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“Great advocacy for wolves here”

California Wolf Center
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Julian
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Tucked away near the great apple pie mecca of Julian lies this beautiful sanctuary for wolves. They have a pack of gray wolves and some red wolves here. Make reservations in advance. They do a nice and informative brief on wolves, their nature, and current status here in North America before taking you out to see the packs.

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Reviewed 19 February 2014

Mixed feelings about this one. First, it was a great way to learn more about North American wolves. The staff clearly enjoyed their jobs, bringing great enthusiasm and knowledge to the subject. Given what happened to the North American wolf population, wolves certainly need human friends and advocates.

But I'm not sure I can completely recommend a visit to the Center. Why? Well, first it's overpriced, unless you're just interested in making a donation to their cause. That said, they do offer discounts, including sometimes on Groupon-type sites, so look around if you don't want to pay the full price.

Second, the experience isn't that much different from a zoo. Kind of like visiting a zoo with a personal guide. First you get an orientation program and then you go look at a couple of wolf enclosures. The wolves are behind fences and you're likely to only see a handful of animals. Indeed, at the Living Desert zoo in nearby Palm Desert, we probably got a better view of the Mexican gray wolves (of course, we LEARNED a lot more about them at the California Wolf Center).

Finally, the relatively short gravel road to the Center is atrocious. Why not grade it -- or even better, pave it? I was glad to have a rental vehicle and not my own personal car.

Bottomline, the Center makes a nice stop if you're in the area and interested in wolves, but is not a must see destination.

9  Thank Dave's_reviews
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Very informative speakers and slide show. Best part was an up close look at the wolves under their care. Wonderfully knowledgeable staff. Well worth the small price of admission.

1  Thank ECAntiquer
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

The wolf center is in a beautiful setting in the mountains,It is very interesting to visit.First you get educated on the wolves by your guide,then you take a short walk to view the wolves.They are easy to see and photograph.We had a great time,I think all ages would enjoy the center.There is a gift shop where you can buy a sweatshirt,tee shirt ,hats ,books and much more.I would say the California Wolf Center is doing a good job with their breeding program in hopes that one day California will have wolves in the wild again

3  Thank Lynetta M
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

We had a great experience on our visit here with our 10 1/2 year old son. It was a beautiful drive there from Carlsbad (about an hour) All the staff members at the center are friendly and quite knowledgeable. Seeing the wolves was quite an awesome experience, I must tell you. We were all pretty giddy by the time we left to drive home. I highly recommend this for any wildlife lover.

2  Thank daycavtravel
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