Month: June 2019

Pupdate: Mexican Gray Wolf Pups Turn Two Months Old

June 21, 2019

Tiny. Tough. Officially two months old! The Mexican gray wolf pups born on April 26 to parents Trumpet and Lighthawk are celebrating their eight week birthday! In between napping and eating (a LOT!), the pups are romping, playing, biting, and tackling one another. Beyond being great fun for the siblings, the pups are sharpening important…

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Global Audience Joins Health Check for Endangered Wolf Pups Via Facebook Live Video

June 20, 2019

On April 26, Mexican gray wolf parents Trumpet (F1505) and Lighthawk (M1564) welcomed their second litter! Beyond being adorable, the pups represent the Wolf Conservation Center’s active participation in the effort to save a species on the brink of extinction. Under Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) protocols, captive born pups must be checked during…

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Unforgettable Eastern Wolf Encounter

June 18, 2019

According to Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources, this lanky 3-year-old female is F1737. Eastern wolves, recently renamed “Algonquin wolves”, were previously considered a subspecies of the gray wolf. Recent genomic research, however, tells us these rare wolves represent a distinct species more similar to the red wolf. Eastern wolves are classified as a “threatened” species.…

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Minnesota Wolf Pup: Too Cute to be Silent!

June 17, 2019

Enjoy the squeaky howls from this wolf pup living in Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota! (Sound on!) Participating in a howl is critical in a wolf pup’s development. Pups might first begin to squeak out un-solicited howls at just a couple of weeks old. But once their ears open and hearing improves at around one…

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Wishing All the Dads a Happy Father’s Day

June 16, 2019

Beyond their ecological importance as critical keystone predators, wolves are also really patient, generous, and loving dads. Feat. red wolves Jack and his son from 2018.

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One Month Left to Oppose Gray Wolf Delisting Plan

June 15, 2019

In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) formally announced its plan to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states. Wolves once ranged across most of North America, a vital part of many varied ecosystems. But an unremitting slaughter by humans brought wolves to the brink of…

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Wolf Dad Grows Grumpy Around Relentless and Adorable Pups

June 14, 2019

Dad. Dad. Dad. Dad. Daddy. Dad. Dad. Dad. Dad. Dad. Dad. DADDY!? This is what fatherhood looks like for wolves too. Is Mexican gray wolf Lighthawk being a grumpy dad? Perhaps; raising 7 kiddos is hard work and requires a lot of patience. Beyond his potential irritability, however, Lighthawk is fulfilling his parental obligations by…

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Study Offers New Take on Early Dog-human Relationship

June 13, 2019

Scientists are still debating when and where dogs were domesticated, but there’s one thing most of them agree on: Early canines were working animals. Archaeologists have often pointed to an aberration in the spines of many ancient canines, which researchers assumed resulted from hauling heavy loads. A new paper, however, reveals that humans didn’t necessarily…

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Potbellied Wolf Pup Fights the Zzzz.

June 9, 2019

Your moment of critically endangered cuteness! This adorable one-month-old Mexican gray wolf pup (born on April 26, 2019) represents the Wolf Conservation Center’s active participation in the effort to save her species from extinction. The WCC is one of a network of facilities participating in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan – a bi-national initiative…

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Twentieth Anniversary Gala: Strong, Wild, and Incredibly Successful!

June 6, 2019

You did it! Howls of thanks to the Wolf Conservation Center supporters who attended our fundraiser to celebrate the Center’s 20th anniversary and to honor the President of our Board of Directors, Martha Handler. Thanks to the generosity of event attendees, sponsors, and YOU, the WCC is able to continue our mission to protect and…

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