Elusive. Endangered. Extremely Cute.

A critically endangered Mexican gray wolf living at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), a 501c3 non-profit organization in South Salem, NY, made a priceless contribution to the recovery of her rare and at-risk species on last week – she had pups! On May 8, Mexican gray wolf F1143 (affectionately nicknamed Rosa by supporters) gave birth to a litter of nine pups – six boys and three girls. This is the first litter born to the pair -  mom (age ten), and dad, (age eight).

Beyond being adorable, the wolf pups represent the Center’s active participation in an effort to save a species on the brink of extinction. The Mexican gray wolf or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of 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. Current estimates put the wild population at 114 in the United States.

To watch the family’s progress, tune in to their live webcams.

 

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In honor of Ambassador wolf Atka’s 16th birthday, we reflect upon 16 poignant moments from his legendary career!

Thank you, Atka, for allowing the world to form lasting connections with not only you but your wild kin as well!

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Today Ambassador Wolf Atka turns 16 years old!

The confident and charismatic ambassador has won the hearts and opened the minds of hundreds of thousands of people throughout his storied career.

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Although Atka retired from his career as a traveling Ambassador a couple of years ago, he continues to interact with advocates around the world. In May 2017, Atka created his own email account (atka@nywolf.org) and has welcomed a steady stream of passionate emails ever since! He’s Skyped with a budding scientist in Mexico, chatted with conservationists in Europe, and has received fan mail from all seven continents – even Antarctica!

And now with a license for his own set of wheels, his reach knows no bounds!

Happy Sweet 16, Atka! We love you!

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