The Searching Wolf



International Wolf Center

The International Wolf Center is located in northeastern Minnesota in the midst of the Superior National Forest near the town of Ely. The Center, built on a rise of land near Highway 169, is a beautiful building with an attached outdoor enclosure for the four ambassador wolves.

The International Wolf Center in August.


The International Wolf Center in January.


Some International Wolf Center Personalities



Dr. L. David Mech (middle), founder of the International Wolf Center, signing books at the Defender's Wolf Conference, Albany, NY, November 1996.


Walter Medwid
Executive Director


Mary Ortiz
Associate Director


Linda Aylsworth
Information Resources Coordinator


On the Center's lawn is a pack of running wolves in bronze.


As you enter the Center you will find straight ahead a large multisided fireplace and to your left, the Wolf Den Store, a great place to stock up on all sorts of things wolfie: books, recordings, wolfware and wolfwear.

A View of the Lobby's fireplace.


10% Discount for Members at the Wolf Den Store.


Main Lobby.


Children's Room.


The International Wolf Center is the home of the Science Museum of Minnesota's Wolves and Humans Exhibit which displays with pictures, words, and artifacts the relationship of wolves and humans since time immemorial.

You are entering the Wolves and Humans Exhibit.


Wolf talks are given many times each day when the Center is open. They are presented in the auditorium which opened in spring 1998 and looks out into the wolf compound. Sometimes during a talk a wolf will stroll by to see what is going on.

Sitting in the new auditorium used for wolf talks.


Wolf viewing area and lobby leading to the auditorium.


Late August In the Area Surrounding the International Wolf Center


Logging Road in the Superior National Forest.

View of a marsh where moose are sometimes seen.

Birch and aspen, and a clear blue lake.
A Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area trail.