New York March 31, 2017
Not Many People Know About This Wolf Sanctuary Right Here In New York
Considering the size of New York, we often find ourselves being a great distance away from certain attractions that we want to cross off our bucket list. Luckily for us, there’s one extraordinary location right in the center of our state that’s not too far from the majority of our residents. You may be familiar with visiting other animal sanctuaries around our state that are home to friendly farm animals, but this one features four-legged friends that you’ll never forget!
Head out to the center of New York in Chenango County and you'll discover the teensy tiny town of Smyrna.
The town is home to Wolf Mountain Nature Center, a non-profit animal sanctuary that's run entirely by volunteers who advocate for the preservation of wolves.
Completely off of the grid, Wolf Mountain generates all of its power using solar panels.
Giving you the unique experience of being just a few feet away from this beautiful creatures, visitors will be able to learn fascinating information about wolves while they're here.
Some of the wolves have names you'll recognize, like the pair of black phase Timber wolves named Seneca and Cayuga!
So where do the animals come from? All of the wolves either come from other wolf facilities, were acquired as an animal rescue or were born here at the center!
But wolves aren't the only exotic animals that you'll find here. The sanctuary is also home to six Arctic Foxes!
Arctic Foxes Yukon and Yana were the first to call Wolf Mountain home, eventually blessing the sanctuary with four babies back in 2014!
And that's not all! Wolf Mountain is also home to four Eastern Coyotes that were born at the sanctuary in 2012.
Wolf Mountain's main priority is to give visitors a new appreciation for the animals that call this place home, while providing educational programs that you'll appreciate.
Throughout the year the sanctuary offers different events where guests can come and camp out for the night, offering unique activities like helping to feed the animals.
Those who decide to participate in the Camping With the Wolves event will be able to bring their own tent and sleep over for the night, while enjoying tours of the sanctuary, guided hikes, dinner and breakfast, campfires and even a Tipi program! The next upcoming camping events will taking place in July and August.
Wolf Mountain even features Photography Session events that offer a spectacular experience.
The sanctuary now features a photography platform above the fence line, requiring an easy 10-minute hike through the woods. It's here that photographers will have a wonderful view of the animals during their 3-hour session. The next upcoming session is on May 20th from 8AM to 11AM, with other sessions planned for the months of August, September and October.
Also on site? An indoor classroom and gift shop that has a wonderful variety of wolf-themed items that are perfect to take home with you to carry on the memory of this unforgettable experience!
Because Wolf Mountain is a non-profit organization, it's things like admission fees, donations, sponsorships and proceeds from the gift shop sales that help keep this place running.
Allowing you to see these beautiful creatures in the wild, there's nothing quite like taking a trip to this extraordinary animal sanctuary in the heart of our state.
Considering how incredible of an experience it is to visit Wolf Mountain, you'll be surprised to hear that admission for visitors ages 6 and up only costs $5.00. Founder Will Pryor had dreamed of working with wolves since he was a child and has managed to create a beautiful space for these animals.Throughout the center you'll find kid friendly activities, benches for guests to rest on and watch the animals and even picnic areas! This place is truly the day trip of a lifetime.
On Wolf Mountain's website not only will you find out more information about visiting, but they also have a list of every animal that you'll find at the center with each of them having their own bio. To read about the history of each animal and to find out more,
How to get here:
562 Hopkins Crandall Road Smyrna, NY 13464
September through June - Sundays from 12PM to 4PM
June through September - Wednesday & Thursday from 11AM to 3PM
Saturday from 12PM to 3PM and Sunday from 12PM to 4PM
We’re so lucky to have a place like this right in the center of our state! Would you ever take a trip to Wolf Mountain Nature Center? For more destinations that will have you hanging out with exotic friends all day long, check out
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