With the arrival of a new male wolf last month, Brookfield Zoo plans to establish a new pack of endangered Mexican wolves. Zoo officials said this week they are hopeful that 2-year-old Ela and newcomer Apache, 7, will have a successful breeding season this winter and produce a litter of wolf pups in the spring.Apache arrived at the zoo in December from Albuquerque Bio Park in New Mexico. Brookfield Zoo was home to Ela’s original pack until November, when nine wolves were transferred to new homes in Missouri. Ela’s packmates were moved because as wolves mature, they typically disperse from their natal pack. The 10-wolf pack was one of the largest and most successful packs in the history of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, according to the zoo.
El lobo gris mexicano, fue declarado fuera de peligro de extinción gracias a los trabajos de conservación que se han realizado gracias al esfuerzo de especialistas y ciudadanos agrupados en 55 instituciones multidisciplinarias, 38 de ellas pertenecientes a la Unión Americana y el resto a México.El animal se encontraba en peligro de extinción a finales de los 70; en ese entonces se estimó que su número llegaba a apenas a medio centenar en territorio nacional.Ahora, esta especie se protege, rehabilita y conserva en la zona norte de nuestro país y el sur de Estados Unidos, y su número asciende a 356 ejemplares, de acuerdo a la un comunicado de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona ranchers can now apply for grants as part of an effort to research measures that could prevent conflicts between livestock and Mexican gray wolves.The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced Thursday that the livestock loss board unanimously approved the grant program at its meeting in November. Arizona ranchers applying for the funds are required to provide a match either in cash or in-kind and/or third-party funds. They must also document the method to avoid conflict being used and its effectiveness.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Albuquerque’s zoo has received a Mexican gray wolf from Binder Zoo in Battle Creek as part of an international recovery effort that includes breeding the endangered animals in captivity to ensure the species’ genetic viability.The ABQ BioPark hopes to mate with a 4-year-old female wolf already at the Albuquerque zoo.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Wildlife managers have confirmed a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year, fueling concerns about the decades-long effort to return the endangered predator to the southwestern U.S.Five wolves were found dead in New Mexico in November, bringing the total for the year to 17. That marks the most wolves killed in any single year since the reintroduction effort began in 1998, and it’s one of the deadliest months in the program’s history.
Last Tuesday, a crew of 11 dedicated students left Albuquerque before the sun was even hinting at its return to the sky to help conserve one of the most endangered subspecies of wolves in the world: our lobo, the Mexican gray wolf.This, the rarest subspecies of wolf in North America, was historically common in the Southwest until it was hunted, trapped, and poisoned to near extinction in the 1970’s. Since 1977, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been working to conserve this species as part of an international effort to capture, breed, and release wolves back into the wilds of New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico. Here in the state of New Mexico, there are multiple pre-release wolf facilities, including one on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).The 11 students, hailing from Bosque School, Amy Biehl High School, and the University of New Mexico braved freezing temperatures and a very early wake up call to help capture and transfer two yearling male wolves from Sevilleta NWR to a facility in California where they will hopefully be paired with female wolves. In order to capture these individuals, a human wall was formed to walk the naturally fearful wolves into a corner den box where they were restrained by experienced personnel. The wolves were then given subcutaneous hydrating fluids (a saline solution injected into the space under the skin, to be absorbed by the body during their long journey), placed in a crate, and sent on their way. Led by the awesome women of the USFWS Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, this operation depended on our student team to assist in the capture, administer the subcutaneous fluids, and help carry the crated wolves to the transport van.
In November 2011, Mexican officials found the carcass of a Mexican gray wolf near a ranch in Sonora, poisoned and left to die.A few weeks later, in December, officials found three more dead wolves, all poisoned, their skin showing similar lesions. The wolves belonged to the first Mexican gray wolf pack released from captivity onto the Mexican landscape since private and government eradication campaigns nearly drove the species extinct in the middle of the last century.