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Photo: Four month old Mexican gray wolf pup "Max" during her puppy veterinary exam at the Wolf Conservation Center

Photo: Four month old Mexican gray wolf pup “Max” during her puppy veterinary exam at the Wolf Conservation Center

Meet Mexican gray wolf pup Max!

So many wonderful things are happening at the Wolf Conservation Center and we are excited to share a little news with you all. We are so lucky and grateful to have a wonderful supporter and volunteer named Max Toscano. The teen from Darien, Connecticut has a passion for wolves that is unparalleled. Max has been a part of the WCC family since he was 12 years old!

Max with Ambassador wolf Atka in 2014

Max with Ambassador wolf Atka in 2014

While our three little Mexican gray wolf pups were recently assigned their alphanumeric “names,” two of them have yet to receive proper names. It seemed only natural that one of them would be named after Max.

We introduce to you, little Max, one of our three feisty pups named in his honor!

Learn more about Max and her critically endangered kin here.

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Wolves are highly social animals that live in well-organized family units called packs. Cooperative living gives wolf families a number of benefits. In addition to facilitating successful hunting, pup-rearing, and defending pack territory, cooperative living allows wolves to limit their own population densities—or self-regulate—helping to keep their ecosystems in balance.

Unlike small mammals who multiply like bunnies or some predators who’s boom or bust depends on said bunnies, large carnivores like wolves keep their own numbers in check. According to a recent work published in OIKOS, population control is what distinguishes “apex predators” from the rest.

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