I sponsored Wotan back in June, and had my first sponsor visit this past weekened. THIS WAS OUTSTANDING. This experience went way beyond my expectations.
My wife traveled with me from MI. It was a 2.25 hour drive, but the drive way easy, and my wife loved traveling through all the small towns.
There was another sponsor this day also. We spent about 45 min watching the safetly presentation, as this my first visit. My wife also found this facinating. We got very lucky, as it was a cool day, and were told, that this should make the wolves very interactive.
Once done, we had a few min before Monty arrived (as I arranged in advance for pictures-price is $50). So, we sat outside the main pack pen, and watched the wolves arrive. Once Marty arrived, we were let in. Not only did I meet Wotan, but I also met Ruedi and Dharma. This was amazing! My wife took tons of pics from behind the fence, but I can not wait until Marty CDs arrive with his pics. He was up to 1500 pics by the end of the day, and if he is able to send a few 100, I should get some great pics to blow up and frame. We were in this area for quite a while before moving on. The other sponsor was sponsoring an east lake wolf, so I got to tag along also on that visit
We walked to the other side of the park, and the 3 wolves plus Wolfgang tagged along inside the fence. We had some time on the other side, as they had to move some wolves around for our visit. So, we got to see the 2 foxes, 1 coyotee, and the 5 puppies (who are not so small anymore). We also saw every other wolf on the property (through their fence) as we were waiting for our visit with Tristan and Kailani. This second visit was also outstanding, as I had great interactions. My wife had a great time also watching me, as she was also able to chat with the staff and garner a great deal of education about the park. We also stopped in the gift shop and she bought a shirt.
I ended up spending about an hour and a half total, for the whole experience. The staff was extemely nice and friendly and knowledgable. The wolves were amazing. I plan to go back in November when the wolves have their full coast for more pictures.
And next year, when my sponsorship ends, I will be signing up again.
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