Wolf Haven International is committed to advancing knowledge about wolves. From dispelling misinformation surrounding wolves to the false impression that they make good pets, Wolf Haven promotes understanding of this often misunderstood keystone predator.

Species Survival Plans

A Species Survival Plan (SSP) is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), as well as non-AZA participants (like Wolf Haven). An SSP program is designed to oversee the population management of an endangered species in captivity and to enhance their conservation in the wild. The program was developed in 1981 to help ensure the survival of selected species, most of which are threatened or in danger of extinction in the wild.

Wolf Haven International participates in two separate Species Survival Plan programs for critically endangered wolves: the Mexican gray wolf SSP and the Red wolf SSP.


Visitors to Wolf Haven are often surprised to learn that the sanctuary is located on 36 acres of native prairie and Mima Mound habitat. The prairie on our grounds is considered to be a showcase prairie: it has high butterfly and moth species diversity and is a restoration site for the rare Mazama pocket gopher and endangered Golden Paintbrush plant. While we are known for our work in wolf conservation, we are committed to involvement in other conservation opportunities when they arise. The quarter-mile walking loop and signage through our prairie offers visitors an ideal opportunity to explore and learn about this unique area.