Steeped in myth, the wolf has become a misunderstood predator and too often evokes fear. By providing science-based information, the Wolf Conservation Center allows wolves and humans to better coexist in our fragile environment, improve our efforts to successfully restore endangered wolves to their ancestral homes in the wild, and offer direct exposure to an elusive predator people might not ever see in the wild. The WCC Ambassador wolves Atka, Zephyr, and Alawa help us fulfill our education mission and open the door to understanding. All three wolves inspire our guests onsite in South Salem, NY, and Atka, the only Ambassador who travels, allows us to extend our educational message far beyond the gates of our facility. The demand for Atka continues to grow. In 2012 we extended 157 offsite education programs! National Geographic's Washington, DC headquarters was among the latest additions to his "territory."