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Wolf Conservation Center Mourns Endangered Red Wolf

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Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share tragic news about a special mom. Red wolf F1563, affectionately nicknamed “Salty,” passed away Saturday. She celebrated her 9th birthday on March 26th.  Her cause of death remains unknown, the necropsy (autopsy for animals) was inconclusive.

The beautiful matriarch was the ultimate teacher- leading both her brood and those who she unknowingly inspired with strength and grace. She blazed into our homes and hearts via webcam – opening the door to understanding the highly social nature of wolves, the benefits of cooperative living, the importance of her endangered kin, and our efforts to recover them. Her great gift in her life was calling our attention to the things that really matter for wolves – work, love, patience and family. 

We can be better and do better because she lived. Her vibrant and tenacious spirit will empower us to continue the fight to safeguard the wild legacy she leaves behind.

Our hearts go out to her family and the many who she had unknowingly touched. 

RIP, sweet Salty. We miss you already.

Thank you for your support,

Maggie Howell, Wolf Conservation Center Director