Friday, November 26, 2010

Ahhhhh

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!



Don't be late for dinner! Hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mexican Wolves F837 and M805 are United and Delighted?

On October 22nd, Mexican gray wolf F837 got a new neighbor. His "name" is M805. For the past three weeks the two seven-year-old lobos have lived adjacent to one another in a vast enclosure split down the middle. It's been a good time for them to get to know one another through the fence. Today we opened their gates allowing F837 to have a male companion for the first time in her life!
Everything had to be perfect. The ambiance was just right, the two wolves met over dinner (raw deer legs, a favorite!)to engage in light chatter and such. M805, however, was more interested in his meal than his lovely companion! He bared his teeth at F837 when she initially approached him with caution.


Without skipping a beat, F837 got the message and returned to her own feast. The two are resting now with full bellies and a future together to work out.


Both F837 and M805 are living in the WCC's new Lobo Exhibit so be sure to say hello when you next visit the WCC!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Checking Up on Our Wolves



Autumn at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY means there are leaves changing colors, smoke curling from our classroom's chimney, and SSP wolves demonstrating their best evasive maneuvers as they once more try to avoid their annual medical check-ups. Yesterday it was the turn of our own "super pack" of 15 Mexican gray wolves, a critically endangered sub-species that only has about 40 wolves living in the wild.

Taking care not to let the wolves overheat as temperatures climbed out of the 30s, we only took a brief(!) 7.5 hours to process all of the wolves, who were doing their best to live up to their 'elusive' reputations. The process sadly revealed that some of us may have to hit the gym soon, but the wolves (a mother and two generations of offspring) all seemed quite healthy. After receiving vaccination boosters and having blood taken for testing, the lobos were released back into their enclosure to figure out even better strategies for prolonging the next capture. Thanks to all the volunteers who participated, especially veterinarian Paul Maus, who generously donated his time, expertise, and good natured demeanor!


Dr. Maus and Chuck Dyckman release one of the lobos after a check-up:


Spencer attempts to negotiate with the wolves:


Catch me if you can!



Leftover Halloween candy proved effective in luring volunteers: