Want to sponsor a wolf?

  The nonprofit Wolf Education and Research Center, in Ketchum, Idaho, has begun a new program encouraging people to contribute directly to the annual costs of returning wolves to Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho. It supports logistical expenses, estimated at over $500,000, which include radio collars and tracking equipment as well as field operations. The center, whose 70,000 members make it the largest wolf-advocacy group in the world, plans to raise money through special projects such as its Friends of the Wolf cookbook, which contains recipes from celebrities such as Clint Eastwood and Dolly Parton. David Langhorst, director of the project, says the fund tries to make the connection "between the average citizen and the wolf biologist working in the field." Another program begun by the center involves children in 10 local schools, who are tracking the movements of some of the radio-collared wolves released in the West. The students from each school will share their findings with 10 other schools, including some in other countries. The center also plans to open a public facility on Nez Perce tribal land during the summer of 1995, which will include a captive wolf pack in a 20-acre enclosed setting. The center's advisory board includes Ed Bangs, coordinator of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's wolf operation, and wolf researcher David Mech. For more information, contact the Wolf Education and Research Center at Box 3832, Ketchum, ID 83340 (208/726-2860).