On March 29, 1998, 11 captive-reared Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) were released to the wild for the first time in the Blue Range Recovery Area of Arizona and New Mexico. Missing from the landscape for more than 30 years, the howl of the rarest and most unique subspecies of gray wolf, was once again greeted by the mountains of the southwest.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of this historic event, a significant milestone for the lobo and wildlife conservation. However, there are less than 75 Mexican gray wolves roaming the wilds of the Southwest, and their further recovery faces critical challenges.
In recognition of the anniversary and in an effort to mobilize an appreciation for the Mexican wolf or “lobo” and our efforts to successfully restore this critically endangered wolf to its ancestral home in the wild, Wolfwatcher’s Chris Cross designed both the logo for this noteworthy occasion as well as this t-shirt which, when worn, will inspire an awareness for this critically endangered species in America’s Southwest.
All the proceeds from the sale of Wolfwatcher’s Lobo t-shirt will be dedicated to our educational initiatives about Mexican gray wolves and their recovery as well as supporting efforts already underway in the region that ensure the lobo’s future viability in the wild.