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Arctic Wolves!

An engaging new photo exhibit traces the development of arctic pups Axel and Grayson from their springtime arrival through their socialization period and acceptance by the pack.

One of many fascinating aspects of life in a wolf pack is the complicated process of seeking acceptance, creating bonds, establishing hierarchy and finally becoming an efficiently functioning part of a complex social structure. The International Wolf Center ambassador wolves are not “family,” for the most part; they come from different parts of the world. But they each come with the same wild instinct to form a bonded whole—to create a social hierarchy and play the roles that, in nature, protect the pack and keep its members alive, well and adequately fed.

Our new pups experienced that process this year, with each phase thoroughly chronicled by the wolf care team and captured by photographer Heidi Pinkerton. The new “Arctic Wolves” exhibit at the International Wolf Center combines the story of the pups’ arrival and adjustment with some of Pinkerton’s most beautiful photos, creating for visitors a visual close-up of early life inside the pack for Axel and Grayson.

Make plans to visit the International Wolf Center to see the ambassador wolves, learn about wolves’ relationships to wildlands around the world, and enjoy the “Arctic Wolves!” exhibit anytime between now and May 2018.



See our Ambassador Wolves

Our interpretive center in Ely features expansive observation windows with spectacular views of our resident ambassador wolves as they interact with each other in the natural 1.25-acre wolf enclosure and den site.

Currently, the Exhibit Pack includes two Rocky Mountain wolves: Aidan and Denali, Boltz, a Great Plains wolf and two arctic wolves, Axel and Grayson. And yes, they can see you and may be curious enough to approach you within inches of the observation glass. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this unforgettable experience!




Wolves and Humans

Werewolves and puppy dogs, spirit wolves and Canis lupus on the hunt await visitors to the award-winning Wolves and Humans exhibit designed by the Science Museum of Minnesota. Both in fantasy and reality, the wolf has held deep meaning for humans. This hands-on exhibit shows the fascinating, age-old dance between wolves and humans and the modern conflicts that still threaten the wolf’s survival.




Little Wolf

Crawl into the Little Wolf den in this delightful children’s exhibit and what do you hear? The soft whimpering of pups! Children ages 3 to 9 can romp with the spunky character, Little Wolf, through the four seasons of a pup’s first year. Kids will discover a moose towering over Little Wolf’s mailbox, mysterious holes to explore and lively games and activities. Kids AND parents enjoy this exhibit, designed by the Science Museum of Minnesota, with artistic help from Ely community members.








Wolves and Wildlands in the 21st Century

The Bell Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with the International Wolf Center, is pleased to offer Wolves and Wildlands in the 21st Century.

The Wolves and Wildlands in the 21st Century traveling exhibit presents wolves in a continental perspective that will deepen viewers’ understanding of the wolf and the challenge of wolf-human coexistence. Although the details vary across the continent a consistent story emerges: Humans determine the future of the wolf in North America. Rental information