Just got email tonight that Dr. Erich Klinghammer, the founder of Wolf Park, died Oct. 6.
I can't say I knew him personally, though I did hear him speak several times in my visits to the park, and I believe I spoke to him one on one a time or two and shook his hand. I know the place he built, starting by himself on his own land, and the team he put together, though. Wolf Park's pioneering research on captive wolves is a major foundation of our understanding of wolves today. Scientific observation and research continue to this day, though the park mainly focuses on education and outreach today, and people come from all over the world for the opportunities it offers to learn about these magnificent animals.
Dr. Klinghammer's name may not be known to very many, but he made more of a mark on the world than most of us can hope to.