Posts Tagged ‘Wolf Conservation Center’

Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

16792_9961A buddy of mine recently posted on facebook the most amazing photos of him with a bunch of wolves. In addition to sending me over the moon with jealousy, I had to know more about where that was–since moving from Connecticut, and the nearby Wolf Conservation Center, I’d been missing los lobos.

Well, turns out that here in Southern California, in Lucerne Valley, Wolf Mountain Sanctuary maintains a similar mission, to educate the public and protect the wolf population in captivity and in the wild. Since 1980, rescued injured and abused wolves are brought to the sanctuary, which becomes their forever home. This is one of the few sanctuaries where you can, as a visitor, interact with a full grown pure wolf. Since the rescues cannot be rehabilitated for wild re-release, they must become socialized to human contact for their own preservation–not as pets, in fact far from it–but as interdependent creatures. Wolves are such an important link in the ecosystem, but humans have nearly decimated them, due to misunderstanding and ignorance. Hunting is again on the rise, so the future, which for a while had some rays of hope, grows more bleak as wolves are incorrectly demonized and shot, trapped, and poisoned. It is believed their numbers are down to about 3,000 now, in the wild, stuck in severely restricted/overbuilt habitat ranges.

I hope you’ll consider donating, or adopting a wolf, and maybe even plan a visit–I know I am.

Wolf Camp for Kids

Zephyr Pup by Spencer Wilhelm/Wolf Conservation Center

Oh COME ON now! How did I grow up at the wrong time and miss THIS?! The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York (a brilliant place to visit by the way. Say “Hi” to Atka, an ambassador wolf I met when he was a pup, when you go) is offering Wolf Camp for kids in grades 2-5, for sessions in April, May, June, July, and August. I wonder if they’ll notice if I stow away and impersonate a second grader as they learn “Wolf 101”, walk with a wolf, play hide & seek with tracking and telemetry, create plaster paw prints from tracks in the field, and do other wolfy arts and crafts. It’s a four-day program, and graduates get a special “Junior Wolf Biologist” certificate. If I can sneak in, Junior Wolf Biologist is SOOOO going on my resumé! Registration is now open.

WCC Camp

Happy Birthday!

It’s a Boy! Two actually…

Red Wolf Pup  5-7-10

The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem New York is one of those places that makes me most proud of the area where I live. They are truly extraordinary people who staff and volunteer there, and the programs they have with the “Ambassador Pack” of gray wolves as well as the extremely endangered Red Wolves that they are trying to bolster and breed for a comeback, are outstanding. The Alpha wolf of the Ambassador Pack, Apache, passed away recently–a subject causing much distress and sadness at my house…but everything is all Circle of Life-ish, and Thursday, twin pups were born to one of the pairs of Red Wolves. The announcement is below…now THAT’S a cool Mother’s Day event!
We are so thrilled to announce that on May 6, 2010 Wolf Conservation Center staff discovered that our on-exhibit red wolf breeding pair had pups!  “Mama Wolf” F1397 and “Papa Wolf” M1483 welcomed their very first litter of pups sometime very early that morning.  The litter consists of 2 wolves, both male, and each no larger than a Russet potato.  With about 300 red wolves in the world, these pups are a valuable addition to a critically endangered species.

To help support the WCC and celebrate the birth of these pups, you can “adopt” a pup.  Adopt a pup for yourself or offer a great gift to a friend or family member!  We offer several adoption levels.  No matter what the level, each adoption kit includes an 8×10 pup photo, pup biography, adoption certificate and a subscription to our newsletter.  Every supporter who chooses to adopt at the $100 level will be automatically entered in our “behind the scenes” raffle.
Click here to learn more!

Love is In the Air

The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York is one of my faves. Wolves are magical. In addition to their ambassador pack of stunning Gray Wolves that help educate people and teach them not to fear these regal beings, the Center is also home to more than 20 Mexican Gray Wolves and Red Wolves as part of a “Species Survival Plan” for these critically endangered species.

One of the pairs of Red Wolves (F1387 and M1483–they are not named since the ultimate goal is reintroduction to the wild) is taking Valentine’s Day seriously. The love holiday coincides with the annual breeding season, and these two are showing amorous behavior. When they met a few months ago, it seemed a long shot that they would become a breeding pair, but if “double marking” is any indication (and it is!), there could be pups in the future.