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, two 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 for $20! Recipients will receive an online certificate with photos of the breeding pair, and an email this spring with updates as to how mating season progressed.
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 most explosive pairing at the WCC. These young lovers have lived together for three breeding seasons and although they’ve had their ups and downs, we’re hopeful that this season will be the best one yet! Lava gave birth to one pup last year and although the pup sadly did not survive, we were honored to witness the strengthening of Lava and Tyke’s bond. Their love for each other is apparent and we know that love will transfer tenfold to any pups they welcome this spring.
We won’t know the outcome of a potential union until “pup season” in April or May but with so few red wolves remaining in the wild, their pups would help boost the recovery effort.
Mexican Gray Wolves Diego and Valentia
Mexican gray wolves Diego (M1059) and Valentia (F1538) have lived together for years and their bond has only grown stronger with time. Sometimes their connection is so powerful it almost makes us blush! If given the chance, we’re quite confident the love between these two would result in pups but Diego’s vasectomy snipped that plan in the bud. But no matter! Their bond proves that not every strong, healthy union needs to have pups to be considered whole. They’re more than enough family for each other.
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 and we're hoping they'll welcome additional pups this spring! The pair currently live with their five adult sons (bit of a mood-dampener) and we’re hopeful that they’ll add to their brood this spring. 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 Jacques and Sage
Red wolves Jacques (M2152) and Sage (F2601) are the newest pairing at the WCC but their bond reminds us that love can happen at first sight – or sniff! After a gradual introductory period, these two have taken to cohabitation seamlessly. They can often be spotted sleeping near each other but we’re hopeful that they’ll do a bit more than sleep this breeding season!
Any pups born to this duo would make them first-time parents so they could be in for quite an adventure, but at least it will be an adventure filled with love!
Mexican Gray Wolves Rhett and Belle
Mexican gray wolves Rhett (M1133) and Belle (F1226) are the longest-lasting couple 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 ruin the mood).