Wolves are built to withstand extremely cold temperatures, but summer heat can be a challenge. Wolves (like dogs) will stay cool by panting to evaporate heat and moisture off their tongue. Panting is especially effective for wolves. A wolf’s elongated muzzle and the shape of the inner nose ensure optimal oxygenation and an efficient cooling system. Wolves also alter their patterns of activity, staying hunkered down during the hottest times of day.
Please join the Wolf Conservation Center in celebrating the birth of four critically endangered Mexican gray wolf pups and their role in recovering their rare and at-risk species!
All gifts (up to $10,000) made TODAY will be matched 1-to-1 through a generous gift from WCC Board President Martha Handler.
Please help us to meet this match!
Bonus: all donors of $50 and more will receive a 5 x 7 copy of a photo of f1505 (nicknamed “Trumpet” for her loud wolf pup squeals)
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Mexican gray wolf F1143 (affectionately nicknamed Rosa) gave birth to an adorable baby girl on May 4th. Three weeks later, F1226 (a.k.a. Belle) welcomed her adorable threesome to the world. Beyond being cute, the pocket-sized predators represent the WCC’s active participation in an effort to save a species from extinction.
The WCC is one of 54 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico participating in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan, a bi-national initiative whose primary purpose is to support the reestablishment of Mexican wolves in the wild through captive breeding, public education, and research.
The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only a handful remaining in captivity. In 1998 the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Today in the U.S., there is a single wild population comprising only 97 individuals – a decrease from 110 counted at the end of 2014.
Meet Ben Zino from Salisbury, North Carolina. When the West Rowan High School Sophomore learned that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the very agency charged by federal law with protecting endangered species, is walking away from recovering the last wild population of critically endangered red wolves, Ben had questions. He submitted a two-page report inquiring about the future of the red wolf recovery program in North Carolina, but never received a reply.
He was thus compelled to roll up his sleeves and start his own petition on Change.org and successfully collected over 120,000 signatures!This being said, Ben feels that most of the public, even in North Carolina, still doesn’t even know what a red wolf is. So he made this video.
Thank you, Ben! You exemplify the amazing potential of your generation to make this world a better place!
Add your name to Ben’s petition HERE.
Learn more about the contemporary threats wild red wolves face today HERE.
The red wolf is one of the world’s most endangered wild canids. Once common throughout the southeastern United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the 1960s due to intensive predator control programs and loss of habitat. A remnant population of red wolves was found along the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana. After being declared an endangered species in 1973, efforts were initiated to locate and capture as many wild red wolves as possible. Of the 17 remaining wolves captured by biologists, 14 became the founders of a successful captive breeding program. Consequently, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service declared red wolves extinct in the wild in 1980.
By 1987, enough red wolves were bred in captivity to begin a restoration program on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina. Today an estimated 45 red wolves roam the wilds of northeastern North Carolina.