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Created 28-Apr-15
Modified 15-Sep-22
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CC founder Hélène Grimaud started the Wolf Conservation Center back in 1996 with three ambassador wolves, Apache, Lukas, and Kaila. Along with co-founder J. Henry Fair, Hélène was the teacher, the staff, the scheduler, etc... Visitors heard about the WCC through word of mouth, and were primarily from the local town or the surrounding Westchester, NY communities, and would call or email to schedule an informal visit. That all changed in 1999, when the WCC incorporated and brought on its first volunteer teachers, gala planners, and animal care assistants including Rebecca Bose (currently the WCC's on-staff curator), and shortly thereafter built the log cabin that currently serves as our classroom.
In 2002, Atka joined the WCC "pack" and brought in hundreds of new supporters at the WCC’s "Pup Fair." And in 2003 he made his first off-site appearance – launching the traveling education program that now reaches about 30,000 people every year.
2003 was the year the WCC joined the SSP program and launched a major campaign to acquire the additional 11 acres that now house the endangered wolf population so crucial to our active commitment to wolf species survival. It was also the year we hired our first paid Executive Director, who quickly brought on staff biologists (Maggie Howell and Spencer Wilhelm, the WCC Managing Director and Operations Manager). By 2008 we had a state-of-the-art website and registration system, 4+ employees, 30 wolves, and had welcomed our first pups (appropriately enough on Earth Day!).***

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