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Promoting wolf conservation since 1999

Education Programs - Saving a Species

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At one point, Mexican gray wolves and red wolves were declared to be extinct in the wild. Through intensive efforts, such as captive breeding and wild releases, these wolves have resumed their rightful places on the wild landscape. The Wolf Conservation Center participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Recovery Plan for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. But what does this really mean? Join a WCC wolf expert to learn what it takes to help save a species from the brink of extinction. Students will get an inside look at the process of matching potential breeders, what criteria must be met to recommend wolves for release into the wild, the husbandry challenge of caring for animals that we rarely see and how it feels to help Mexican gray wolves and red wolves resume their rightful place in the wild. This program is suitable for high school and college students.

The program will include:

  • Overview of the Red Wolf and Mexican Gray Wolf Species Survival Plans
  • Current challenges facing Mexican wolf and red wolf recovery
  • Genetics overview, including sample studbooks sent for class use 
  • Genetic banking
  • WCC husbandry practices
  • WCC live webcam access to observe critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves

Students will finish the program feeling empowered to help save wolves and will be equipped with the necessary tools to do so. The WCC wolf expert will provide students with ways to support wolves from home and school, and will offer suggestions for speaking up for wolves on a local, state, and federal level.

Contact [email protected] to reserve the WCC's Saving a Species Education Program for your students.

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