Saturday, August 28, 2010

Julie of the Wolves. Oops, make that Jean!

During the weekend the Wolf Conservation Center welcomed a visit from Westchester’s own Jean Craighead George, the Newbery Medal-winning children's author and environmentalist who is an inspiration for children and adults alike! Jean is both a friend and neighbor of the WCC and it is always a joy when she stops by for a quick "wolf fix." We talked about some of Jean's new works like "The Buffalo are Back" and her summer research on whales which will enable her to spotlight this amazing creature as well. Jean was accompanied by two of her friends, Mimi and Amy, who were instrumental in the publishing and honoring of "Julie of the Wolves" decades ago.
The three ladies howled away with Atka and some of the Mexican wolves chimed in too! Next year we'll celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Julie and the Wolves." I just bought a copy for my 8-year-old niece 2 weeks ago!
To learn more about the works of Jean Craighead George, please visit her website at

Friday, August 27, 2010

Remembering Lukas

Thank you so much for your support. We've received countless notes and photographs from many friends of the WCC. It gives us comfort to be reminded of the great impact that Lukas had on the people that he met. Lukas was a special wolf and he will be remembered as so.

Music: "No One's Gonna Love You" by Band of Horses.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Goodbye Lukas

Lukas R.I.P. (April 28, 1998 - August 20, 2010)

It is with great sadness and disbelief that the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) announces the death of Lukas, the twelve-year-old member of the Center's "ambassador" pack, after a very short battle with cancer. Lukas was second in command in his pack, loyal to the end to his leader and dear friend Apache. The largest and likely strongest of the ambassador wolves, Lukas never tried to depose Apache; he was the perfect "wing-man" - a brawny and faithful comrade.

Although Lukas was known to maintain a safe distance from human visitors, his presence never failed to impress those he met. His piercing eyes and high-pitched howl enchanted visitors, staff, and volunteers alike. Ladies couldn't resist falling for him! Lukas was a beautiful animal and he served as an impressive ambassador for his wild brothers and sisters.

Lukas' passing comes just 5 months after the loss of Apache. The timing is painfully fitting, the beta forever devoted to the alpha of the pack. Soon Lukas will join Apache as a part of the Yellowstone landscape where they will forever dwell among so many other principal characters in the wolf world.

We didn't let Lukas go without a fight. A team of knowledgeable and talented doctors generously donated their time, facilities, and treatments to give this cherished animal a second chance. We cannot thank them enough.

Dr. Gerald Post DACVIM

Dr. Charlie Duffy VMD

Dr. Edward Mayland DVM

"How lonely is the night without the howl of a wolf." ~ Unknown

Friday, August 20, 2010

Camp Critter Cries Wolf!

August 20, 2010 - Atka and his education team visited a dedicated group of kids today who are making a difference in the lives of homeless animals! The SPCA of Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, NY offers children a chance to lend a helping hand to animals in need as a part of their “Camp Critter” program. The camp offers kids an opportunity to enhance the lives of the animals by creating enrichment projects, engaging in healthy interaction and helping to fulfill the shelter's mission to place the pets (like 15-year-old "Hootie" featured below) in loving and permanent homes. Today is the last day of camp so as a treat, the SPCA invited Atka and the WCC to their neck of the woods to thank the young animal advocates for the great work they have been doing for Atka’s canine cousins. With kids like these, the future looks good!

WCC's Maggie Howell was enchanted by "Hootie" the Chihuahua. He's looking for a warm lap to call home. If you want to learn more about Hootie and the other wonderful animals at the Westchester SPCA, please call 914-941-2896.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Looks Like Somebody Needs a Nap!

It's a challenge for first-time parents, red wolf M1483 and F1397, to catch some Zzzs. Their 14-week-old sons are keeping them up day and night!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

BREAKING NEWS - A Win for Wolves!!!

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy reinstated Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for wolves in Montana and Idaho!

ESA protections for wolves were eliminated in the northern Rocky Mountain States of Idaho and Montana, and parts of Utah, Washington and Oregon in May of 2009. In delisting wolves, the Fish and Wildlife Service authorized Idaho and Montana to hold wolf hunts last year, Montana’s ending with 73 wolves killed and Idaho with 185 killed. The hunts were controversial but the state-by-state approach to delisting wolves is what helped Judge Malloy rule in favor of the 14 advocacy organizations that filed suit to restore federal protections. The federal judge stated that the government made a decision based on politics in removing the protections from just Montana and Idaho and not Wyoming.

This decision comes less than two months after Judge Malloy heard arguments from both sides of this case. Looks like this year's wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana will have to wait.

Read more about this breaking news from the The Associated Press.

Good News for the Lobo! The Mexican Gray Wolf Could Get Stronger Protections

Conservation groups are celebrating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to review the status of the Mexican gray wolf to determine if it should be listed as an endangered species separate from other North American gray wolves! This could mean stronger protections for the critically endangered lobo.
Click here to read more from the Arizona Daily Star.