A different type of holiday boutique will be hosted Saturday at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka. Planned as a fun fundraiser for the animals protected at the center, it is the largest sales event the staff offers each year.
Complimentary beverages and holiday cookies are available as shoppers browse the gift shop for one-of-a-kind items for animal lovers.
Pamela Braasch, the center's education director, said they also will offer tours for a discounted rate of $5 per person. Tours start at 10 a.m. and will continue on the hour until 2 p.m.
"Get your picture taken with 'Santa Claws' — Lobo, our mascot — and take home a lasting memory," Braasch said.
She said membership opportunities to the center make perfect Christmas gifts.
Reservations are not required for the tours.
Since the Endangered Wolf Center opened in 1971, it has been the birth place of more than 170 Mexican Gray Wolves. On May 1 this year, six Mexican Gray Wolf puppies were born at the center to the parents, Abby and Perkins. To see exclusive footage of the puppies, click here.
The center was founded by worldwide recognized zoologist Dr. Marlin Perkins, his wife Carol, and a group of individuals who together addressed the plight of endangered wolves. It is located on 63 isolated, wooded acres within Washington University's Tyson Research Center.
In addition to Red and Mexican Gray Wolves, the center and tour also includes some of the world's most endangered canids: Maned Wolves from South America, African Wild Dogs from Central and South Africa, and Swift Fox, which are the smallest canids in North America.
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