The Wolf Pack Post – A Monthly Newsletter From The WCC (December 2023)
2023 Wrapped, Saving Wolves With Donations
As we turn the final pages of an eventful 2023, we at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) are over the moon to share some exhilarating news with our wolf-loving community. Thanks to your unwavering support and generosity, we’ve not only met but surpassed our ambitious End of Year campaign goal of $300,000 since December 1st! This incredible feat includes smashing through our $29,000 holiday match – a milestone that speaks volumes about the passion and dedication of our supporters.
A Pack-Led Triumph
This triumph is not just a number; it’s a testament to the power of collective action. Each donation, big or small, symbolizes a shared commitment to wolf conservation and education. You’ve helped ensure that our resident wolves continue to thrive and that our educational and advocacy efforts resonate far and wide.
Your contributions have played a pivotal role in various initiatives, from providing top-notch care to our Ambassador wolves to fueling our participation in the Saving Animals From Extinction program for critically endangered wolves. Your support has bolstered our educational outreach, allowing us to connect with communities globally, spreading awareness and fostering a deeper understanding and respect for wolves across the globe.
Looking Ahead to 2024: New Horizons
As we step into 2024, your support has opened up exciting new possibilities. We’re gearing up for another year of impactful conservation work, and your contributions have laid a strong foundation for what promises to be a transformative year.
We plan to expand our educational programs, reaching more people and cultivating a broader, more engaged community of wolf advocates. We’re also set to enhance our on-site experience and remote learning capabilities, making the WCC experience even more accessible and immersive.
In the field of conservation, we’re excited to deepen our involvement in recovery efforts for endangered species, contributing to groundbreaking research and on-the-ground initiatives.
A Heartfelt Howl of Thanks
As the heart of our pack, your support fuels our mission. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and belief in our cause. Together, we’ve proven that when a community unites for wildlife, incredible things happen.
Here’s to a roaring 2024 filled with more success stories, more learning, and, most importantly, more howls!
Stay tuned for the exciting developments this new year will bring. We can’t wait to embark on this journey with you, our cherished wolf pack.
2023 Wrapped, Saving Wildlife With Your Voice
We have fantastic news to share from the waning moments of 2023, and it’s all thanks to your powerful voices and steadfast commitment to wildlife protection. Governor Kathy Hochul of New York has signed into law a landmark bill (A.2917/S.4099) that brings an end to wildlife killing contests in our home state of New York. This victory marks a significant stride in our journey towards more ethical and humane treatment of wildlife, and it is a win we all share.
This achievement is a direct result of the collective effort of numerous individuals and organizations, including our supporters at the Wolf Conservation Center. Your unwavering support, whether through advocacy, education, or donations, has played a crucial role in this success. New York now joins nine other states in banning these cruel contests, setting an example for others to follow.
This new legislation marks the end of competitions that rewarded participants for killing the most, the heaviest, or even the smallest of various wildlife species, including coyotes, foxes, and bobcats. Such contests not only displayed a blatant disregard for animal life but also disrupted ecological balance. Your support has helped put an end to these gruesome events, reflecting a more compassionate and scientifically grounded approach to wildlife management.
While we celebrate this victory, let’s also look ahead with renewed determination. Your continued support will be crucial in maintaining the momentum and advocating for similar changes elsewhere. Together, we can continue to fight for the rights and respectful treatment of all wildlife.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to each of you for being part of this significant triumph. It is a reminder that when we unite for a cause, we can effect real change. Our victory in New York is a testament to the power of collective action and the importance of each voice in our wolf-loving community.
Let’s take a moment to savor this win for wildlife and use it as fuel for our continued efforts in 2024 and beyond. We look forward to achieving more milestones together.
Thank you for standing with us and for the wolves.
Your involvement makes a world of difference. Let’s keep pushing forward for a safer, more humane world for all wildlife. You can check out our other Action Alerts here.
2023 Wrapped, Saving Wolves With Action and Education
As we close another remarkable year, it’s crucial to shine a spotlight on the incredible individuals who truly are the heartbeat of our efforts – our dedicated volunteers and passionate educators. Their tireless work in 2023 has significantly amplified our impact, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
A Roar of Thanks to Our Volunteers
In 2023, the WCC experienced a phenomenal 60% increase in volunteers and a staggering 90% increase in volunteer hours compared to 2022. With 65 on-site volunteers logging a total of 4,796 hours and our 5 Twitch moderators contributing an additional 3,000 hours of live streaming, their commitment has been nothing short of inspiring. Our volunteers are the unsung heroes who aid in the operation of our center and the well-being of our wolves.
The highlight of our volunteer appreciation efforts was the Volunteer Appreciation Party on December 16th, 2023. Surrounded by our wolves, the celebration included delicious baked goods and hot apple cider, creating a warm atmosphere for our volunteers to mingle and feel our immense gratitude for their contributions.
Educators: Spreading the Howl of Knowledge
In the realm of education, 2023 was a banner year with 660 total programs, including 576 on-site at the WCC. Nearly 20,000 people participated in our educational programs, with close to 16,000 visiting us on-site. This outreach is crucial in changing perceptions and fostering a deeper understanding of wolves and their role in ecosystems.
A notable achievement was our ability to host over 30 Title I schools. Title I schools are institutions receiving federal financial assistance to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards, often serving areas with higher levels of low-income families. Offering these schools discounted or free educational programs has been a key part of our mission, ensuring that wolf education is accessible to a diverse audience.
Educating people about wolves goes beyond mere knowledge dissemination. It’s about changing narratives, building empathy, and fostering a sense of stewardship towards these essential animals and the environment. Each program we conduct, each story we share, helps to rewrite the future of wolves in North America and globally, ensuring that these keystone species are understood, respected, and protected.
Looking Forward to 2024
The achievements of 2023 set a high bar, but they also light the path for the future. The WCC is more than a facility; it’s a community, a movement, a family dedicated to the cause of wolf conservation. As we step into 2024, we do so with the confidence that our staff, educators, volunteers, readers, and constituents will help us expand the fight for wolves.
Our collective efforts are more than just numbers and statistics; they represent a deep-rooted passion for wildlife conservation. Our work embodies the spirit of collaboration and dedication that is essential for making a lasting impact on wolf conservation and environmental education.
As we move forward into 2024, we are filled with hope and excitement. The groundwork laid by our incredible team this year paves the way for even greater achievements in the future. With each wolf we care for, each visitor we educate, and each program we conduct, we are building a legacy of conservation and respect for wolves beyond their usual depictions.
Your support, whether as a volunteer, educator, donor, or advocate, is what makes this all possible. Together, we are creating a world where wolves are not only understood and respected but also thrive in their natural habitats.
Thank you for being an integral part of this journey. Here’s to another year of making a difference for wolves and the natural world!