A stop at this place
fulfilled a promise we'd made the kids way back in Arizona
(which now seemed a forever ago).
We all thoroughly enjoyed this stop at a sanctuary for...
and educational center about...
these amazing animals.
Located in West Yellowstone,
The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
houses and cares for animals that cannot, for whatever reason, be rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
It was really cool to watch the bears forage, as they might in the wild, at dinner time...
turning over rocks, pulling away branches and searching high and low for food their keepers had hidden throughout their enclosure.
And the wolves were so much bigger than I thought, standing right there in front of you...
or right on the other side of a window, staring at you.
I'd never actually seen captive wolves up and moving around...
...nor had we seen captive bears frolic and play
as the animals at the Discovery Center did.
Eagles look very large when you see then soaring up in the sky.
They look enormous when they are perched at your eye level.
We hoped to see a bear or two while we were in Yellowstone -
from a safe distance, of course
(and there's more to that story, but that's also for another blog post) -
The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center sure beat a scarier, grizzlier alternative!