Lakota Wolf Preserve in NJ is a private wildlife preserve and reservation for wolves, foxes, and bobcats. Owned and run by Jim Stein and Becky Mace, the preserve is located high on the ridge of the Kittatinny Mountains at the Camp Taylor Campground, which adjoins the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and is the largest in the Northeastern United States. Meaning ‘friend or alliance of friends,’ Lakota is a fitting name for the reserve, which is home to an array of bobcats, foxes, and wolves that Jim and Becky have raised and cared for. Lakota Wolf Preserve allows visitors the opportunity to see wolves in their natural habitat on wolf watches and educational tours which explore the social structure, eating habits and interactions with humans of wolves.
Lakota Wolf Preserve was established by wildlife photographer Dan Bacon in 1997 when he needed to relocate the 15 wolves he had been caring for since they were pups. The Preserve was built in the dense woodlands of Kittatinny and with the help of his partner Jim Stein, developed the reserve to become the one of the largest in the Northeastern United States. Today, the Lakota Wolf Preserve is home to 21 wolves, three bobcats, and two foxes.
Educational Wolf Tours
Lakota Wolf Preserve can only be visited on guided Educational Wolf Tours andWolf Watch tours, which are led by owner Jim Stein and Becky Mace. Tours begin the observation area in the center of the preserve, which can be reached by taking a scenic stroll along the half-mile nature walk from the car park or short shuttle bus ride. Once at the observation area, visitors are surrounded by four packs of British Columbian, Timber, and Arctic wolves where they can experience the natural behavior of the animals, as well as learn more about wolf pack’s social structure, their interactions with human beings, their distinctive eating habits, and other interesting facts.
Visitors will also have the chance to see and experience foxes and bobcats, which also call the Preserve their home. Each Wolf Watch tour is approximately 60-75 minutes long, and appointments for Wolf Watch Tours need to be made in advance for weekday trips, while no appointments are necessary for Saturday or Sunday visits.
Wildlife and Wolf Photography
Professional and amateur photographers can enjoy privately guided photography or video sessions at the Reserve and have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph Arctic, Timber and British Columbian wolves in a natural and stress-free environment.
Lakota Wolf Preserve is located at Camp Taylor, 85 Mt. Pleasant Road in Columbia and is open Tuesday through Sunday, and closed Mondays. Wolf Watch Tours are only held at specific times, and bookings need to be made in advance.
89 Mt Pleasant Rd, Columbia, NJ 07832, Phone: 908-496-9244
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