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In the News: Wolves with STL ties being released into wild

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (posted 4/15/14)

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April 09, 2014 By Joe Holleman  jholleman@post-dispatch.com

The Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka is celebrating one victory in Arizona, and preparing for a second.

Working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the center is playing a key role in releasing two Mexican wolves into the Arizona wilderness. Only 85 Mexican wolves are known to exist in the wild.

"These wolves represent hope that an endangered species can be saved from the brink of extinction," said Regina Mossotti, the center's director of animal care and conservation.

A female wolf released last week was born at the center.  Another female, the daughter of a wolf born at the center, is set to be released today. The two have been paired with males that were recently caught in the wild.

The center was founded in 1971 by legendary STL Zoo director Marlin Perkins and his wife, Carol. Its aim is to preserve and protect Mexican gray wolves, red wolves and other wild canid species.

This article was published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Photo courtesy of the Endangered Wolf Center

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