Every summer the Species Survival Plan (SSP) management group for the Mexican gray wolf determine which wolves should be bred each year by using software developed for the population management of endangered species. Although the use of software in the game of love sounds creepy, this method of match-making helps create the most genetically diverse Mexican wolf population possible. Mexican Wolves M740 and F749 don’t realize this, but scientists all over North America are crossing their fingers that will prove fruitful. M740 and F749 are a vital pair with the lowest inbreeding coefficient in the MWSSP!
M740 is daddy and he is nine years old and has called the WCC home since his transfer from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, IL in October of 2009. He was paired with Mexican wolf F810 for the past two years but the couple failed to produce pups. So last fall, we moved F810 to live with her brothers, M804 and M807, and introduced F749 to M740 for the very first time. F749 is the same age and joined the WCC family in December of 2009 after living at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico.
The Wolf Conservation Center family just got a whole lot bigger! Sometime on Friday the 4th May 2012 night Mexican wolf F749 quietly had eight pups under a thicket. All five boys and three girls appear to be in good health so now it’s time to let the new parents do their jobs.
This video was the first sight of the pups on saturday morning.
Now thats one happy wolf.
When WE say that wolf pups are cute, we really really mean it.
The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, NY promotes wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment and the human role in protecting their future.
The Wolf Conservation Center promotes wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment and the human role in protecting their future. This is accomplished through onsite and offsite education programs. These programs emphasize wolf biology, the ecological benefits of wolves and other large predators, and the current status of wolf recovery in the United States. The WCC also participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Recovery Plan for the critically endangered red wolf, and the Mexican gray wolf.
Founded in 1999. The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) is a 501c3 organization that promotes wolf conservation. We accomplish this mission by:
Promoting wolf conservation through education
Supporting wolf reintroduction in federally designated areas that can sustain viable wolf populations
Being the preeminent facility in the eastern United States for the captive breeding and pre-release of endangered wolf species; and
Providing the natural habitat for a few captive wolves where observation of natural behavior is possible
Through our education programs, we work to convey the following messages:
Wolves in the wild are not dangerous to people.
Wolves perform a vital role in the environment.
Wolves are not pets.
It is everyone’s responsibility to do something each day to make the world a better place.
If you would like to help us accomplish our mission, please click here!