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Red Wolf M1803 (affectionately nicknamed “Moose”) has a personality that matches his nickname and large frame. Born to F1397 (“Witchhazel”) in 2010, M1803 was the largest of the litter – his brother, M1804, was much smaller in size.

At a few years of age M1803 was transferred to the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut to be with his predetermined mate, F1563. The Species Survival Plan (SSP) management group for the red wolf determines which wolves should be bred each year by using software developed for the population management of endangered species. This is necessary because all red wolves descended from just 14 founders rescued from extinction. Genetic diversity is the primary consideration in the selection of red wolf breeding pairs and M1803 and F1563 were a great match on paper. Luckily, they proved to be a loving pair in real life.

He first fathered a litter with F1563 in 2014 and wolf supporters rejoiced as the pair gave birth to three pups. The new family soon grew too large for their enclosure and they were transferred back to the WCC; our supporters (and M1803’s mother, F1397) were extremely excited to welcome the newest residents.

It’s been non-stop parenting for M1803. F1563 gave birth to a litter of five pups in 2015 and M1803 was a doting father and husband, frequently bringing food to his mate and allowing his pups to climb all over him. What a great guy!

Unfortunately, the past week has been bittersweet for M1803. His loving companion, F1563, passed away on April 31, 2016, leaving behind her mate and six children. Her family, along with WCC staff and a global fan base, mourned her loss but was comforted by the unwavering presence of M1803. He has continued to play the role of benevolent patriarch, joining his yearling pups in celebrating their first birthday on May 2nd and leading many melodious howls.

So join us in sending congratulatory howls to Moose for persevering through trying times and providing strong leadership for a new generation of red wolves.

Happy birthday, M1803!

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A year ago today on May 2, 2015, critically endangered red wolf F1563 (a.k.a. Salty) gave birth to a litter of pups – all of them beautiful and each pup a valuable contribution to the recovery of his and her rare and at-risk species.

Today a new chapter begins for red “pups” m2116, m2117, m2118, m2119 and f2121, it’s their time to transition from puppy-hood to adulthood! So throw back your head and let out a long celebratory birthday howl for the Red Wolf Pup Fab Five! Welcome to yearling-hood, kiddos! And thank you for unknowingly becoming such powerful players in the fight to preserve red wolves’ rightful place in the wild! ‪

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The new year started on a sad note for Mexican gray Wolf M1198. On December 27th, 2015, his formerly strong and spirited companion, Mexican wolf F749, passed away at 13 years old.

Although M1198 (affectionately nicknamed “Alleno”) and F749 were not officially related, over their two year relationship the pair shared a bond very much like a mother and son.
Ever since F749’s passing, M1198 has lived the life of a lone wolf. However the elusive beauty won’t be alone much longer. This August the Species Survival Plan (SSP) management group for the Mexican gray wolf will determine breeding pairs for 2017 by using software developed for the population management of endangered species. Genetic diversity is the primary consideration in the selection of Mexican wolf breeding pairs because all Mexican wolves descended from just 7 founders rescued from extinction. So M1198 will be matched with a female with whom he’ll meet this fall. She’ll be a lucky loba as M1198 is particularly stunning. His signature stare is unforgettable – one eye golden and the other green.

So on his birthday, we hope M1198 enjoys the relaxing life of a bachelor. It will be hard to find the downtime next year when he’s celebrating with his future mate and perhaps a litter of golden-green-eyed pups too!

Happy birthday, M1198!

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