Canis Lupus Baileyi - Mexican Wolf

Scott Denny

Green Bay, United States

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The Mexican Wolf is a subspecies of the Gray Wolf. It is native to North America, where it is the rarest and most genetically distinct subspecies.

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 at the United States and Mexico.

There are 47 Mexican Wolf breeding facilities in United States and Mexico with the largest in the world being the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center near Eureka, Missouri which was founded in 1971 by naturalist Marlin Perkins.

Another captive breeding center that was founded in 1977 is the California Wolf Center located in Julian, California. The Center is the third largest breeding and host facility for Mexican gray wolves in the United States.

Nearer to my home the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois and the Minnesota Zoo are also breeding and attempting to restablish the population of the Mexican Wolf. This photo was taken at the Brookfield Zoo.

This particular wolf and his brother are headed to Missouri most likely to continue with breeding efforts. I was told a pack of eight Mexican Wolves will replace the two brothers at the Brookfield Zoo.

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