This was our third time staying in West Yellowstone and we had never been to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. When I realized we would receive a discount for running in the Yellowstone Half Marathon our mind was set. This trip to Yellowstone we would take the time to see the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Not that it was a hard decision to make. Our family loves to see animals be it at an animal attraction or zoo. So seeing the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center has been high on our list for some time. Now this is not something that I would classify as a zoo. I would call it a live animal education center.
The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center was a wonderful fact filled stop for us. Going in our expectations were not very high. I mean we had seen the reviews and how wonderful they were, but besides nature it is the only animal attraction of its kind around. Now that we have been there I would say there are not too many places like it in the United States. We have seen a lot of different places, but we have not seen a place that has as wonderful exhibit areas as well as providing a high quality educational experience. Usually it is one or the other.
One thing that really hit home to us was just how large their complex was. Large exhibit areas for the resident wolf packs. As well as one of the best bear enclosures that I have ever seen. The bear habitat had a small pond with waterfall, a stream, two large grassy areas on both sides of the water feature. Their bears are let out into their enclosure on a rotating basis so each group that is released is very active. Smelling the other’s scents as well as being stimulated by their caretakers who hide food and other treats for the bears before they are released.
The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center has a nice birds of prey exhibit. It features a variety of birds from owls to eagles. The birds also serve in an educational outreach program to the local schools. Another neat area is their naturalist cabin. It sits between their two wolf habitats with nice viewing windows of the wolf packs. It also has interactive displays, a film on wolves, as well as a cozy cabin feel.
Karen and I also thought they did a wonderful job educating us about bears, their habitat, and bear safety. The entrance/museum was well done. They had many taxidermy bears. Tons of informational displays about the myth, art, history, features, and habitats of bears. Our family enjoyed the fact that a lot of the displays were interactive. Outside in the exhibit areas they put on educational programs. We thought their hiking in bear country was very informative and a good lesson to take considering the location. Learned a lot about the proper use of bear spray. They went to great lengths to not only provide an entertaining experience but also a very educational one.
I think we will have to make the Grizzly and World Discovery Center a routine event while visiting the Yellowstone area. The existing exhibits are all well done. Fortunately, they are not stopping there. They plan on adding an indoor facility with river otters and cutthroat trout. As well as new bear dens to help save more bears from euthanizing as well as a new outdoor bear habitat. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center has some good things going and it seems like it is going to get better in the years ahead.
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Located at 201 South Canyon Rd. West Yellowstone, MT
Hours of Operation 8:30 to 8:30 7 days a week 365 days a year closes earlier during the fall and winter
Cost as of this Posting Adults 13 and over $13 Seniors $12.25 and Children 5 to 12 $8
for more information about the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center visit their website at http://www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.org/
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