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Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Wildlife park in West Yellowstone, Montana

Travel Tips

Open year-round, a perfect way to end your Yellowstone visit. 1

Ideal for families and wildlife enthusiasts. 2

Interactive museum and educational programs available. Close to hotels and cabins. 3

Learn about bear safety and the importance of not feeding wildlife. 4

Open 365 days a year, offering insights into Yellowstone’s ecosystems. 5

Visit early in the day for more active animal behaviors. 6

Perfect for families, providing educational opportunities and the chance to see wildlife up close. 7

A must-visit for families and wildlife enthusiasts to learn about local wildlife in a controlled environment. 8

Introduction

Animal Exhibits

  • 🐻 Grizzly Bears: The bears at the center were acquired after becoming nuisance bears or being orphaned. They live in a large naturalistic habitat with a pool and waterfall.
  • 🐺 Gray Wolves: The center has two wolf packs, all captive-born. Visitors can observe their dynamic family structures and interactions.
  • 🦦 River Otters: The Banks of the Yellowstone exhibit features North American river otters in a large freshwater aquarium.
  • πŸ¦… Birds of Prey: The center houses raptors that can no longer survive in the wild, including bald eagles and other birds of prey.
  • 🐿️ Ground Squirrels: An exhibit that allows guests to appreciate predator-prey relationships. The squirrels hibernate naturally.

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Educational Programs

  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ« Keeper Kids: Children ages 5-12 learn about bear diets and help hide food for the bears.
  • πŸ¦… Bird-of-Prey Demonstrations: Visitors can see non-releasable raptors up close.
  • 🐺 Pack Chats: Daily discussions about wolf behavior and dynamics in the Naturalist Cabin.
  • πŸŽ₯ Films and Presentations: Includes National Geographic films and other educational content.
  • 🐻 Safety in Bear Country: Programs teaching how to manage bear encounters, featuring a live Karelian bear dog.

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Visitor Information

  • πŸ“… Hours: Open every day from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • 🎟️ Ticket Prices: Adults $16.50, Seniors $15.50, Children $11.50, under 5 free.
  • πŸ“ Location: 201 South Canyon St., West Yellowstone, Montana.
  • πŸ…ΏοΈ Parking: Ample parking available on-site.
  • 🦠 Health and Safety: Enhanced measures in place; masks not required but social distancing encouraged.

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History

  • πŸ“œ Founded: Opened in 1993 as the Grizzly Discovery Center.
  • πŸ—οΈ Development: Added a wolf exhibit in 1996 and became a non-profit in 1999.
  • πŸ”„ Rebranding: Renamed to Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in 2002.
  • 🀝 Partnerships: Collaborates with Yellowstone National Park and the U.S. Forest Service.
  • πŸ… Accreditation: Received AZA accreditation in 2001.

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Awards and Accreditation

  • πŸ† Tripadvisor 2023 Travelers' Choice: Placed in the top 10% of attractions worldwide.
  • πŸŽ–οΈ AZA Accreditation: Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for 21 years.
  • 🌟 Excellence in Care: Recognized for outstanding animal welfare, veterinary care, and educational programs.
  • πŸ“ˆ Visitor Numbers: Attracts approximately 140,000 visitors annually.
  • πŸ’Ό Financial Stability: Demonstrates strong financial management and governance.

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: (800) 257-2570
🌐   Website: http://www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.org/
πŸ•’Β Β Β Hours: See hours
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: 201 S Canyon St, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
πŸ”—Β Β Β Profiles: Instagram

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