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“Great local trip w/7 & 9 yr old” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lakota Wolf Preserve

Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mount Pleasant Road, Columbia, NJ 07832
877-SEE-WOLF
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Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Philadelphia suburbs
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“Great local trip w/7 & 9 yr old”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This was a perfect Saturday afternoon activity for us before spring sports get started. To start, the kids enjoyed the half mile walk up the gravel road - nice way to stretch the legs. At the end of the road, there are chain link fences where you can see the wolves as you wait for the tour to begin. The whole area is wooded, with the wolf enclosures looking no different than the surrounding forest. Just to the right, the British Columbia wolves with the black coats were stunning to behold! And when Jim began the talk, we all were enthralled. Their love and respect for the wolves comes through, as well as their depth of knowledge. The handful of bobcats and foxes is a nice extra touch as well.

Make sure to record an audio of the wolves howling while you're there. And if you go in February like we did, bundle up! After an hour of standing and listening, the toes start to get cold! Even with that, I'd like to come again in the winter - it's a nice contrast to see the wolves on snow, and there is no understory to block the visuals.

Visited February 2013
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Sussex County, NJ
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“Interesting and can't wait to go back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

It is a shame how humans destroy mother nature. The wolves here are just beautiful! A great little tour to learn about these animals and how they live together. Just magnificent :-)

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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“Beautiful animals, wonderfully illuminating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

A great educational stop for children and adults alike! The preserve focuses on wolves, but also features bobcats and red foxes. The animals themselves are magnificent, and the preserve owners provide an illuminating narrative about everything related to the species. Your entrance fee helps to care for the animals, so you'll feel at least a little like being able to make a difference in preserving endangered species.

Visited December 2012
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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“Beautiful encounter of wildlife”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

This was excellent. Seeing the wolves up close, having a near personal tour, and learning so much about these magnificent animals was amazing for me and my family (husband and a baby). Our nine month old loved it; she obviously thought they were dogs and wanted to see them up close. The bobcats and foxes were cool too -- this was such a different experience from seeing these same animals in the zoo. There is something wild and almost magical about being there ( perhaps it's because we live in a big city), but we will definitely be returning again next year. Excellent value. The howling was unforgettable!

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Budd Lake, New Jersey
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“Informative personal tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We went there on the day before Hurricane Sandy would hit New Jersey. Since most people were busy stocking themselves up, we were the only visitors that day, we got a personal tour of the place. Jim who takes care of the wolves gave us the option of hiking upto the wolf preserve or taking their bus. We opted for the hike as it was a beautiful morning. I was surprised to see the wolves running about right by the fence! Jim met us there and gave as an informative tour of all the wolves they take care of, while throwing them sweet potato treats. Later another lady, I forgot her name, showed us the bobcats and red foxes too. They're friendly and I think they're doing a good job taking care of them. They were planning on housing them in their shelters during the storm and I hope they're doing well now.

Visited November 2012
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