Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Watch the bears forage for food, play in their ponds and with each other. Early morning and evening visitors may witness active wolf packs howling. Come nose to nose with otters while getting a complete understanding of the intricacies of the Yellowstone ecosystem in the River Otter Exhibit. Other activities include: Keeper Kid’s (hide food for the bears), Wolf Enrichment, Bird of Prey presentations, Safety in Bear Country Programs, Yellowstone Ranger talks, intriguing films and presentations. Explore Bears: Imagination & Reality, an interactive museum. Visit the Naturalist Cabin to see exceptional views of two separate wolf packs through floor-to-ceiling windows. Highlights are: daily “Pack Chats”, a National Geographic film on wolves and a life-sized wolf model. Activities and viewing both inside and out. Open 365 days (GWDC bears DO NOT hibernate). Admission is good for two consecutive days. One block from Yellowstone National Park.
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Peggy C
Oahu, HI77 contributions
Jun 2022
We visited during the afternoon, and had plenty of time to see all the animals and to enjoy a documentary movie in the museum area. We saw a super interesting movie about wolves and bison, which really set us up for enjoying Yellowstone even more when we later on went into the park. The bears that were out in the yard when we were visiting were Sam (he's enormous, what a character- didn't want to leave the yard as the sun was out and he was not in a hurry.) and then the two small sisters- Seely and Condi. They were pretty interesting to watch- they played with each other, splashed around, one of them was dancing around, the other was trying to climb a tree... Just pretty active. We also really liked watching the Uinta Ground Squirrels, and the otters were super fun. The wolves were regal, but mostly sleeping the whole time we were there (just like my dogs.).

For the price and the availability of docents to answer questions, I give this an excellent rating easily. There is a lot of passion invested in caring for these animals.
Written July 7, 2022
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Gregg D
50 contributions
Jun 2022
To tell you the truth, I did not want to go, but my family did and I obliged. I have seen a lot of wild bears in a lot of wild places and I am not all that fond of "zoos". However, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is a well maintained and tastefully presented animal viewing experience. The habitats are spacious and the animals that are on display are rotated to provide for exercise, comfort, and safety. I did not get the details on the wolves, but all of the bears that were there were either orphaned as cubs or became nuisance animals in the wild. There is a lot of information on wolves and grizzlies that can be learned by reading the well designed kiosks located throughout the center and by touring the visitor center that you pass through to enter the park. I also thought the admission price was fairly reasonable and they offer a lot of different discounts.
Written July 2, 2022
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dana9880
Moorestown, NJ118 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
This place was surprisingly great! We spent about 2 hrs here with our 7yr old after a morning at Yellowstone. Depending on how interested you are in the museum/history area you could definitely stay longer. The tickets are good for 2 days and were reasonably priced considering! The bears were awesome! We watched them eat and play in the water with each other. If you have young kids I recommend looking into the program they have where the kids get to hide food for the bears and they get special buttons etc. Seemed neat but it only happens 2x a day and we had just missed signing my son up for it.
The wolves weren’t super exciting. They just kind of hid/slept the whole time. We actually LOVED the ground squirrels section. There are tons of them and they were fun to watch go in and out of their burrow tunnels.
Written July 14, 2022
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Susan H
Tacoma, WA2,461 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
This place is great for learning more about grizzly bears and wolves. There is a lot of information posted and staff who will answer questions you might have. It was a bit tough to see the bears as their enclosure is being remodeled. Also the birds are not on display due to some kind of illness. With the construction and lack of birds to see I felt the price was a bit high at $15 per adult; although the fee does allow you to visit 2 consecutive days. The otters were great and our 4 year old grandson loved them!
Written June 17, 2022
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Tina T
Los Angeles, CA55 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
You have to stop by and check out the animals. The $15 admission is good for 2 (consecutive) days so plan accordingly, if needed. They also have an indoor theater and displays inside I’d like to go back in spring/summer when it’s probably a little more busy. The eagle and raptor exhibits were closed but the bears, river otters, cutthroat trout & wolves were all astonishing! They kept me busy and I was awe-struck since I’ve never seen a bear or wolf. Such majestic creatures and I’m thankful this place exists. Please donate, become a member or consider adopting if you can and visit when you’re in the area. You can also follow them on FB, IG or Twitter.
Written March 15, 2022
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carlos alfredo p
4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
After two days in the park we left Yellowstone disappointed with the lack of wildlife sightings. We had expected to remedy that by dedicating a full morning to the Lamar valley but the road was closed. We then headed to this gem of wildlife sanctuary and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Highlights are the grizzlies and the otters. The sanctuary offers a two day ticket at a very reasonable price
Written August 3, 2022
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David G
Santa Clarita, CA515 contributions
Jun 2021
We were visiting Yellowstone in June and the crowds were daunting to say the least. On one of our days there we decided to just visit the town of West Yellowstone and see the Grizzly and Wolves Discovery Center. It is extremely well done, and they explain how each animal there came under their care - generally because they were injured or incorrigible and not fit for living in the wild. The attendants were at each display and loaded with interesting information about the grizzlies and the wolves and we totally enjoyed our experience there!
Written July 7, 2021
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,346 contributions
Sep 2020
The GWDC offers just what it promises: a chance to see animals that you probably won't see in Yellowstone National Park, namely grizzlies and wolves. There are also owls, bald eagles, otters and squirrels (which hibernate most of the year), and a small museum area that provides extensive and interesting information about grizzly and black bears.

This is not a large wildlife park, and it would be hard to spend more than an hour or two here, and the $15 admission fee (many discounts are available) seems a bit steep for this. However, it's worth the visit, and the animals at the facility are wild animals that were injured or orphaned and would not have survived otherwise, so the GWDC is worth supporting for that reason, too.
Written October 3, 2020
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Nymph74
Northern Virginia, VA293 contributions
Jun 2022
The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center was bigger than we expected, and they're currently doing construction on a new area for the bears. We really enjoyed seeing the wolves up close. The birds on exhibit were interesting. Always a fun time to watch river otters splash and play in their exhibit! The bears were having a good time tearing up some coolers in their enclosure. We loved the fact that cooler and trash can manufacturers pair with the Center to see if their "bear proofing" works or not. The exhibit of everything the bears have torn up was really eye-opening!
Written September 30, 2022
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anna d
Lennox Head, Australia49 contributions
Feb 2020
This was our first experience to see the educational displays and exhibits at the centre. The animals are rotated to prevent them getting stale and bored. Some of the Grizzly bears were enormous and looked well cared for. The otter exhibit was amazing, we were able to get underwater views of them playing. There is rarely a chance to get to see wild animals up close but to even have warmed enclosures to do it in was terrific. We are from Australia so all the information was new to us. Very friendly staff there too. The ticket covers 2 days which is great especially when it was snowing and ultra cold.
Written February 15, 2020
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