Meet the 45th Anniversary Speakers

The 45th Anniversary Fundraiser Weekend is coming soon! April 22 and 23 are shaping up to be amazing days. We are delighted with the response we’ve gotten on our requests for donations and speakers. We have some incredible people lined up to talk wolves, dogs and Wolf Park’s history. Who will you see at Wolf Park this weekend? Check them out.neimeyer

Carter Niemeyer is a retired Wolf Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in Idaho. He assisted with the restoration of the grey wolf to the Northern Rockies region of the United States. He is the author of ‘Wolfer‘ and ‘Wolf Land’. Niemeyer will be speaking on Saturday afternoon and is our key-note speaker for the evening dinner.

burghardtGordon Burghardt is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee with a special interest in Comparative Behavior and Ethology. He is the author of ‘The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits’. Burghardt was a friend and colleague of Park founder, Erich Klinghammer. Burghardt will be speaking Saturday morning.



Ken McCort is the owner of ‘Four Paws’ training center in Doylestown, Ohio. He has been training animals full-time since 1986. He has done training seminars around the world and is very popular in Japan. McCort has been training with Wolf Park’s animals for decades and has hosting many interactive seminars here. McCort will be speaking on Sunday and demonstrating his training techniques with the coyotes.


Alan Beck is a Comparative Pathobiology professor and Director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University in Indiana. He is the author of numerous research articles. Beck will be speaking Saturday afternoon.



Adrian Wydeven is the coordinator of the Timber Wolf Alliance, a retired wildlife biologist for the Wisconsin DNR and the coauthor of ‘Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region of the United States: An Endangered Species Success Story’. Wydeven will be conducting two different talks on Saturday and Sunday.

Check out our Schedule of Events page for speaking engagement times and more exciting activities! We’re still adding things as more people and performers confirm their interest so keep checking back. We can’t wait to see all of you there!

Animal Updates
Timber is looking very round! We still have a few weeks before we can expect to see puppies but we’re watching 17619276_10154445317642514_575188154_nclosely. During the last photo seminar, Wotan went into ‘daddy-mode’ and began bringing her food. Whether or not he’s the father, he’s playing the part of good provider. We’ll continue to post as we get closer to the big day!

Meanwhile, Scarlette is preparing for her own kits. She isn’t pregnant, but animals will often go through a ‘false-pregnancy’ at this time of year in which they will prepare for babies, even if they never arrive. Scarlette is hard at work on her den. Joker has been helpfully feeding her anything she might want, even when she’d rather sleep.

Upcoming Events
April 8: Easter Party: Help us hide eggs for wolf treats, then enjoy egg hunts for the kids. Festivities begin at 2pm. Kids are free today!
April 20 – 23: Our big fundraiser weekend and 45th Anniversary! Join us and help support Wolf Park’s 45th Season.
May 6: Happy Birthday Animals of Wolf Park! This year, all the animals will receive… Piñatas! Donate HERE to receive a picture of a wolf with their treat.


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