Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Relocating Lobos

The first task on today's schedule: Relocating lobos.

The WCC Team
Hurricane Irene blew down dozens of trees at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) early Sunday morning. One of the larger ones landed on enclosure fencing in our secluded endangered species facility where we house wolves that are candidates for release. Even though all of the occupants of the enclosure remained secure, we felt it necessary to move the pack to an alternate site allowing us to more easily mend the broken fence in their current home. At 10AM Mexican gray wolves M804, M807, and F749 were not thrilled to see WCC staff and volunteers descend on their territory. First Irene and now human intruders? What a week...

Thankfully, our task of capturing the lobos took no longer than an hour. Using their fear of humans as an advantage, we flushed the wolves out of the dense (and thorny) vegetation funneling them into capture boxes near the enclosure gates. Although we felt terrible ruining their Wednesday morning, it was reassuring to witness just how elusive and fearful the wolves are.

M804 & M807 in their new home
Both wolves and humans felt pretty good at the end of the capture when the pack was introduced into a new home, a vast enclosure full of interesting smells and little critters to hunt. Tomorrow they'll get our housewarming gift - a dead deer :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Kids Are Alright

It was wild weekend for most of the east coast thanks to Hurricane Irene and unfortunately the storm did a number in our neck of the woods too.
Although a few dozen of trees on our property came toppling down, all 25 wolves that call the Wolf Conservation Center home are doing just fine.  The wolves don't care that the Center is still without power and phones, but they are very happy to know that thanks to our trusty generator, their freezer full of deer is still nice and cold.  Our hearts go out to all the folks out there that didn't fare as well as Atka, Zephyr, Alawa and their critically endangered neighbors. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Who's Irene?

Be safe everybody.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Night At The Museum

The families spending the night at the Museum of Natural History will have sweet dreams tonight!

To learn more about the Museum's sleep-over programs, please visit their website at

Will We Find Common Ground?

This is a compelling video about building bridges between the ranching community and wolf advocates.  Learn about some of the dedicated folks working on a collaboration between the two camps and the non lethal techniques employed to help livestock and wildlife better coexist.  Pieces like this keep me hopeful that we can find common ground.

Living with Wolves in the Northwest from EarthFix on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wilderness Explorer John Davis and his Journey to Help Connect the Eastern Wildway

 Wildlife requires wild lands and the connectivity of wild habitat is the key to the survival for many species. Tomorrow the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) will welcome Wildlands Network's John Davis as he arrives in our neck of the woods as a part of his epic journey to help connect the Eastern Wildway.
 The conservationist has embarked on an incredible trek through what could be America's Eastern Wildway - 5,000 miles of future connected habitat stretching from the Florida Everglades to Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula.  The WCC is thrilled to welcome Davis and we invite you too to follow his mission to connect nature to help safeguard and grow America's Eastern Wildway.  To learn more about Wildlands Network's TrekEast or to join the network,  please click here.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Remembering Lukas

A year ago today we said goodbye to our dear Lukas.  Lukas was a special wolf and we think of him all the time.  It's hard to believe he has been gone for a year.  We miss you, Lukas.

Morning Dip

Wolf Conservation Center Ambassador pups Alawa and Zephyr take a dip at dawn.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Outward Bound!

Alawa is raring to go!
The Wolf Conservation Center's (WCC) Ambassador wolf pups are looking less like pups and more like wolves!  Although the 4-month-olds have yet to grow into their paws (they are far from full-grown), they are getting ready to leave the "pup enclosure" for more roomy digs. By month's end the dynamic duo will be moving into the WCC's 2.5 acre Ambassador enclosure and will no longer require the care of nannies.
Hélène & Rebecca

This afternoon, WCC staff and co-founder, Hélène Grimaud, let the "wolflets" explore their future home.  The siblings bounced about while leashed and went wild once the restraints were off!  They only tested a fraction of the habitat, tearing through the vegetation without any hesitation and startling a few critters that had claimed the empty enclosure as their own. The enclosure has been absent of wolves for too long, we can't wait to watch Alawa and Zephyr develop in a home where other great Ambassadors once dwelled.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Center for Biological Diversity Steps Up for Lobos

Mexican gray wolf M805
A year ago, former Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico issued an executive order prohibiting commercial and recreational trapping within the Mexican wolf recovery area in his state. Wildlife advocates applauded the Governor's action as it demonstrated a momentous step for the recovery of the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf. Unfortunately, the Governor's gesture was short lived. Last month New Mexico's State Game Commission voted to end Richardson's trapping ban, a move that puts wild lobos at risk of being trapped and snared by the indiscriminate devices.   Thankfully, the Center for Biological Diversity announced yesterday that they intend to sue the New Mexico State Game Commission and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish over the decision to resume trapping.

The Mexican Wolf recovery effort has suffered significant natural and unnatural challenges over the program's 13 years. With just 50 Mexican wolves currently living in the wild, the future of this critically endangered species needs help. Big thanks to the Center for Biological Diversity for standing up for this misunderstood predator. If you too applaud their actions, please show them your support.
Click here to read the Center for Biological Diversity's Press Release.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

PUPDATE: WCC Ambasador Wolf Pups Alawa and Zephyr Are 17 Weeks Old!

All this growing up business is exhausting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Atka Gets Thrown to the Dogs

Atka and crew visited a special 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, clicker training, preparing homemade treats and helping to fulfill the shelter's mission to place the pets in loving and permanent homes. Big thanks to the great SPCA staff and volunteers for inviting us to their neck of the woods and for hosting such dedicated young animal advocates. With kids like these, the future looks good!
If you're looking to open your home to a new four legged family member, please visit this wonderful haven, the animals are are hard to resist!  Here are a few of the dogs that WCC staff members met today.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Atka's Totem Animal: A German Shepherd?

Kai could be fast developing a taste for the limelight after wowing our friends of the Mohegan Tribe during this morning's wolf program in Uncasville, CT.  The kids were amazed that although Atka and Kai are similar in size, how different the two beautiful beasts really are.  Kudos to our wolf-pup nanny extraordinaire as Atka is a tough act to follow!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Alawa and Zephyr - Wolf Pup Pals

Check out this adorable video of the WCC's newest ambassador wolves Alawa and Zephyr taken earlier last spring. The diminutive dynamic duo were about 6 weeks old when the video was shot by our dedicated summer intern, Maddy Crabtree. Great job Maddy!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

WCC's Red Wolf Yearling Gets Sticky

We don't often get a chance to see the Wolf Conservation Center's two elusive red wolf yearlings so it's a wonderful treat to witness one of them playfully entertain himself with one of Nature's toys - a stick!  We believe the frisky fellow is M1803, the bolder of the two brothers.  I guess some of the best toys require no batteries :)  Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

PUPDATE: WCC Ambasador Wolf Pups Alawa and Zephyr Are 4 Months Old!

Alawa & Zephyr at 4 months old
Happy Milestone Kiddos!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wolf Pup Milestone: Zephyr Loses a Tooth!

Wolf Conservation Center pups Alawa and Zephyr are growing up so fast!  Today the littermates turn 15 weeks old and Zephyr is one tooth short to show it!  Wolves usually begin to loose their baby teeth, or milk teeth, between 4 and 6 months old.  I guess our little man is an early bloomer!  Do you think the Tooth Fairy has any deer meat in reserve?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Thank You Rep. Hayworth!

Rep. Nan Hayworth will be visiting the Wolf Conservation Center later this month to learn about the importance of safeguarding the future of our Nation's wildlife and we can't wait! We're counting the days until her visit so we can thank her in person for helping to protect the Endangered Species Act by voting in support of the Dicks-Fitzpatrick-Thompson Amendment to Interior Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2584)! If you want to thank her too, you can visit her facebook page or her website to do so.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Introducing the Wolf Conservation Center's New Baseball Hat!

Wolf Tested and Pup Approved! To order one for yourself today, please click here.  (Wolf pup not included)