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Photography and Filming

Wolf Park is a great place to photograph or film wolves. We offer a variety of options both inside and outside the enclosure. This is great for art reference, wildlife photography, documentary filming, and just for fun! Photography programs are led by world-renowned photographer Monty Sloan.

Private Photography Programs

Dates: Variable

Private Photography Tours

This program is held inside the safety fence where you can put your lens right up to the habitat fencing. Photography tours are ideal for those on a budget, individuals who can’t go in with wolves, or for those who want to photograph the wolves at add hours of the day or in the winter months. A good DSLR with a long focal length lens will “blur” out the fence, making it invisible in most shots. Smaller ‘pocket’ cameras may have a lens small enough to simply fit through the chain link which sometimes works even better. When possible, we may also use our observation room window for photography.

Private Photography Sessions

These are geared for photo clubs, photographers wanting unique images, or individuals who need a specific date outside our regular sessions. These programs run the same as our regular photography sessions.

Program Instructor

Monty Sloan is a world-renowned wolf photographer who has been associated with Wolf Park since 1988. Monty studied Earth Sciences at UC Berkeley before getting hooked on wolf photography. Monty photographed wolves at other facilities for several years before officially moving to Wolf Park. He also works as an animal trainer, educator, and assistant researcher.


Private Photography Tours

This program is offered most Monday evenings (see Photography Specialty Tour). The price is $100 per person for up to 3 people. Photography is through the fence only. Photographers should be age 15 or over. Other restrictions may apply. Contact [email protected] to book a private photography tour if you would like a time other than Monday evening.

Private Photography Sessions

This program is offered on limited dates from April – October. For groups between 1-5 people, the price is $445 per person (up to 5 people) for a 90 minute session (includes short breaks and a short fox photography session). For groups between 6-10, please email [email protected] for additional details and prices. Participants must be 18 or older. There will be direct exposure to Wolf Park’s ambassadors, and you will be instructed on appropriate clothing to wear.

Additional Requirements

  • Participants must be 18 or older for photography sessions and 15 or older for photography tours.
  • Participants must wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops). Dangling earrings, earrings with butterfly backs, and any easily removeable jewelry must be removed.  Additional clothing requirements will be provided in a welcome packet (not applicable for photography tours).
  • Participants must be capable of standing and walking through uneven terrain for a minimum of 90 minutes. There are few places to sit in our natural habitat enclosures and it’s not possible to bring your own seating inside (not applicable for photography tours).
  • Participants must watch a 75 minute safety orientation video and pass a short quiz prior to arrival (not applicable for photography tours).
  • Participants must acknowledge that Wolf Park reserves the right to deny entry to our wolf enclosures after evaluating participants for safety concerns (not applicable for photography tours).
  • Participants must acknowledge that this program is for photography purposes and not created for the facilitation of direct interactions (not applicable for photography tours).
  • Participants must acknowledge that Wolf Park reserves the right to end a photography program early if necessary for the safety of the participants and/or the welfare of our ambassador animals.
  • Participants must acknowledge that they may be asked to leave and forfeit their program payment if the rules and/or staff suggestions are not followed.

Refund Policy

Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the program can apply 75% of the registration fee to another photography program. Arrangements for transfer must occur by the end of the calendar year. If arrangements do not occur; your fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the program. Only if the program is canceled by Wolf Park will the fee be refunded.


If you have any questions, please email [email protected]