Month: November 2015

A Wolf More Frolicsome than Fearsome

November 29, 2015

CAUTION Watch this video of 13-year-old Ambassador wolf Atka and your heart will be his. Atka is a captive-born Arctic gray wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization, in South Salem, NY. Atka is among the four ‘ambassador wolves’ at the WCC that help teach the public about wolves and their vital…

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Thankful for You

November 26, 2015

We want to wish a very happy holiday to all our friends, including visitors to the Center or those who know us from afar; all those who have donated time, energy and resources to us; and our dedicated volunteers. We have a lot to be thankful for because we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t…

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When It Comes to Wolves, It’s Feast or Famine

November 25, 2015

The term “feast or famine” refers to the diet of wolves and many other large predators. Prey isn’t always abundant, so wolves have a metabolism that helps them store fat and energy for long periods while prey is scarce. The most a large gray wolf can eat at one time is about 22 pounds. That…

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Wolves and the Public Trust

November 23, 2015

The wildlife in our country is owned by its citizens. This legal concept implies that we all share equal, undivided interests in our wild animals. The government holds wildlife in trust for our benefit and it is empowered to manage it for the public good. Thus, regardless of where we live, we all have the…

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Wolves Get Off On the Right Feet!

November 21, 2015

With blocky feet and long pliable toes that conform to uneven terrain, wolves are well adapted to long-distance travel. The paws of a wolf are large, almost the size of an adult human hand, and thus able to perform like snowshoes carrying wolves effortlessly atop the crusty layer of deep snow.

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My…What Big Teeth Wolves Have!

November 20, 2015

Wolves have 42 teeth. There are 20 teeth in the upper jaw (6 incisors, 2 canine, 8 premolars, and 4 molars), and 22 teeth in the lower jaw (6ncisors,2 canine, 8 premolars, and 6 molars). The canine teeth, or fangs, can be 2.5 inches long and are used for puncturing and gripping their prey. The…

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Let Wolves Continue To Recover

November 19, 2015

By Maggie Howell / Executive Director, Wolf Conservation CenterThursday, November 19th, 2015Originally published by Albuquerque Journal As representatives of facilities that breed endangered Mexican gray wolves in captivity in order to help re-establish this unique subspecies of the gray wolf in the wild, we urge the New Mexico Game Commission to allow the Ladder Ranch…

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Wolf Conservation Center Among Conservation Groups Calling for Veto of Extinction Riders

November 17, 2015

 Letter Asks President Obama to Reject Attacks on the Endangered Species Act The Wolf Conservation Center is among the 150 conservation groups that have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to oppose all policy “riders” that would undermine the Endangered Species Act during negotiations on final funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2016. Congressional…

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Why Do Wolves’ Eyes Glow In the Dark?

November 15, 2015

Eyes that glow in the pitch-black night make for many a scary tale. But why do wolves’ eyes glow in the dark? Wolves have a special light-reflecting surface right behind their retinas called the tapetum lucidum that helps animals see better in the dark. When light enters the eye, it’s supposed to hit a photoreceptor…

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Lady Howls the Blues

November 14, 2015

She never sings a song the same way twice… Alawa is a captive-born Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), a 501c3 non-profit environmental education organization, in South Salem, NY. She is one of the four ‘ambassador wolves’ at the WCC that help teach the public about wolves and their vital role…

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