Wolf Park is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to behavioral research, education and conservation, with the objective of improving the public’s understanding of wolves and the value they provide to our environment.
Specific aims include:
To give researchers an opportunity to combine field studies with observations on animals within the park for a better understanding of their social behavior, which they can then use in better understanding what they see in their field studies, and apply in their efforts to determine what the species needs in order to adapt and live well in the wild.
To establish and maintain representative groups of endangered species along with other animals, with a view of alerting the public to the need for action on their behalf.
To expand upon our management techniques with mixed habitats of plants and animals and to make this knowledge available to others, especially focusing on the benefits of socialization in captive animal management.
To develop the most effective means of disseminating the information which we have to the greatest number of people. This means educating them concerning the importance of appreciating the behavior and ecology of animals and how this relates to the general quality of life for humans, both now and in the future. We will do this through events at Wolf Park, publications, presentations off site, and through the internet, among other ways.
To co-sponsor or cooperate with other groups, agencies, and institutions, both government and private, wherever possible in matters of common interests.
To reach members of many different populations of people, from young children to high ranking government officials, in an effort to change attitudes towards wolves, wildlife, and wild lands in a profound way that will alter our culture and will help perpetuate these wild animals and habitats long into the future, beyond our individual lifetimes.
Please consider supporting us in our mission.
Zsuzsa Klinghammer, Erich Klinghammer’s first wife, passed away this week. Zsuzsa was the secretary for Wolf Park (aka North American Wildlife Park Foundation back then) and sometimes filled in as Secretary. She also helped in the Visitor’s Center, talking to visitors and providing hospitality. She did this for years, even when she had an established law practice. Though her role with the wolves was not as hands-on as some, she was an awfully good sport about things like having a wolf receive a medicated bath in the Klinghammers’ only bathroom, loaning us her hairdryer to blow the wolf dry after her bath, and provided a chenille bed spread to wrap the still slightly damp wolf in for transport to another building afterward. She had a way of stretching the Park’s money that sometimes seemed on a par with spinning straw into gold.
In addition to her work at Wolf Park Zsuzsa also used her knowledge of real estate to help a number of young people get their first houses.
The courage with which she faced her final illness has been an inspiration to those of us who knew her.