The Speedwell Wolves, A Treasure Awaits
In the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch country, quietly secured on 80 plus acres of natural woodland, you will find the home of the Speedwell Wolves.

For over 30 years the Darlington Family has offered refuge to Wolves who have found themselves without a place in the natural world. It has been over a hundred years since the last wild Wolf was known to exist in Pennsylvania. Originally created as a private rescue, the Wolf Sanctuary of PA has grown into an educational facility. We are devoted to assuring the most comfortable and stimulating environments for our wolves. Here at Wolf Sanctuary of PA wolves and wolf hybrids are given back their dignity.

The Wolves of Speedwell hold a unique position as Ambassadors to the wild. It has been said that “the best wolf habitat resides in the human heart.” Perhaps it is also that the best habitat for our own wildness resides in the heart of the Wolf. The Sanctuary currently provides food, shelter and veterinary care for over forty Wolves with no government or corporate assistance. Only, by your continued support and interest do the Wolves thrive.

Interested in visiting us?

The only way to see the wolves is by a guided tour. Please visit our Tours and Events Page.

Wolf Sanctuary of PA - Tour Plans

Upcoming Events

November Full Moon Tour

Our November tour is always well attended as the weather is cooler and the wolves become more active.

The tour is on  November 28th and is known as the Beaver Moon.

Upcoming dates are:

  • December; Cold Moon – Closed for the holiday


We would like to recognize the Lancaster County Community Foundation and the Extraordinary Give campaign.

A special thanks goes to all those that contributed to the campaign.

Through the 2015 Extraordinary Give project, which ran for 24 hours on November 20th, 2015, our Non-Profit received 168 gifts totaling $8,300.

This is a big help that goes toward maintaining the health and welfare of the wolves. Your donations greatly help with the essentials of managing The Wolf Sanctuary of PA.

As a non-profit without a benefactor, your donations, gift shop purchases, visits and participation in various events, are the only means we have that help us maintain the heritage and survival of these beautiful and majestic animals. At the same time it helps us make sure your visit is or value and pleasurable, while still giving the wolves a good and healthy environment.

Thank you all for your participation.


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For the 2nd year in a row, TripAdvisor is delighted to recognize Wolf Sanctuary of PA with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award, which places you in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.

News and Wolf Information

Some dangerous legislation is going on in DC. The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act would endanger both the environment and the animals (including wolves) trying to live there. Some aspects of this act might encourage hunting and trapping. This could be devastating for the gray wolf and other large predators. One site you can visit to let …

We have received a request from noted wolf researcher Jay Mallonee to post a link to his petition to stop the unjustified killing and hunting of Montana’s wolves. There is plenty of scientific research which proves this killing is more about fear than facts. The lovely wolves of the world are so misunderstood. His scientific …

We frequently receive emails from visitors telling us about the wonderful experience they had while visiting the Wolf Sanctuary of PA. Recently we received just such a letter and some great photos and we wanted to share them with our site visitors.

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