Rencontrez nos loups

Le Wolf Conservation Center participe aux programmes fédéraux de rétablissement et de libération de deux espèces de loups en danger critique d'extinction - le Loup gris mexicain et Loup rouge.  The WCC's two 'loups ambassadeurs' résident sur une exposition où ils aident à enseigner au public les loups et leur rôle vital dans l'environnement. À travers les loups, le COE enseigne le message plus large de la conservation, de l'équilibre écologique et de la responsabilité personnelle pour une meilleure gestion humaine de notre monde.


Wolves have been demonized and misunderstood for much of human history. Because wolves are highly politicized animals, common misconceptions about wolves can cause real harm. Helping to correct misinformation is an effective way to help wolves.  The Wolf Conservation Center's (WCC) two Ambassador wolves help open the door to understanding what wolves really are.  Silas and Nikai inspire our guests onsite in South Salem, NY and inspire thousands more around the world via live webcams.


Silas (meaning "of the forest" in Latin) is brown and gray, and was named through a public naming contest. He was born on April 21, 2023 and arrived at the WCC a few weeks later.


Nikai (qui signifie "Petit Saint" ou Celui qui erre") est un loup beige et gris qui a rejoint la famille du Wolf Conservation Center en mai 2014.

Loups rouges et loups gris mexicains

Since 2003 the WCC has played a critical role in preserving and protecting these imperiled species with through carefully managed breeding and reintroduction. To date, the WCC remains one of the three largest holding facilities for these rare species and 13 wolves from the Center have been given the extraordinary opportunity to resume their rightful place on the wild landscape. 

Loups gris mexicains

Le loup gris mexicain (Canis lupus baileyi) or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of gray wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only a handful remaining in captivity. In 1998 the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Today in the U.S., there is a single wild population comprising 257 individuals.

Loups rouges

Le loup rouge (Canis roux) is one of the world’s most endangered wild canids. Once common throughout the southeastern United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the 1960s due to intensive predator control programs and loss of habitat. A remnant population of red wolves was found along the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana. After being declared an endangered species in 1973, efforts were initiated to locate and capture as many wild red wolves as possible. Of the 17 remaining wolves captured by biologists, 14 became the founders of a successful captive breeding program. Consequently, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) declared red wolves extinct in the wild in 1980. As of March 2024, there is a single wild population comprising only 18 known individuals.