf survival and recovery. Decades of research have unveiled multitudes of facts about this species. That research, used in public education, has motivated people to help and to allow wolves to begin reclaiming small portions of their former habitat.

Wolf educators are challenged to deal with complex issues: reintroduction of the species into Yellowstone, population control in Alaska and Canada, bounties, livestock depredation, the tragedy of a pet wolf-dog hybrid’s attack on a child. Each is more sensational, more conducive to emotionalism, more provocative to the media than the last.

We who want knowledge about wolves need clear, thoughtful presentation of the facts and issues involved. That is exactly what the International Wolf Center seeks to provide. The study of wolf survival continues to include the study of human tolerance. It is hard for people to tolerate or to respect what they are raised to fear. The wolf problem is a people problem. We need everyone’s help to solve it.

You can help solve the problem by supporting the International Wolf Center in the following ways:

  • Join the pack! As a member of the Center, you further our mission through financial support and by sharing what you learn about wolves with others.
  • Donate time, money, supplies or professional services – whatever you can – to help us bring the facts about wolves to people in your neighborhood and around the world.
  • Shop for holidays, birthdays and special occasions on our online catalog featuring great gifts for loved ones of all ages.

With your support, we can spread the facts about wolves and work to ensure their survival around the globe.

Vision

The International Wolf Center envisions a world in which populations of wolves thrive well distributed in many parts of their native range. A global system of designated wildlands supports abundant habitat and prey for wolves and other large carnivores. The Center provides useful scientific information and learning opportunities to diverse individuals and groups and supports well-informed dialogue about management of wolf­human conflict. As a result, humans adopt an attitude of respect toward wolves. As informed participants, humans create policy and act in support of ecological sustainability, which includes the survival of wolf populations. In day-to-day life, humans accept coexistence with wolves

Values

(Approved by the Board of Directors on June 10, 2005)

Wolves
The International Wolf Center values the wolf, the survival of wolf populations in many parts of their historic range, and coexistence between wolves and humans.

Integrity
The International Wolf Center values honesty and integrity in the conduct of all organizational activities.

Educational Excellence
The International Wolf Center values high quality education that fosters interest in and understanding of wolves and wolf issues.

Accurate Information
The International Wolf Center values the power of full, accurate and science-based information to improve decision-making about the conservation and management of wolves and wildlands.