Sunday, February 24, 2013

Yesterday my family and I visited a place called Wolf Mountain Nature Center. It is located in a small town called Smyrna, NY. It is about an hour and a half drive from where we live. We heard about it through Facebook (they do have a Facebook page, you can look it up for more info). We hadn't been there before, due to how far the drive is, but yesterday we decided to check it out and see what it's all about. They were holding an event which included a "howling", and we are so glad we went.

It is actually a very small facility. Not at all like a zoo. It's run completely by volunteers and donations. There's no admission fee but there is a "suggested donation" per person.

They actually only have 3 types of animals there; coyotes, arctic foxes, and wolves. The beauty of the place was that we got to have a private guided tour, and we learned so much about each of the different types of animals. The animals were also very friendly and curious. Of course they were in enclosures so we could not get up close and personal.. but we were able to get within a few feet of the enclosures and the animals came right up to the fence to check us out. The volunteers went into the exhibits to feed the animals and that was fun to see. And of course the wolf howling demonstration was amazing!

We learned each of the animals names.. my kids got some stuffed animals that they named after some of the animals we met at the center.

We had such a good time, and learned so much about these animals. Although it's a small facility, I highly recommend it to anyone in the area (or planning to visit the area). It's definitely worth the trip, especially if you can make it for one of the wolf howling demonstrations. It is absolutely awesome! Check out their website;

Here are some of the pictures I got while we were there:

These are the 2 arctic foxes, Yana and Yukon.

Here are the wolves:
They had a total of 8 wolves.. all members of the grey wolf family. Some were arctic wolves, others were timer wolves. I can't remember all their names. The alpha male is one of the whiter ones, his name is Dancing Turtle. The black ones are Cayuga and Seneca. 

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