Month: May 2020

Why Do Wolves’ Eyes Glow in the Dark?

May 29, 2020

Have you ever wondered why a wolf’s eyes appear to “glow” in the dark? While it may seem spooky, this phenomenon is easily explained by science. Wolves have a special layer of reflective cells behind their retinas called the tapetum lucidum. The retroreflective nature of the tapetum lucidum causes it to reflect light back along…

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Mexican Gray Wolf Pups Across U.S. Receive Call of the Wild

May 28, 2020

Earlier this spring, 20 wolf pups from five different facilities across the U.S. were placed with wild Mexican gray wolf families through a process known as “cross-fostering.” Cross-fostering is a coordinated event where captive-born pups are introduced into a similar-aged wild litter to be raised by surrogate parents. This year’s efforts were carried out by…

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Creative Mobile Charity Event for the Wolf Conservation Center

May 25, 2020

Our friends at Creative Mobile launch “Save the Wolves” charity event in their mobile game ZooCraft: Animal Family. From May 28 to May 31, mobile gamers will have a special opportunity to support the Wolf Conservation Center. Anyone with ZooCraft: Animal Family installed on their phone can purchase a pair of red wolves along with…

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Cute Eastern Coyote Pup Reminds Us to Coexist

May 23, 2020

Spring means warmer weather, spots of sunshine, and cute coyote pups! The arrival of coyote pups and other newborn wildlife reminds us to be respectful and vigilant of wildlife around us. As you might expect from any animal with young offspring, coyotes will defend their dens from perceived threats. Sometimes, however, they misconstrue who is…

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Happy Birthday to Mexican Gray Wolves Nita, Jean, and Max

May 22, 2020

Three years ago today, Mexican gray wolf Belle gave birth to three daughters – each one essential, endangered, and extremely cute. The sisters, Max, Jean, and Nita, quickly became global favorites, as hundreds of thousands of people tuned in to watch the adorably curious wolves grow up under the watchful eyes of their parents and…

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Department of Interior Finalizes Rule Targeting Alaska’s Bears, Denning Wolves

May 21, 2020

The National Park Service, under the Department of the Interior, announced on Wednesday the approval of a finalized rule that reverses wildlife management regulations implemented for Alaska parks in 2015. The rule specifically targets Alaska’s iconic large predators. Under the final rule, national preserve lands managed by the National Park Service will allow: – Use…

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Wild Den: A Wolf Pup’s First Home

May 19, 2020

A wolf pup’s first home is typically a den; it’s where they’re born and where they generally remain during their first couple of months. Varying in size and design, a den is simply a cave or hole dug under a boulder, among tree roots, between rocks, or in the ground. Dens are often reused by…

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Celebrating Ambassador Wolf Atka and His Teachings

May 17, 2020

Eighteen years ago, the world’s most wonderful wolf was born. His name was Atka. Atka lived as everyone should – embracing every moment, finding joy in the world around him, and raising awareness for his endangered kin. Although his smiling face can now only be seen in photos, we feel Atka’s warmth every day. He…

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Endangered Species Day Auction to Benefit Wolves

May 15, 2020

This Endangered Species Day, we’re celebrating Mexican gray wolves and other endangered wildlife, and the very legislation that saved them – the Endangered Species Act. The ESA is our nation’s most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction and has prevented 99% of species under its care from going extinct – including the…

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Amazing footage of wolf-bear interactions in Voyageurs National Park!

May 13, 2020

Wow! Amazing footage of wolf-bear interactions in Voyageurs National Park! Wolf pups are quite small when they’re born and their size, coupled with a lack of defense skills at that young age, means they’re quite vulnerable to other predators. Luckily for these wolf pups, mom and dad were able to save the day when a…

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