Even though the wolf has not abundantly inhabited New Jersey for a century, here at the Lakota Wolf Preserve, wolves can be seen in their natural surroundings, where they are protected, preserved, respected and so importantly NOT FEARED!
The preserve began when Wildlife photographer Dan Bacon allowed his professional relationship with wolves to become personal. Living in Colorado, he was unable to care for the 15 pups he's adopted, and his journey back home to New Jersey with the wolves in tow began. The Lakota Wolf Preserve is home to a small number of adults, pups, bobcats and foxes.
When you arrive at the preserve, you will first see the observation area, where you can have an informal discussion with the people who raise and care for the wolves who live there. Learn about their eating habits, social structure, why man has feared them for so long, and really educate yourself about the true facts of these magnificent animals, and the tremendous impact their lives can have on ours. You can also watch the wolves play and interact with each other from this area.
If you are a serious photographer, you can take the opportunity of a lifetime and go on a guided photography session around each of the wolf compounds where you will take unobstructed pictures of the wolves in their natural settings. Reservations for the photography sessions are required.
You can help take care of these magnificent creatures by becoming a sponsor, this will assist with the care, feeding and medical needs of the wolves.
The Wolf Watch programs are presented twice daily: Summer Hours (Daylight Savings) - 10:30 and 4:00, Fall & Winter (Standard Time) - 10:30 and 3:00. Please note that there are only two times during the day to view the wolves. The preserve is closed on Mondays. No appointment needed for Saturdays and Sundays for individuals and families. Any group must have an appointment even on weekends. Fees are minimal.