Wild Canid Center

The Wild Canid Center (WCC), popularly known as the Wolf Sanctuary, was founded in 1971 by noted naturalist Dr. Marlin Perkins, his wife Carol, and a group of individuals concerned about the plight of canids. It is a private, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of the wolf and other endangered canids through education, research and captive breeding.

The Wild Canid Center is located on 63 isolated wooded acres within Washington University's Tyson Research Center approximately 20 miles southwest of St. Louis, Missouri. This small facility is the premier wolf conservation, education, reproduction and research center. The first facility in the United States to have a captive breeding program for both red and Mexican gray wolves, it remains, as per the United States Fish & Wildlife Service wolf recovery coordinators, "the cornerstone" of their programs.

The WCC is here to help inform and educate people about the plight of these amazing animals as well as promote the protection of the remaining wild wolves and their habitat.

Never does nature say one thing and Wisdom another.

Brink of Extinction
The wolf has a highly evolved family structure and an advanced system of communication. It is among the most intelligent of all living creatures. It is also in very real danger of vanishing from the face of the earth.

Only two centuries ago, thousands of wolves roamed freely throughout the world. As time passed, the encroachment of human civilization eroded the wolf's natural habitat. Myth, greed, fear and ignorance also led to massive, systematic slaughter of wolves.

Today, wild timber wolves roam free only in a handful of the lower 48 states. Efforts to promote recovery in selected national parks show much promise.

In 1987, a small group of red wolves, at that time extinct in the wild, was introduced into a wilderness habitat. This small but important first step was made possible through the efforts of the Wild Canid Center. Today a significant nucleus of red wolves roam free in the southeastern United States.

Another endangered wolf awaits its turn. Slightly more than 200 Mexican gray wolves exist in captivity today. In 1998, the Mexican gray wolf was released into the southwest.  Although the journey has been far from a success, the pilgrimage to their freedom remains top priority.  Fortunately, there is hope. The Wild Canid Center has been responsible for raising and supporting the major remnant of this population. You can make a difference in the future of these animals. Help them by becoming a Wild Canid Member or Adopting a wolf today.

(636) 938-5900  |  PO BOX 760, Eureka, MO 63025
  Bruce "el Lobo" Corey, Canyon Tough     

I just returned from a great trip to Saint Louis and wanted to share my experience at the Wild Canid Center with you...the highlight of the trip was a half day spent at the Wild Canid Center. This was one of the best mornings that I have ever spent, it touched my soul. I was given a "VIP" tour by Director "Mac" Sebald and volunteer PJ Harrison, both lovely people. I had goose bumbs when I heard howls that usually come at night. All the canids were extremely curious and I could see several of them peering at me from a distance. They demonstrated beauty, dignity and intelligence. They are all tough and hardy with keen survival skills but cannot survive guns, traps and poison.

The Wild Canid Center...is the premier captive breeding center in the world. The enclosures span acres so that these truly magnificent animals do not lose their ability to hunt, socialize and raise their pups. They are reversing the trend to EXTINCTION through: 
  • Captive breeding for the reintroduction of wild canids into appropriate wilderness areas
  • Establishment and maintenance of gene pools of selected species and subspecies
  • Providing educational programs and materials for use by the public and the conservationists of tomorrow
  • Contribution to data banks on captive canids throughout the world.
Canyon Tough is committed to assisting the WCC in meeting these objectives through education, support and ecotourism.