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photo by Kim Francis

by Kim Francis



Wolf howls by wolves and humans were heard at the 2nd Annual Wolfstock held Sunday at the Wolf and Wildlife Refuge. About 300 attendees enjoyed vendors, musicians and a beer garden by Paradox Beer Company. Paradox had a special brew for the festival. Birds of Prey was a last minute cancellation. 

At 3:00 music stopped and an announcement made to “please be seated on a hillside, as the wolves would be brought out shortly.” They were asked not to stand, to stay quiet and not to try and touch the wolves. 2 wolves were brought out. Bella (a Siberian Husky and Gray Wolf mix) and Keyni (a British Colombian Tundra and Gray Wolf mix). After a short talk by founder Darlene Kokobel the wolves were brought out. Eventually they were brought into the audience to mingle. 

All the bands volunteered to play for free. The $30.00 admission was earmarked to fund their fire mitigation efforts.
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There are 19 wolves, 7 foxes, 4 Coyote, 2 mini-burros, chickens, 2 horses and 1 mini-horse that call the Center home. Summer tours hours are Tuesday through Sunday. Tour times are 10 am, noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm. There is no 6 pm tour on Thursdays. Closed on Mondays. 

Reservations are required during the summer. Maximum group size is 40 people. Approximately 40,000 people visit the center annually. Visit their website:www.wolfeducation.org for more information. From Colorado Springs take Hwy 24 west through Divide, CO. Turn Left on Twin Rocks Rd. Travel approximately 3 miles to the main entrance. It will be on the right side of the road.