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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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