Five Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves Found Dead, Two More Presumed Dead

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) announced in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Quarterly Update that five endangered Mexican gray wolves were found dead in Arizona and New Mexico in the third quarter of 2021. The incidents are under investigation. The dead wolves include the remaining two members of the Cerro Trigo wolf pack, now considered…

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Who Really Pays for Wildlife Conservation in the United States?

A common myth is that hunters are the primary funding source for wildlife conservation efforts in the United States, thanks to hunting license fees, excise taxes, and more. This misconception has resulted in hunting groups receiving far too much influence over wildlife policies, especially in states where hunting of “game” species and “non-game” species is…

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WCC Red Wolf Lava Celebrates Her 5th Birthday!

Happy birthday, Lava! Red wolf Lava (F2134) turns 5 years old today and she’s celebrating in style! We imagine she and her mate Tyke (M2118) are frolicking in their spacious enclosure, reveling in one another and the spring weather. Lava moved to the WCC from Washington’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium at the end of…

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International Women’s Day Celebrates Strong Female Wolves

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting the females – 16 wolves, to be exact – that support the WCC each and every day. Meet the wolves: Alawa, Lava, Valentia, Charlotte, Trumpet, Babs, Belle, Max, Jean, Nita, Rosa, Bria, Diane, Hélène, Martha, and SkyRae.   From seasoned mothers that highlight the importance of family, to…

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Thank You, Wolves

On this Thanksgiving day, we give our thanks to wolves – may they remind us of the most important things in life. Thank you to Zephyr, Alawa, and Nikai, the WCC’s ambassador wolves who serve as teachers and representatives – through them, a global audience learns about and appreciates their wild kin.  Thank you to…

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National Wolf Awareness Week Begins Today

National Wolf Awareness Week has begun! Wolves have long been shrouded in myth and superstition, so this week provides an opportunity to open the door to understanding the importance and plight of the keystone species. It’s a time to recognize wolves as an ESSENTIAL part of our natural landscapes and to engage others to become…

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Fewer than 30 Red Wolves Are Left, What Happens Now

  Last spring, the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) celebrated the birth of ten critically endangered red wolf pups. Every one of them adorable, and all valuable contributions to the recovery of their rare and at-risk species. But they were born into a world that currently has only one place for them in the wild –…

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The Best Football Games Include Wolves

And the MVP (Most Valuable Predator) Award goes to…wolves! Wolves are a critical keystone species in a healthy ecosystem, living up to their “MVP” moniker. By regulating prey populations, wolves enable many other species of plants and animals to flourish. In this regard, wolves have a trickle-down effect on other populations, a phenomenon known as…

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Nine-Month-Old Mexican Wolves Use Den as a Playground

A wolf pup’s first home is usually a den – it’s like a nursery! 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 generations of wolves; sometimes wolf families look for new dens…

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