Ambassador Program

We currently travel for special events within the Rocky Mountain region. Please contact us with any requests. Our nationwide program is on hold until further notice — please contact us if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

For 27 years, the Ambassador Wolf program traveled across the country in the spring and fall. During the months of October and November, the wolf bus began in the New England area, moving through the Midwest. In April, the bus traveled to the West, primarily in the Rockies, and covered our home state of Colorado.

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In 12 busy weeks, the wolf bus covered more than 15,000 miles and reach over 30,000 people, ranging from the Idaho Rocky Mountains to Maine’s hardwood forests. The impact of a face-to-face experience with a wolf cannot be compared to any videos, books, or photos.

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Kent drives the wolfhound bus in 2002. Photo by Annie White.

It is this personal experience that allows individuals to find intrinsic value in and respect for nature. A fourth grader stated it best: “I forget what I hear, I remember what I see, and I understand what I touch.” Years of experience in public education have proven this to be true. An eye-to-eye meeting with a wolf inspires admiration, understanding, and respect that people remember for a lifetime — it truly helps them learn to have compassion for wildlife and wild places. The Ambassador Wolf program collaborated with many wildlife and conservation organizations to bring attention and support to all species. For over two decades, Kent Weber led the Ambassador wolves across the country time and again, trying to satisfy the ever-increasing demand, and educating everyone who would listen about wolves and wilderness. The results have been overwhelming and inspiring.

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Co-Directors Tracy Ane Brooks and Kent Weber, with former Ambassador wolves Magpie and Raven. Photo by Tina Jarvis.

Now that wild wolves have returned to the United States, the need for public education through our Ambassador Wolf programs is greater then ever. As gray wolves continue to experience very tenuous ties to the Endangered Species List, it will be all the more important for people to understand what a wolf really is, and how to co-exist with them. People are slowly recognizing the benefits of having large predators in our ecosystems, and how this will improve our individual futures along with the future of the earth in general.

Unfortunately, many Americans are determined to possess the things they cherish. As public interest in nature increases, so does private ownership of wild animals. Today, there are more wolves confined to life in a cage than can be found living in the wilds of the United States. Former pet wolves and wolf-dogs are being cast away at alarming rates. Many end up homeless, or are simply destroyed before they reach their second birthday. Mission: Wolf takes in all of the captive-born wolves and wolf-dogs that we can; however, we receive new re-homing requests every week, and have been forced to turn away thousands of animals.

The overall message of the Ambassador Wolf program is one of respect for all things wild and free. Direct interactions with live wolves illustrate wolf behavior, the differences between wolves and dogs, and the urgent need for wolves to return to the wilderness areas of the world. Experience has taught us that the eyes of a wolf, looking into yours, relate this message louder and stronger than our own words ever will. The Ambassador wolves of Mission: Wolf have visited over 600,000 individuals in formal programs across the country. Each program is structured to accommodate individual audience needs and interests. Our approach is straightforward, without political overtones and focusing on common-sense biology and sociology.

The Future of the Ambassador Wolves

Our Ambassador wolves have traveled for 27 years through thirty states, meeting hundreds of thousands of individuals from all walks of life. These wolves choose whether or not to engage with strangers, and so we must adapt to the unique personalities of each generation of Ambassadors. The future of the cross-country traveling Ambassador program depends on:

  1. Managing local demand and traffic at the refuge
  2. The age and desires of our Ambassador wolves
  3. Our ability to fund travel across the nation

We will currently travel within the Rocky Mountain region for special events. Please contact us with any requests. Our nationwide program is on hold until further notice — please contact us if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

Planning and scheduling a wolf program needs to begin months in advance, so please don’t wait too long before contacting us. The more programs that can be set up in your area, the more likely it is that we can come.

For more information about Wolf Behavioral Sessions at the refuge, click here.