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Radio Disney at Wolf Park, July 12

July 11, 2014 Leave a comment
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Wolf Park. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Denise Pearson
Wolf Park
http://www.wolfpark.org/

Radio Disney is coming to Wolf Park this weekend. Tickets are on sale now for only $10 per person! You don’t want to miss this concert in the park! Radio Disney Indianapolis, part of the #1 radio network for kids, tweens and families is coming to Wolf Park for “Disney in the Park” on Saturday, July 12, 2014.

The Radio Disney Indianapolis Road Crew will be onsite during the event to provide fun, interactive entertainment, the hottest music from today’s biggest stars and cool prizes and giveaways, including a silent auction for a four-ticket prize package to Disney World. Tickets are available online now.

All pre-registered guests will receive an armband to get into the event, get a guided tour of Wolf Park, and come as our guest to Howl Night! The winner of the silent auction will be announced at 4 pm!

Will the wolves ‘sing’ along? You have to be here to find out! Advance tickets on sale now through July 11 for only $10. Get your tickets today at www.wolfpark.org!!

Advanced Tickets Online or in the Gift Shop $10 All Ages
Tickets at the door the day of the event $20 All Ages
All Ticket Sales Final (No Refunds)
No Rain Date

Wolf Park is located at 4004 E County Road 800 North, Battle Ground, Indiana, in Tippecanoe County. For more information, visit http://wolfpark.org/, or call 765-567-2265.

Wolf Park ‘Birthday Party for the Wolves,’ May 3

April 18, 2014 Leave a comment
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Wolf Park Birthday Party. Photo provided by Wolf Park and used with written permission.

By Denise Pearson
Wolf Park
http://wolfpark.org/

Support Wolf Park and its efforts for research, education, and conservation. A $25 donation gets donors a photo of their favorite animal enjoying their birthday treat.

Join Wolf Park in a birthday celebration for all of our canids. The Wolf Park staff will give the animals their special birthday cakes and you a piece of birthday cake on May 3, 2014. Wolf Park will be open for walking tours 1-5 pm, and the animals will receive their cakes at 2 pm.

Wild canids are all born in April or May due to the timing of their annual breeding season. Hence, all of their birthdays are celebrated together.

Open Hours: Wolf Park is open Saturdays in April, 1-5 pm for walking tours. Wolf Park’s open season begins May 1 when we will offer guided tours Tuesday through Sunday from 1-5 pm.

Howl Night is offered every Saturday night year round at 7:30 pm. Friday Nights during the open season only at 7:30 pm.

Wolf Park is located at 4004 E County Rd 800 North near Battle Ground in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children 6 -13, children five and under and Wolf Park Members are always free. For more information call 765-567-2265 weekdays. General park information can be found online at http://wolfpark.org/.

A Visit to Wolf Park in Tippecanoe County

July 28, 2013 Leave a comment
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Wolf Park. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC
http://www.aroundindy.com/

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: Wolf Park provided free admission in exchange for the promotional consideration.

Last year I took my granddaughter to the Indiana State Fair. We were over on the north side of the fairgrounds when we passed a vendor’s tent loaded with T-shirts, leather gear, and so forth. While browsing in this vendor’s tent, my granddaughter found a beautiful T-shirt depicting pictures of wolves. I found out that day how much she loves wolves (I had no idea previously). Of course, she got to take that T-shirt home with her. That’s what grandparents are good for, eh?

Fiona at Wolf Park.

This is Fiona, one of the gray wolves at Wolf Park (also known as timber wolves).

Ever since, she has patiently awaited the day that she could visit the wolves at Wolf Park near Lafayette, Indiana. I had no idea we even had such an attraction in Indiana until about 2-3 years ago when a mutual acquaintance in Tippecanoe County put me in contact with the publicity manager at Wolf Park. Ever since, she has sent press releases and news articles that I’ve published on our Web site and here in our WordPress blog. But I’d never visited, simply because it’s not on my beaten path.

Finally I got some time last Friday, and so away we went for the 95-mile drive with my daughter and granddaughter and her best friend to see the wolves at Wolf Park, 4004 East County Road 800 North, Battle Ground, Indiana. What a cool experience! Simple pleasures are the best.

Wolf Park offers Howl Night every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm during the summer (Saturdays only year round). I knew we were in for a treat when we pulled up to the main gate about 7 pm. Gates open at 7:15 pm. While waiting in a line of cars at the gate, two small fawns (deer) ran across the road in front of our car and scampered across the adjacent corn field, pausing periodically to check out the visitors. Immediately we were hooked.

When the gates opened, we drove into the parking lot and parked directly in front of the gift shop, which also serves as the entrance and exit to the compound. Upon entering the compound, we found the bleachers and viewing area for the wolf enclosure, the living areas for the foxes and coyotes, a small farm pond, and an idyllic setting in a natural habitat. So close to home, yet so different from the concrete jungle of the big city!

I was privileged to be allowed to shoot photographs from an open window in a building adjacent to the bleachers. This enabled me to get some pretty good shots of the wolves without having to shoot through the chain link fence (see photos below). I wish I could have gotten some shots of the cute baby foxes that are only a few weeks old, but the pictures I took through the fence were no good. My apologies.

Wolf Park kind of reminded me of a visit to the dolphins pavilion at the Indianapolis Zoo. You know how that goes: the animals go through their paces while the staff members explain the history and habits of the animals to the audience. That’s the setup for Howl Night at Wolf Park, too. The staff members took a number of questions from the audience and amply demonstrated their experience, knowledge and understanding of the wolves. It was interesting and educational. Example: “What do the wolves eat?” Answer: Primarily some 300 deer carcasses collected annually from the local area!

On this evening, the wolves in the main enclosure weren’t particularly in a howling mood, apparently, but the best and most interesting part of the evening came when the audience of some 150-200 people was instructed on how to get the wolves to howl. And then, as the audience howled in unison, we heard the coyotes and wolves replying from a distance in other parts of the park. That was pretty cool.

Your kids will enjoy it, I believe: they can get up within about five feet of the wolves, separated by two fences and a free zone. The gift shop has lots of items and souvenirs.

Wolf Park receives no government assistance and operates solely on the contributions, donations and purchases of its members and visitors. Admission is $8, children ages 6-13 are $6, and under 6 admitted free. From Indianapolis, take I-65 to Exit 178 just north of Lafayette, go east to County Road 900 East, then south to the railroad tracks. Turn right on the other side of the tracks and follow the signs to Wolf Park.

To cap off the day, while headed home, we stopped at the Whitestown exit (I-65 Exit 130) for the call of Mother Nature about 10:15 pm. Upon re-entering the highway, a coyote ran across the southbound onramp right in front of our car! I haven’t seen a wild coyote in ages, but we had just been discussing this very topic a couple of hours earlier at the park. For the girls it was the perfect ending to an enjoyable evening.

For more information, visit http://wolfpark.org/, or call 765-567-2265.

Entrance to Wolf Park.

Entrance to Wolf Park.

Walkin' with the Wolves

Walkin’ with the Wolves at Wolf Park in Tippecanoe County.

Kissed by a wolf

Many women might say they’ve been kissed by a wolf, but THIS???

Bicho at Wolf Park

This is Bicho, one of the gray wolves at Wolf Park.

Closeup with the wolves

As you can see, you can get pretty close to the wolves at Wolf Park.

ABOVE: All photos Copyright (c) 2013, AroundIndy.com, LLC. All rights reserved.

Watermelon Party for the Wolves, July 6

June 27, 2013 Leave a comment
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Photo provided by the venue and used with written permission.

By Denise Pearson
Wolf Park
http://wolfpark.org/

Wolf Park is having its 13th annual Watermelon for Wolves Party!  Join us at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 6, 2013, when we will give each wolf, fox and coyote his or her very own cold watermelon, stuffed with treats such as pig ears, cheese, and dog biscuits. Visitors are invited to watch as each animal enjoys their summery treat. See the new fox kits.

Our wolves really enjoy receiving their watermelons.  Unique treats provide environmental enrichment, giving our critters something to roll on, stuff their noses in, paw, lick, chew, scent-mark, and defend.  This year our fox kits will also get to enjoy watermelons— their first ever.

We have an extra treat for the humans — Gibson’s Shaved Ice will be here with flavored ice treats for just $1.  Visitors and wolves can both cool off and enjoy their day.  Gibson’s Shaved Ice will kindly share the proceeds with Wolf Park!

Want to help support Wolf Park’s efforts to cool off the wolves, and to do our important educational work?  Tell our critters you think they’re special by giving a donation for a nice, full, stuffed watermelon complete with pig ears and “snausages”. For our summer watermelon fundraiser, in return for your $25 donation we will send you a photo of the animal of your choice enjoying their watermelon.   See details online at www.wolfpark.org

General Admission: $8 adults, $6 kids age 6-13, kids 5 and under and Wolf Park Members are always free.

For more information call 765-567-2265 or visit our Web site at www.wolfpark.org.

Wolf Park Birthday Party in Tippecanoe County, Apr. 20

April 15, 2013 Leave a comment
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Photo provided by the venue and used with written permission.

By Denise Pearson
Wolf Park
http://www.wolfpark.org/

Join Wolf Park in a birthday celebration for all 16 of our canids on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Wolf Park staff will give the animals their special birthday cakes and you a piece of birthday cake on April 20. Wolf Park will be open for walking tours 1-5 pm, and the animals will receive their cakes at 2 pm. Wild canids are all born in April or May due to the timing of their annual breeding season—hence all of their birthdays are celebrated together.

This is also an opportunity to support Wolf Park and its efforts for research, education, and conservation. Just a $25 donation gets donors a photo of their favorite animal enjoying their birthday treat.

CANINE BIRTHDAYS: April: 2nd- Willow (coyote) , 3rd- Twister (coyote), 6th– Bicho, Kanti, and Fiona, 9th- Miska, 10th- Chetan, 12th- Renki, Ayla & Kailani, 13th- Wolfgang & Wotan, 18th—Devon (fox) 20th- Marion and Ember (fox), 27th- Dharma.

Open Hours: Wolf Park is open Saturdays in April, 1-5 PM for walking tours. Wolf Park’s open season begins May 1 when we will offer guided tours Tuesday through Sunday from 1-5 pm.

Howl Night is offered every Saturday night year round at 7:30pm.  Friday Nights during the open season only at 7:30 pm.

General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children 6 –13, children five and under and Wolf Park Members are always free.  For more information call 765-567-2265 weekdays.   General park information can be found on-line at wolfpark.org.