Saturday, May 30, 2015

Critically Endangered Red Wolf Pups Howl!

The six red wolf pups welcome the weekend by raising an early morning ruckus. Just a day short of turning one-month old, the little ones join in when the adults howl, but they are clearly capable of generating their own joyous noise. Enjoy!



Follow the pups' progress via free live webcams. If you see something cool, let us know!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Protected Wolf Killed in Colorado


 DNA analysis confirms that the animal killed by a coyote hunter in Colorado last month was a federally protected gray wolf. Read more.

What was the wolf doing wrong? Nothing. He was trying to find a home. Colorado doesn't have a wolf population and too often pioneers who enter states like Colorado, Utah, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and more are illegally killed. What happens next? Nothing. The U.S. Justice Department’s 16-year-old McKittrick policy prohibits prosecuting individuals who kill endangered wildlife unless it can be PROVED that they knew they were targeting a protected animal.

The McKittrick policy provides a loophole that has prevented criminal prosecution of dozens of individuals who killed grizzly bears, highly endangered California condors, a gray wolf seen at the Grand Canyon last year affectionately named “Echo,” as well as dozens of critically endangered Mexican wolves including two released from the Wolf Conservation Center.

This is all so wrong for so many reasons. He was only trying to find a home.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Why Do Wolves Howl?

Why do wolves howl?

Wolves communicate in a number of ways. They use body language, scent marking and varied vocalization to express themselves. Wolves howl to communicate vocally with over long distances. They can hear one another howl up to 10 miles away in open terrain! Wolves can howl to locate other wolves, advertise the size of their pack or territory, to warn other family members of danger, and more. Just like us, each wolf has a unique voice and when every member of the pack joins in, the individual howls and their harmonies give the listener the impression that pack is larger than it actually is. Ambassador wolf Zephyr has the highest pitch howl in his pack. What do you suppose he's saying?


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pupdate: The Three-Week-old Red Wolf Pups are Getting Older and Bolder



On the morning of May 2, 2015 critically endangered red wolf F1563 (a.k.a. Salty) gave birth to a litter of pups – a valuable contribution to the recovery of her rare and at-risk species. Unbeknownst to F1563, over the past three weeks a global audience has been watching the elusive mother groom and nurse her growing kiddos via live webcam. Enormous thanks to our community of red wolf watchers! They have been a great help to the WCC staff and volunteers by offering eyes and ears when our might be trained elsewhere. Some highlights over this last week include:
  • Eyes wide open!
  • Pups venturing to the edge of the den entrance
  • Mama wolf F1563 welcoming other family members in the den with the pups - One yearling daughter has been enlisted as her favorite puppy-sitter!
Follow the pups’ progress via the LIVE red wolf dencam today!



The Wolf Conservation Center is an environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America through science-based education programming and participation in the federal Species Survival Plans for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. Through wolves the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Wild Salute

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Monday, May 18, 2015

Meaty Feast for the Birthday Beast!



On Sunday May 17th, Ambassador Wolf Atka turned 13 years old! In his honor, the Wolf Conservation Center invited the community to celebrate Atka and all America’s wolves at a WILD reception featuring special guests U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (and Atka too!) at Winston – a New American restaurant in downtown Mount Kisco, NY!

Winston Executive Chef Michael Williams prepared a special “cake” for the birthday wolf – only the best for a powerful presence in the fight to preserve wolves’ rightful place in the environment! Howls of thanks Chef Michael and the great Winston team for treating Atka like the amazing creature he is. Happy birthday, Atka. We love you so.



Music: “All That Meat And No Potatoes” by Fats Waller

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ambassador Wolf Milestone - Atka Turns Thirteen!

Ambassador Wolf Atka is a Teenager

Today Ambassador Wolf Atka turns 13 years old! The confident and charismatic ambassador has won the hearts and opened the minds of tens of thousands of people in his 13 years. He’s a powerful presence in the fight to preserve wolves’ rightful place in the environment, and for the Wolf Conservation Center staff and volunteers, the best boss we’ll ever have.

Happy birthday, Atka. We love you so.




Friday, May 15, 2015

Mexican Gray Wolf F628 Celebrates Her Sweet Sixteen



F628 (a.k.a. Mrs. T.)is a beautiful 16-yr-old Mexican gray wolf who has called the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) home since fall of 2005. She resides off-exhibit with her companion, Mexican wolf M904 (a.k.a Trip). F628 is the most elusive wolf residing at the WCC, so it's a near miracle that our curator was able to capture her image. Elusive, swift, resilient - all tokens of her wild past.

HER HISTORY

F628 was born in the wild on May 15, 1999 to the original Pipestem family group. In 2002, U.S. Fish and Wildlife captured both she and her companion in New Mexico's Gila National Forest after a private landowner complained that the wolves were killing livestock. The couple was the last established pair of Mexican wolves from New Mexico.

Because of the capture of F628, Center for Biological Diversity and other organizations criticized the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management over their failures to address the problem of poor livestock husbandry. Cattle carcasses that remain untreated or left on the wild landscape can lead wolves to seek cattle as food. Thirteen years later, this remains a serious issue as federal agencies still don’t require livestock owners using public lands to take basic steps to prevent conflict. 

Happy Birthday, loba. We wish you could celebrate your sweet 16 in your rightful place on the wild landscape.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Red Wolf F1563 (Salty) Takes a Break from the Pups



On the morning of May 2, 2015 critically endangered red wolf F1563 (a.k.a. Salty) gave birth to a litter of pups -  a valuable contribution to the recovery of her rare and at-risk species.

 Being a mom is difficult work. But during a brief encounter caught on video today, mama wolf looks
 like she's taking her role in stride.



 Follow the pups' progress via live webcam

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Eleven-Day-Old Red Wolf Pups Get a Check-up



On the morning of May 2, 2015 critically endangered red wolf F1563 (a.k.a. Salty) gave birth to a litter of pups -- each no larger than a potato. These pups are not only adorable, they are a valuable contribution to the recovery of their rare and at-risk species.

Under Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) protocols, captive born pups must be checked at specific stages to take stock of their health, deworm, vaccinate etc...  On May 13th, the 11-day-old pups got their 2nd check-up and although one pup is significantly smaller than the others, they all look healthy.

 

Follow the pups' progress via the LIVE red wolf dencam.

The Wolf Conservation Center is an environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America through science-based education programming and participation in the federal Species Survival Plans for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. Through wolves the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Celebrate Wolves with Atka at a Free Reception at Winston

 

Feared and admired, cursed and revered, wolves are the stuff of legends and a symbol of America’s vanishing wilderness. Their reputation is larger than life; their role in the restoration of America’s wildlife heritage is bigger still. The passionate positive and negative responses that wolves inspire in people have left the issue of their recovery both contentious and undecided, but also full of promise. 

Join us to celebrate America’s wolves at a WILD reception featuring special guests U.S. Representative Nita Lowey with remarks by her, and Ambassador Wolf Atka at Winston – a New American restaurant in downtown Mount Kisco, NY!

In addition to an awe-inspiring encounter with this misunderstood predator, guests will learn about the history of wolves in the United States, the importance of wolves in a healthy ecosystem, and the efforts to save these essential creatures for future generations. Interactive activities, wolf crafts, and a surprise treat for Atka the birthday wolf! Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

Please RSVP to maggie@nywolf.org 
Sunday, May 17th 
4PM - 6PM 
Winston 
FREE

130 East Main Street in Mount Kisco, New York, a brief walk from the Metro North train station. Ample parking is available in the back of the restaurant.


Executive Chef Michael Williams, formerly chef/partner of local favorite The Perennial Chef, helms the kitchen, where he turns out both familiar favorites and innovative new dishes.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!



Wishing F749 (Bella), F613 (Mama), F628 (Mrs T), F1397 (Witch-hazel), F1563 (Salty) and all the mothers out there a wonderful Mother's Day!

Presently red wolf F1563 is the busiest mom at the Wolf Conservation Center. Join the awesome mom and her 8-day-old pups via live webcam!

 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born at the Wolf Conservation Center

 

 Mother’s Day came early for a critically endangered red wolf living at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in Westchester county. Yesterday morning red wolf F1563 (a.k.a. Salty) gave birth to a litter of pups -- each no larger than a potato.

     

WCC staff conducted the initial health check this morning and all 7 pups look healthy – 6 boys and 1 girl. These pups are not only adorable, they are a valuable contribution to the recovery of their rare and at-risk species. 



Follow the pups' progress on the WCC webcamsFacebook and Twitter.

Red wolf F1563 with pups on live webcam

Red wolves are among the world’s most endangered species; with just a few hundred animals in existence (and less than 100 in the wild), they are classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as “Critically Endangered.” Only one place on the planet are wild red wolf populations viable and secure – North Carolina. But the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission has asked the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to terminate the entire red wolf recovery program in North Carolina which would inevitably result in the loss of the last wild population of red wolves and render the species “Extinct in the Wild” and set an extremely dangerous precedent that will negatively impact all endangered species.

The Wolf Conservation Center is an environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America through science-based education programming and participation in the federal Species Survival Plans for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. Through wolves the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World.