Afternoon Siesta - Mexican Gray Wolf

Jeff Weymier

De Pere, United States

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This past weekend was spent at the Minnesota Zoo with my friend and fellow redbubble member Scott Denny. The zoo is a great place for photographers to get up close and personal with several different types of animals including this Mexican Gray Wolf. The zoo is one of only a few in the Nation that has this type of wolf. The Mexican Wolf is the smallest Gray Wolf subspecies present in North America. Reaching an overall length no greater than 1.2–1.5 metres (3.9–4.9 ft) and a maximum height of about 80 centimetres (31 in), it is around the size of a German Shepherd. Weight ranges from 27–37 kilograms (60–82 lb). In stature, it resembles some European wolves, though its head is usually broader, its neck thicker, its ears longer and its tail shorter. Until recent times, the Mexican Wolf ranged the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts from central Mexico to western Texas, southern New Mexico, and central Arizona. By the turn of the 20th century, reduction of natural prey like deer and elk caused many wolves to begin attacking domestic livestock, which led to intensive efforts by government agencies and individuals to eradicate the Mexican Wolf. Hunters also hunted down the wolf because it killed deer. Trappers and private trappers have also helped in the eradication of the Mexican Wolf. These efforts were very successful, and by the 1950s, the Mexican Wolf had been eliminated from the wild. In 1976, the Mexican Wolf was declared an endangered subspecies and has remained so ever since. Today, an estimated 340 Mexican Wolves survive in 49 facilities in the United States and Mexico. They are beautiful animals and Scotts photos of these are amazing. He has spent many a day here and at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois capturing their beauty. I only hope that some day they will once again be seen in the wild where they belong.

Factual information about the Mexican Gray Wolf was found on Wikipedia.

Taken at the Minnesota Zoo
Apple Valley, MN

Canon 60D
Tamron 200-500mm

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