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May 20, 2011

Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century and Wolves in Washington State

June 4 – September 5, 2011

Seattle -- Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century is a timely new exhibit that examines the wolf in the United States, in light of recent history and the economic and cultural factors that are shaping wolves' future.

North American wolf populations have declined since the arrival of European settlers, and in some regions, entirely disappeared. Under U.S. protection as endangered species, their numbers have increased, but human actions remain critical to their survival. Today, human intolerance is the greatest threat to wolves and their prey.

Featuring five full-sized wolf specimens from around the county, wolf audio, a live wolf-cam, and a hands-on learning area, the exhibit is further augmented by a display on Wolves in Washington State. The Burke-developed component examines wolves' unique history in our state, from their importance to Native cultures to the state's new management plan. After its launch in Seattle, Wolves in Washington State will tour around Washington State.

Wolves and Wild Lands takes a broader look at wolves across the country, examining issues and experiences from the Arctic to the American Southwest. Although the details vary across the continent, a consistent story emerges: humans determine the future of the wolf in North America. Some of the critical regional issues include:

  • In the Far North: Can wolves be hunted and their populations sustained?
  • In the Rocky Mountains: Will land development crowd wolves out?
  • In the Midwest: Can people change how they live to make living with wolves easier?
  • In the Southwest: When wolves prey upon livestock, who gets hurt, the rancher, the wolf, or both?

Wolves and Wild Lands is toured through the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis; it was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota and includes six mounted specimens—five wolves and one coyote—accompanied by images and interpretive text.

Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century will complement two other environmental exhibits at the Burke Museum: The Owl and the Woodpecker, which opened March 19, and a photographic display in the museum's meeting room, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Celebrating Fifty Years.

The Burke's presentation of Wolves and Wild Lands and Wolves in Washington State has been made possible by support from Tom and Sonya Campion, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation, Norcliffe Foundation, Quest for Truth Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Anonymous.

Thanks to our advisors on the exhibit: Conservation NW, North Cascades National Park, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Wolf Haven International.



The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays.

NOTE: New admission prices: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children 4 and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Association of Museums Accredited Museum.

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Jinkies Female Gray Wolf
Courtesy of Wolf Haven International/ Photo by Julie Lawrence Studio