Special software developed for the population management of the red wolf population determined that WCC long-time resident, red wolf F1291, is a perfect mate for the newest wolf to join the Center’s family, M1394.

Red wolf F1291 was the WCC’s very first red wolf, she has been a part of the WCC family since December of 2004. Last season the 8-year-old was paired with red wolf M1587 and although the two wolves appeared well bonded, they failed to prove fruitful. This wasn’t the first failed attempt at pups for F1291, M1587 was the second male she had been paired with during her tenure at the WCC. F1291 is the fourth most genetically valuable wolf in the red wolf Species Survival Program so any contribution from her would be a great benefit for the recovery of their rare species. Worried that perhaps she was physically unable to have pups, we captured F1291 last summer for an examination. The whole ordeal took no longer than 20 minutes and at day’s end were elated to discover that F1291 was in perfect condition. Perhaps F1291 prefers that she lead the mate selection process instead of software developed for the population management of her species! Regardless, we let a computer do the match making again and M1394 looked perfect.


M1394 is six years old and was transferred to the WCC from the Mill Mountain

8 pups born on the 6th May 2012:

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.

about the Wolf Conservation Center

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!