Love is rare. So are wolves.
Looking for a unique way to say "I love you" to that special person? Hoping to find a gift that represents how they bring out your animalistic side? Sponsor one of our critically endangered mating pairs for a wildly romantic present!
The WCC is fortunate to have three potential breeding pairs this season – two red wolf pairs and one Mexican gray wolf pair. Unbeknownst to these hopeful lovers, the fate of their endangered species rests on their shoulders. Both species were at one point extinct in the wild but through careful recovery planning, controlled releases, and the support of individuals like you, their populations have grown. We’re hoping this season will be especially exciting with numerous mating ties and we want YOU to join in the fun! Make it a threesome!
Even though breeding is only in the cards for three of the WCC's pairs, four other tightly bonded pairs will continue to display their love for one another this season - although not in such a physical manner.
Each potential breeding pair, just like every human breeding pair, has a unique relationship – there are veteran parents, newlyweds, etc. – and each pair can be sponsored for Valentine’s Day! Recipients will receive an online certificate with photos of the breeding pair.
Tell someone you want to get wild with them!
WCC Bonded Pairs
Red Wolves Tyke and Lava
Red wolves Tyke (M2118) and Lava (F2134) are the newest pairing at the WCC but the young duo have lived together for over one year. Although they didn’t quite have the initial explosive chemistry we hoped for, they’ve grown fond of one another and we’re hopeful these feelings will translate into an exciting breeding season! Are you contemplating making the jump to the next stage of your relationship (i.e., children)? These are the wolves for you!
We won’t know the outcome of a potential union until “pup season” in April or May but we hope the pair will make a valuable contribution to the recovery of their rare species by having pups in the spring.
Mexican Gray Wolves Diego and Valentia
Mexican gray wolves Diego (M1059) and Valentia (F1538) haven’t lived together for long but they have a passionate connection that could make you blush! If given the choice, we’re quite confident they would love nothing more than to bask in the afternoon sun and snuggle together. Their love for one another is inspiring and unbreakable – except when there’s food involved… Can anyone relate?
Although pups aren’t on the horizon for this lovestruck duo, they seem quite happy to remain a party of two.
Mexican Gray Wolves Lighthawk and Trumpet
Mexican gray wolves Lighthawk (M1564) and Trumpet (F1505) are stellar parents to their six kids and we're hoping they'll welcome additional pups this spring! The pair currently live with their three adult children from 2018 and three youngsters from 2019 (a fourth pup from 2019 is living in the wilds of Arizona!). Paws crossed that their pup-making prowess continues and they’ll increase not only their family size, but the entire Mexican wolf population.
Red Wolves Jack and Charlotte
Red wolves Jack (M1606) and Charlotte (F2121) are one of the WCC's most recognizable mated pairs. Charlotte burst onto the scene (literally) when her mother gave birth in front of a live webcam audience in 2015, and Charlotte continued the trend when she birthed four pups in 2018. Jack has proven to be quite the doting father - he's often spotted playing with his kids or sneaking in a few quiet minutes with Charlotte.
At 13 years old, Jack is most likely unable to father any additional children but we’ll have to wait and see! Maybe a few miracle pups?
Mexican Gray Wolves Rhett and Belle
Mexican gray wolves Rhett (M1133) and Belle (F1226) are one of the longest-lasting couples at the WCC. The pair was first introduced in 2015 and have welcomed two litters of pups (2016 and 2017). Although a tightly bonded unit, Rhett and Belle aren't spending breeding season together; the family has been separated into single-sex groups until the spring to prevent their adult children from attempting to breed (kids can totally dampen the mood).
Red Wolves Sam and Veronica
Red wolves Sam (M1784) and Veronica (F1858) are the most elusive mated pair at the WCC, but their shy nature doesn't extend towards each other. They reside off-exhibit with their eight children and can frequently be spotted playing and cuddling on their webcam. If you think their life sounds chaotic with that many kids still living at home, you’d be right! Two of their children “flew the nest” in 2020 and we imagine they’re hoping the others will soon follow. What do wolves need to do to get some peace and quiet??
Mexican Gray Wolves Alléno and Rosa
Mexican gray wolves Alléno (M1198) and Rosa (F1143) are the reigning “It” wolf couple at the WCC - Alléno with two-toned eyes, Rosa with gorgeous red ears. Are we biased? Probably.
As the parents of nine (including three feisty daughters who still live with them), Rosa and Alléno aren't able to spend a lot of quality time together but they seem to take comfort in knowing that their family is a closely knit unit. More kids aren’t in the cards for these experienced parents – something they’re probably relieved about!