As a result of the hard work and dedication of the entire staff at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center there are several new attractions for our visitors to enjoy during their Yellowstone vacation.
There are nine new wolves in residence at the Center. Three of the wolves came to the Center as pups, and are now yearlings. They are known as the Hoodoo Pack. The yearlings consist of two males and one female. The males are Bridger (who is named after mountain man Jim Bridger). The other male is Obsidian and he is named after the black volcanic glass that forms the Obsidian Cliff in Yellowstone. Their sister, the lone female, is named Shasta. She is named after the Shasta Pack which was the first wild wolf pack in California nearly a century ago. They have grown considerably since their arrival and they are full of energy and exciting to watch.
The other two new adult wolves are Sura and Lakota and they form the Fossil Butte Pack. They arrived at the center in September and the staff reports they have adjusted well to their environment. Sura, a ten year old female, has a dark grey coat. Lakota is a 14 year old male and he is almost completely white. This spring they bred and Sura gave birth to four pups.
There are also two female grizzly cubs now residing at the Center. Unfortunately, they arrived at the center after their mother, as well as the cubs, had become food-conditioned and broke into numerous human structures in search of food. Their mother had to euthanized but the cubs-of-the-year at the Center found a new home here in West Yellowstone. They are from the Seeley-Swan Valley which is located in northwestern Montana. They have been named Condi and Seeley and now yearlings. The caring staff at the Center has been acclimating the cubs to their new home and you are now able to see them on the bear habitat area.
It has taken ten years of design and construction, but the Banks of the Yellowstone riparian otter exhibit is now complete. May we offer a big “Thank You” to all who worked so hard to make this a reality. It features American river 0tters. Five otters, three males and two females, now call the center home. The males are Cliff, Wade (Cliff’s brother) and Clarke. The two females are Willow and Aspen. Watching them brings hours of fun and delight.
You will also see Yellowstone cutthroat trout as well as Arctic grayling aquariums along with reptile and amphibian displays.
As always, there are the adult grizzly bears to watch and enjoy.
Be sure to include the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center when you plan your itinerary to West Yellowstone or Yellowstone National Park. You will find hours of enjoyment and have the opportunity to fill your camera with a multitude of photos to remember your time at the Center.
The admission to the Center is a two day admission so you will have both days to enjoy all that this unique center has to offer.
Photos courtesy of the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.