White Wolf Sanctuary & Educational Facility

White Wolf Sanctuary & Educational Facility

White Wolf Sanctuary & Educational Facility
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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White Wolf Sanctuary is a 501 c 3 non profit organization. The Sanctuary is located in the coastal forest of Tidewater, Oregon where the wolves live in spacious habitats, and are allowed to freely run.
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  • Jinlondon96
    London, United Kingdom96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Little Red lied!
    A wonderful couple of hours learning about and observing these majestic animals. They have been so misrepresented in popular culture that it’s important to educate people about their true nature and vital role in our ecosystem. As others have said this is not a ‘zoo’ experience: it’s an opportunity to learn about wolves and see them in a caring habitat, plus of course support the great work that the sanctuary does.
    Thank you so much for visiting the Sanctuary. We hope to see you again in the future
    Written 25 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Doxysmile
    Albany, Oregon38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth The Cost
    Abso-f**kin-lutely the BEST family outing!! We all enjoyed Nicole’s informative and interesting presentation about Wolves! The walk around the property to see the wolves and their habitat was exciting, as we were able to get up close & observe the magnificent wolves!
    Thank you so much for your review. We hope to see you again in the future
    Written 26 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 December 2023
  • April & Paul
    Phoenix, Oregon27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Visiting a Wolf Shangri-La
    Nicola put her heart and soul into giving us the utmost wolf education she could possible pack into 2 hours. Her knowledge of the history of wolves and current statistics of their lives in Oregon, throughout the U.S and around the world was astounding. We were able to view 5 wolves, 2 up close, but always through the wire fence. This made photography difficult. The other 3 wolves were viewable from a distance. We really had hoped we could at least pet the wolves but this was not allowed. That being said, my husband and I enjoyed delving into the “Wolf World” a little deeper than we ever had before. This was our 3rd visit to a wolf sanctuary. Well done, Nicola, and all the caretakers at White Wolf Sanctuary!
    Thank you so much for your support!
    Written 26 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 January 2024
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Mikala C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
This was an INCREDIBLE experience and I cannot recommend it enough. The staff care so deeply for these majestic creatures and it is evident by the way they speak about the wolves. We learned so much from the guide!! Please go and support the amazing work being done at White Wolf Sanctuary!!
Written 12 December 2022
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Thank you so much for your support! We are very happy that you had a positive tour experience.
Written 8 April 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jinlondon96
London, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A wonderful couple of hours learning about and observing these majestic animals. They have been so misrepresented in popular culture that it’s important to educate people about their true nature and vital role in our ecosystem. As others have said this is not a ‘zoo’ experience: it’s an opportunity to learn about wolves and see them in a caring habitat, plus of course support the great work that the sanctuary does.
Written 23 September 2023
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Thank you so much for visiting the Sanctuary. We hope to see you again in the future
Written 25 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alyse G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Such a great experience! Our tour guide Nicola was so kind, fun, and informative! It was great to get to learn about the beautiful wolves from someone who has been volunteering there for so many years. The wolves were so trusting with her so they came up so close to the gate! We had lots of fun and we will definitely be back. What an incredible memory. Thank you so much WWS and Nicola!
Written 9 January 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the the tour and the kind words.
Written 8 April 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Doxysmile
Albany, OR38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Abso-f**kin-lutely the BEST family outing!! We all enjoyed Nicole’s informative and interesting presentation about Wolves!
The walk around the property to see the wolves and their habitat was exciting, as we were able to get up close & observe the magnificent wolves!
Written 5 December 2023
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Thank you so much for your review. We hope to see you again in the future
Written 26 January 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Adriana H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The wolf sanctuary visit exceeded our expectations! Nichola was a great host and the team communicated clearly and often with logistic details. The wolves were amazing of course! Learned a ton more about them and we were treated to a howling chorus. We’ll definitely be back. Thank you again for a wonderful experience!
Written 3 April 2023
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Thank you so much for your support! We are very happy that you enjoyed your tour experience.
Written 8 April 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Experience781527
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We participated in a nature talk and then a brief walk around to the enclosures.
The wolves were lovely and beautiful, and I learned a lot about wolf conservation. I would absolutely recommend to others. Staring into those golden eyes of these majestic creatures is something I am likely to never forget.
Written 28 January 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the tour and the support!
Written 8 April 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jenn B
Springfield, OR1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
Wolves are great...but if you want to volunteer here, you had better not mind being insulted, taken for granted, expected to work long hours (some volunteers work 10 hours a day there) with little to no breaks. My guy just came back from there tonight after only three days of service there (mind you, he drove two hours each way to offer his services there). Lois who runs the facility treats her volunteers like crap and they just mainly deal with it because they love the wolves. From what he described, it seems she coerces volunteers to stay long hours, and if they refuse she throws a fit. He heard her insulting one of the volunteers' behind her back, and he overheard her insulting him tonight, without warrant, as she spoke to another of the volunteers...after that he just left to come back home. What's sad about situations like this is that these volunteers are donating their time, gas money, and labor and this is how they are paid.I have read up on many stories of volunteer abuse tonight, and I am so sad to say that unless Lois realizes that she needs to be kinder to the people that help her, then ultimately her wolves will suffer because she keeps driving people away who won't take her crap. Kudos to the volunteers that have stayed with her and just deal with it...Still, the situation there can be abusive--no one should have to "just deal with it"....So, go for the wolves, yes. But be wary of volunteering there...I certainly hope Lois reads this and comes to the realization that she needs to be as kind to the people who help her as she is to the wolves.
Written 4 July 2015
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Javier F
Fort Lauderdale, FL4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
First off it was 2.5 hour drive each way to get there and for the experience to be as terrible as it was I was pretty annoyed. The atmosphere is not inviting (with the exception of Lori), within 15 minutes we were already being pitched a monthly donation program. We saw the wolves for about 45 minutes all the while herded around while our questions were answered sarcastically and with contempt. The whole tour was a joke. It felt forced and that we were intruding, would have felt better just donating the entrance fee and not wasting a whole day of our vacation. 0/10 would recommend to anyone who values their time. Oh and the kicker, we were talked to about a logging company that has been working across from them or in the area for some years now and how they dislike them for what they do. So I go to throw my bottle of water away, THEY DONT RECYCLE, what kind of environmentalists/conservationists don't recycle????
Written 5 July 2015
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ORtravelingfam
Oregon13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
I would have given this place 5 stars, if not for Lois, the owner and director.
The wolves are ABSOLUTELY amazing, but there is an edge to Lois that borders on demeaning to her guests, and, perhaps, to her volunteers.
The problem this creates is this: The White Wolf Sanctuary so needs a steady stream of revenue and volunteerism, and, when folks see these amazing animals, they're inclined to help.
However, Lois comes across as a very intolerant person towards PEOPLE, the very ones w/the pocketbooks.
Here are a few examples:
1. She told one guy he should keep talking to the wolf if he was going to pet them (through the fence). He was, seemingly, a shy guy, so he wasn't doing much talking. She just said, "Ok, I told you to talk to her (the wolf), and you're not; so, back away, you're done." Why not model the behavior, or, do the talking for him?
2. She had clear instructions about NOT bringing your own dogs. However, she does give you an out by saying, if need be, you can leave your dogs in your car at the bottom of the hill.
We were renting a house that didn't let you leave your dogs there alone. After spending $250 to have 5 people visit the sanctuary, it wasn't in our budget to put the dogs in a kennel. So, when we met her and told her we had our dogs and needed to leave them in the car, she very bristly said, "I told you not to bring your dogs!"
Those are 2 examples of many. Her feeble attempts @ reconnecting with the very people she needs were, for the most part, too little, too late.
In conclusion, if you're in the area, PLEASE go to the White Wolf Sanctuary, for this diminishing species' sake. (There are only 250 Arctic Wolves left, when there once were 250,000)! But, expect the lady-in-charge to alienate.
Written 30 August 2016
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foran44
Portland, OR1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
We have read negative reviews from the past, but they are now all out dated and wrong. Laurie set up the tour visit and gave us the tour. She is absolutely amazing. It is clear she cares more about the wolves than anything else in the world. She is eager to educate and show you the wonderful sanctuary. I wish I lived closer to volunteer my time here. I encourage everyone to make this a priority stop and give a donation.
Written 5 December 2017
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Thank You!
Written 17 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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