On March 29, 1998, 11 captive-reared Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) were released to the wild for the first time in the Blue Range Recovery Area of Arizona and New Mexico. Missing from the landscape for more than 30 years, the howl of the rarest and most unique subspecies of gray wolf was once again greeted by the mountains of the southwest. This March marks the 22nd anniversary of this historic event, a significant milestone for the lobo and wildlife conservation. In recognition of the anniversary, the WCC is among the large group of partners participating in #LoboWeek, an international movement to educate people about the Mexican wolf or "lobo" and our efforts to successfully restore this critically endangered wolf to its ancestral home in the wild.
JOIN THE LOBOWEEK MOVEMENT!
Starting March 22nd, we're enlisting Wildlife Organizations, Zoos, Advocacy Groups, Businesses, and individuals like you to come together with one common purpose - to raise awareness for the most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America, the Mexican gray wolf.
#LoboWeek is harnessing the power of social media to broaden our reach and create a national moment. All week (March 22 - March 29) #LoboWeek partners are dedicating time to the lobo on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and other social media; offering information, fun facts, special events, contests, and more.
HOW TO BECOME A PARTNER
It's up to you how you choose to celebrate, but by following the simple steps below, our united efforts can help #LoboWeek continue to raise awareness for Mexican gray wolves!
Please follow the steps below and also email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can track how large our #LoboWeek pack is growing!
LOBOWEEK (MARCH 22 - MARCH 29) SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES
- Step One: Update your Social Media profile and or cover photo to reflect something related to Lobo. Search for "loboweek" in Facebook frames and add the frame to your profile photo.
- Step Two: Overlay the #LoboWeek badge (it has a transparent background) on your cover photo. CLICK HERE to download the badge.
Or download pre-made #LoboWeek cover photos (with badge) HERE.
- Step Three: Share an informational graphic about Mexican gray wolves. CLICK HERE to view the graphics.
- Step Four: A commitment to help raise awareness for the lobo by posting, sharing, and educating on your media page!
- Connect on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc... by using #LoboWeek on all lobo related tweets
- Retweeting/sharing partner’s tweets is a great way to show that our mission to educate people is a united effort.
Enrichment for Kids:
- Read about Hope, the North American superhero! At only a few days old, Mexican gray wolf Hope Haas was cross-fostered into the Saffel Pack, a wild wolf family in Arizona. She's now a living, breathing part of the wild landscape! CLICK HERE to download the poster.
- Mail a postcard to your representative in Congress asking them to protect the Endangered Species Act. CLICK HERE to download the postcard images. Suggested talking points can be downloaded HERE.
CELEBRATE LOBOWEEK ACROSS NORTH AMERICA!
Meet the Face of LoboWeek 2020!
Born at the WCC in 2018, Mexican gray wolf Babs currently lives with her parents and five brothers. She was given the responsibility of acting as a babysitter for her younger siblings born in 2019 and embraced the role with gusto and gentleness (see below video for proof). Babs embodies everything wolves are, and everything we should strive to be - she's caring, loyal, and intelligent. Be like Babs!