|F516, a.k.a "Lighty"|
|M575, a.k.a. "Shep"|
Like all our other Mexican wolves during her tenure, F516 lived off exhibit in a remote area of our facility where WCC guests were unable to visit. We couldn't see her, but she frequently made her presence known. She was the only Mexican gray wolf at the WCC who had a howl we could never fail to recognize.
F516 was transferred to the Oklahoma City Zoo during the fall of 2009 where she was widowed after the passing of M575. Her previous home in South Salem, NY was notably quieter without her. Now the grande dame of the Mexican wolf program calls Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center home in Scottsdale, AZ. The snowbird arrived on Monday and the press was there to celebrate her as they should!
It's funny, even though we don't interact or get to know the wolves within the MWSSP program, you can't help being touched by a few that stand out. No doubt the other lucky facilities that hosted the gal in the past have something special to share about "Lighty," as will Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center before you know it.