Posts by Regan Downey

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 – North…

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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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Busy Season Ahead – Prepping For Endangered Wolf Pups

The Wolf Conservation Center participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for two critically endangered wolf species, the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) and the red wolf (Canis rufus). The Mexican gray wolf and the red wolf are among the rarest mammals in North America; both species were at one time extinct in the…

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A Wolf’s Nose Knows Bounds

Wolf families (or packs) maintain territories in which they hunt and live. Members of the pack take their territory very seriously – they’ll aggressively defend it from all non-pack members. Without using geographical markers, as we do, how do wolves know where their territory begins and ends? Wolves will communicate the boundaries of their territory…

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Endangered Plant Garden Named in Honor of Ambassador Wolf Atka

The Wolf Conservation Center, in partnership with Sacred Warrior, is proud to announce the creation of an endangered species and medicinal plant garden at the WCC. The garden, named “Atka’s Garden: Sacred Warrior & Wolf Conservation Center Sanctuary,” has been granted botanical sanctuary status by United Plant Savers.  Many wild plant species face the same misunderstandings and threats as…

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Peace is always beautiful. Wolves are too.

Meet Alawa and Nikai! Beyond being beautiful, they’re powerful players in the fight to preserve wolves’ rightful place in the environment. As Ambassador wolves, Alawa, Nikai, and their brother, Zephyr, help people realize that, contrary to popular belief, wolves aren’t vicious, scary creatures; they’re simply wild animals that are misunderstood and play important roles in…

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