Lakota Wolf Preserve
Lakota Wolf Preserve
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  • Catherine H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing as Always!
    I have been there at least 5 times over the last 20 years. I’ve brought family members and also special needs clients that I work with to take the tour. The program is wonderful and informative. They have a van available for transporting to the wildlife area for those who are unable to do the 15 minute walk. Bring a lunch and enjoy afterwards at the picnic area. I learn something new every time I go! It’s very clear that the caretakers for the animals are 100% committed!!! Cathy & Mark 7/28/23
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Megan W
    13 contributions
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    Magical Wolf Experience
    Lakota wolf ranch was one of the most magical experiences you can have with wolves! The husband and wife duo that run this place are truly one of the pack. I walked out leaving I had as much passion for something that they have with their pets. I cannot recommend visiting this place enough. It was an awesome educational experience and you know the animals are well taken care of much better than a zoo. It’s great for adults and kids, but make sure the kids can stay quiet. The foxes were not fans of the loud talking.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • LiorM
    Israel70 contributions
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    We liked it
    Knowledgeable guides, and very nice. Gave us some free-roaming time. They also have fox and wild cats areas, we had no idea. Only downside was crowd - but it didn't detract from the experience. Just make sure to book adults-only!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • DKB863
    Glenwood, Arkansas233 contributions
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    This should not be missed, Check in was strange.
    When you enter this place its important to understand the folks at the campground check in are NOT affiliated with Lakota. The campground folks don't really want you on the property or in their store. We arrived about 40 min early and were asked to leave and come back in 30 min. Had the campground folks been more welcoming, I would have bought an ice cream bar and Lakota Wolf Preserve souvenier but apparently they havn't thought about that. We came back about 10 min before Lakota tour began and were welcomed by Lakota folks standing by entrance with clip boards. For me, this was the highlight of our 7 day trip through New England. From the entrance/parking area, you can walk a nature trail through woods to wolf preserve or ride the shuttle. Bears are seen regularly here and a sow with 2 cubs was seen a day or two ago. So we decided to take the shuttle and walk back with a group of people. We saw lots of wolves close up, bobcat, and lynx. Very educational talk by owners about the animals and how they maintained this preserve for many years. At the end, the owner called out to the wolves, 'COME ON, LETS GO!' Then every wolf started howling. A white female turned towards us and howled as if to say, 'you come on too.' One last thing, driving the countryside in northwest NJ was also a highlight. Lots of old dairy barns, silos, vegetable stands, and diners. We loved it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Sandymack20
    29 contributions
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    A Howling Good Time
    We had a great day at the wolf preserve. I was a little skeptical that our teen(15 and 18) would be as excited as I was but they were totally absorbed in the wolves, bobcat, lynx and foxes and all the information we received. The hand feeding by the leaders and the nearness of the animals was amazing. The howling was the best! Seeing wild animals so we’ll protected and cared for was truly a pleasure.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Christina G
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    It’s truly magical!
    It is a magical experience! The wolves are beautiful and well taken care of. You learn about the wolves and their personal journeys to being at Lakota. I make a point of revisiting every time I’m in the area.Take the tour you won’t be disappointed! Support, donate, buy from the website.!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Jenna L
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    Fun and educational experience!
    We cannot thank Becky and Jim enough for all the hard work and advocacy they do for the wolves, as well as the education they provide for the visitors. The wolves come up to the fence when called for their treats, so you get a great look at them, and the rest of the time they. are ,oWe learned a ton about the animals there, debunked some myths, and learned how to contribute to the preservation of these endangered species. We will be visiting again, and can't wait. Becky and Jim are also great hosts, and their welcoming attitude made our visit positive from start to finish. Thank you Becky and Jim! -Jenna and Miles
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Kelley B
    6 contributions
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    Informative and heart warming
    Our family of 4 thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Lakota Wolf preserve. We learned so much about the wolves, bobcat, lynx and red fox. The animals and those who care for them were so engaging. We happened to be there on a gorgeous October day and enjoyed the .5 mile walk to and from the parking lot but there is also a quick shuttle ride for those that can’t/don’t want to walk. I highly recommend a visit to this special place.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Myra M
    Astoria, New York10 contributions
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    Enjoyable experience.
    The couple that own the preserve were very sweet and made our experience very enjoyable. You can tell that they love the animals in their care and are dedicated to educating the public about wildlife and the importance of humans and wild life co-existing in harmony. They educated through storytelling and engaged the group in a way I felt was fun and also memorable. It's a wonderful place for children and adults of all ages.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Adventure796506
    2 contributions
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    100% rainfall prediction did not put a damper on the tour
    Our BTE (Better Than Ever) group did not let the 100% rain prediction put a damper on our outing to the Lakota Wolf Preserve. Being prepared with rain gear was right on for our 15 minute hike up the mountain to the tour area. Here, we got an excellent tour and history of the preserve and its current residents. We saw the various types of wolves, bobcat, lynx and foxes. We were told that the wolves have been delisted from the endangered species list and are not protected against hunters. They are in danger of being wiped out after barely gaining foothold in existence after their initial protection. You can help: Relistwolves.org. It was overall a wonderful experience and we were able to get great photos regardless of the rainfall! I was amazed at all the other attendees that joined the tour in the rain.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
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Ms2090
Killingly, CT70 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Friends
Recently I was able to take a trip to the preserve It was actually the reason why I chose that area in the first place.. I came from Connecticut and made a reservation online without any issues showed up early jumped on the first shuttle up the hill (I recommend this by the way.. take the shuttle) and was able to hang out take some pictures and hear the beautiful sounds of the wolves before any other people got there. They do a shuttle back and forth. The husband wife duo that care for the wolves foxes and bobcats are dedicated loving individuals They are honest.. informative & frank but sincere and I loved that about them... Yes there are two sets of fences for safety because let's be honest not all people are good.. Sorry not sorry!! I fel t it was worth the ride worth the entry fee and I plan on going again. Check out their Facebook page for great pictures videos and information!! I think this visit is appropriate for both adults and children however if your children are not good listeners, calm, quiet or respectful..Don't bring them and don't ruin it for the other people that are there.. please!!
Written 28 August 2020
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RichR49
Riverside, NJ5 contributions
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Aug 2020
First, the location is really out of the way and difficult to find without a GPS or detailed instructions. They are understandably very strict about arrival times and rules on behavior around the animals. A preserve is meant to protect them, not let you do what you think you are priveliged to do.

Be there 30 minutes or more ahead of time to register, park, use the rest rooms, and board the bus ride to the preserve. Because of covid, bus seating is limited and they have to make multiple trips. You may have to wait for any second busload.

The owner made the presentation and was clear and very easy to understand. We learned a lot about the animals and he answered a lot of questions. The kids in the group were well behaved and actually asked most of the questions.

The wolves are somewhat tame as they were raised as pups and seem to respond to their name, especially during feeding tiime. They treated us to a chorus of howls which was awesome. These are not zoo-type animals that are interested in eating you, but are a rowdy group of four different packs that act like wolves. They even have a challenged wolf that they raise as a puppy who acted so sweet.
Written 17 August 2020
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Hawaiianskirt
Kenilworth, NJ363 contributions
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Dec 2020 • Family
Due to Covid I had to order the tickets about a month in advance. We opted for December looking for something safe and outdoors and frankly that is when the wolves have their beautiful coats.
This was our 2nd time after 10 years. We opted to walk up to the preserve wheat as most people took the shuttle. The hike up is really lovely I highly recommend if you are able to.

The wolves were amazing to watch and the owner is really knowledgeable and gives you a full educational experience. His love for these wolves is apparent and he thanked us for basically pay to feed them during this pandemic.
His wife does a show with the Bobcat and Lynx and again she is super knowledgeable and caring.

I highly recommend coming out and seeing the wolves and supporting this amazing place. I would think kids 6 and up would be most appropriate as a teacher talking.

We also enjoyed the hike back down the hill.

The best part was listening to their beautiful howling, it was sweet and just amazing.
Written 31 December 2020
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islandgirl
New Jersey429 contributions
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Dec 2020 • Friends
I purchased tickets about a month in advance to get in on a weekend tour. It was definitely worth the wait. Due to more restrictions put into place by the Governor of NJ, the owners had to make a few minor changes in order not to disappoint customers who already purchased tickets so they split the tour into two groups. I personally thought this was very pro active on behalf of the owners, and made everyone feel safe. Seeing wolves up close and personal has always been on my list of things to do. Why didn't I do this sooner? The animals are incredibly beautiful and very loved and taken care of.
We saw 3 packs of wolves, lynx, bobcat, foxes and one after the other just beautiful animals and so smart too. They really know their owners too. This is a great tour for young and old. Some members of the tour were part of a Birthday party. Wish they had things like this when my son was small. We definitely plan to return. Thank for a fun, educational day with your beautiful animals.
Owners Jim and Becky are super nice people, very down to earth and grateful to those who came on the tour. This is definitely a place I HIGHLY recommend to everyone.
Written 13 December 2020
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NJDAD84
2 contributions
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Jun 2021
Great for adults and older children. The tour is fairly sedentary and entails a lot informative speaking that will not keep a young child's attention. One staff member was rude and unpleasant and really ruined the experience for my family.

I came to Lakota Wolf Preserve with my family which includes two boys about to turn six and a two year old boy. The almost six year old boys enjoyed seeing the animals, but were bored pretty early on. You spend approximately 25 minutes in two different locations listening to one of the owners speak passionately and intelligently about the animals and the mission. This is not a recipe to keep younger children engaged.

One of the preserve staff members was incredibly rude and unreasonable to my family and youngest child. My two year old child was very well behaved, but was quite chatty, frequently describing the animals and what he was seeing around him. The preserve apparently believes that they can describe themselves as family friendly and then not tolerate young children talking. Obviously the two are not compatible. I tried to keep my child towards the back of group, but anything less than complete silence was met with unpleasant interactions from the preserve staff. To be clear, my child was not yelling, shouting, screaming, or doing anything inappropriate. He was simply experiencing the environment like young children do and speaking in a normal voice.

My suggestion to the preserve would be to update the website to clearly state the expectation of silence for the duration of the tour and to discourage young children that cannot do this from coming. Alternatively, they could offer a kids tour where they lower the bar and don't harass the parents that are trying to provide their children with a nice experience.
Written 4 June 2021
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We stand behind our staff asking you to keep the children quiet. when other people on the tour are complaining to us about the noise and disruption and your reply to us when asked to try and keep the child quieter is "what do you want me to do put a muzzle on him" it is a clear indication that it was loud enough to be disruptive to everyone else on the tour. All the other people on the tour paid just as much as you did to be there and our responsibility is to all those other people.
Written 15 June 2021
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Angie B
Montgomeryville, PA15 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Family
I've been to the Lakota wolf preserve three times. Also given them out as gift certificates many times. Owners are extremely knowledgeable, they treat their animals like family, the enclosures are well-maintained and secured and are frequently checked, and the animals are spoiled rotten. Hehe. The owners have poured their hearts, and much of their own money, an hours upon hours taking care of one's that are sick. They have taken in some of the animals that were no longer wanted or that were deemed to be put down because they were sick. Go out of their way to maintain the property, educate the public, inform the public, and give you a heads up whether they're open or closed due to weather conditions, and welcome you. Be sure to call and check their website before you purchase or just drive there because there are sometimes that they are closed due to severe weather conditions. Do not get pissed off if they are closed due to the weather. this place is in the mountains and the weather may not be the same as where you are at. They have to make sure the animals are safe, they themselves are safe, and the people who visit are safe. only thing I would recommend if they would wear a mini microphone so you can hear them, because people just love to chat because they're so excited to see the animals. I'm definitely going to recommend that to them.
Written 26 April 2021
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Veronica B
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Apr 2021
If you're looking for a chance to see gorgeous animals that are not in "zoo-like" cages, then this is for you.

So much time and effort has been put into making the environment as suitable as possible for these wolves (and the foxes, bobcat and lynx) to mimic their environment in the wild. So they can live out their lives as "wolves".... not exhibits for human viewing.

This isn't a circus, don't expect "performing dogs"!

The owners have a wealth of knowledge to share and they are passionate about the conservation and care of these animals and their habitat. If you are taking children, please supervise them for the enjoyment of everyone else. It's a lot nicer to hear the wolves howl than "screaming kids".

If you are a professional photographer, you should invest in a photography tour where you will be able to get unobstructed views of the wolves. The regular tour is behind a special fence for the safety and protection of the animals and this means your pictures may not be as clear as you'd like them.

My final tip is to be ready for all sorts of weather, the tour goes ahead in most conditions and there is no covered walkways, you're in nature. So decent walking shoes, hats if sunny and waterproof gear if rainy. The wolves don't mind the rain - so you're in for a treat regardless.
Written 15 April 2021
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shari c
1 contribution
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Apr 2023
I am a 58 year old woman; my friend (similar age) and I visited the Lakota Wolf Preserve this past Saturday. I rate our experience a five/five. They have busses to take you to the top of the preserve, which is wonderful if you are not able to walk long distances. The wolves (and other animals) looked happy and well cared for; additionally, you could see the love the owners have for the animals. The educational stories were informative and interesting. I also like how the speakers encouraged parents to have their children be respectful. I would not recommend bringing younger children; use discretion as you know your family best. Most of the attendees were adults or older children (ten and up). The educational talks are lengthy; excessive noise is disruptive/upsetting to the wolves and thus discouraged. With that in mind, I highly recommend this preserve for adults and well-behaved older children. Enjoy the beauty of Lakota Wolf Preserve.
Written 9 April 2023
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dianeri
31 contributions
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Sept 2020
The owners of this wonderful preserve also do the tours. They are very knowledgeable about wolves of course, but also about nature's ecosystem. They have rescued wolves, and in the past raised them from pups. The animals are clearly very attached to them both and appear to be well cared for. Plus the preserve is regulated and inspected so you can have confidence the wolves are actually cared for. The tour is a good length and a great value for the adult price. The property is nice and afterward you can enjoy walking back to the center for a leisurely stroll through the woods if you choose. Tip, many people did not wear their mask during the outdoor tour, but there is enough space to keep as much distance between you as makes you comfortable.
Written 25 September 2020
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EACW111415
New Jersey98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Very Informative and educational not only about wolves but also about bobcats, lynx and foxes. Would I recommend this for kids under 5 not really because they seem to be bored fast but my daughter is 3 and she loved seeing the animals. The best part is when they called the wolves names and they howled. My daughter loved that part the most and was just in awww about it. The owners are down to earth and truly love this animals. They have such an amazing bond with them and they trust them, it's really something to see. We will be going back with more family members and friends.
Written 18 June 2021
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