Aww no bby! ♥
I can imagine an animal resque facility isn’t the perfect spot for you to start, since they most of the time are extremely busy and are having an enormously hard time to maintain themselves. They most likely very often get similar requests from people, and since it doesn’t directly benefits their facility, they are compelled to say no - especially because people often aren’t very serious and dedicated. Still, that absolutely doesn’t justify his rudeness. I’m very sorry to hear he treated you that way.
If this really is the only place for you to see/study wolves, maybe you can propose a plan of you doing voluntary work for them and in exchange they can teach you something on wolves or whatever you’d want. This way you show you are serious about your goal and they will probably not write you off immediately.
If this doesn’t work, you could still go to one of their educational days and approach and talk to different people from the organisation there.
I know how you feel - I live in The Netherlands, there haven’t been any wild wolves here for over 150 years and there are no wolf centers or sanctuaries. I too have nowhere to start getting “serious” about my passion for wolves without any degrees in biology or whatsoever. But please don’t give up with just one setback. There are many practicable ways ahead, I promise! If there are wolf centers, parks or sanctuaries close to where you live (or in another country?), maybe you can visit, volunteer or even internship there - much better options than this one rescue facility. I know there are a lot of options to do so in Europe!
To answer your questions whether all people who work in the wolf science field in general see people like us as "wolfaboos"; definitely not! Although I can understand (note: understand, not agree) the outlook of the man you spoke with. The wolf is the animal that we people have the most extreme and divergent feelings for. People are rarely neutral on the issue - we either deeply hate it or intensely love the wolf. We all like to interfere with its future and we have very strong opinions on that. A lot of people tend to feel like they know what’s best for the wolf, despite their huge lack of knowledge on the wolf (and/or wildlife in general). Their interference and meddling on this issue has been a pain in the ass of wolf scientists for a long, long time - especially because wolf scientists often have to listen to what the public wants, while the public doens’t know at all what’s best for the wolf. It’s understandable they’re fed up with that.
Long story short: I think some people who work in the wolf science field are a bit wary and at first assume you’re one of those meddling people who think they know better, or a “wolfaboo” who thinks working with wolves means cuddling with them 24/7. I bet that when you show them you are determined and prove them wrong on this, they’ll be happy to share their knowledge with you!
I hope you’re a little calmed down by now and realised that guy was just a douchebag that’s not worthy of your time and see that this is not the end of the world. Don’t let them get you! Big wolf hugs xxxx