By Madeleine Thomas
Centuries before Krista Beazley was born, her ancestors in the White Mountain Apache Tribe believed that a sacred connection existed between them and their land, an inseparability between nature and the human soul. This bond is known in the Apache language as shin ne’. The tribe honors all living things but held one species in particular esteem: the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi). Admired for its skill and strength, the species once roamed Apache lands in abundance. Today it is endangered. Thus it seems only fitting that Beazley, a biologist, helps her tribe work for the wolf’s survival. “¦
To read the full article, published in the Winter 2010 issue of The Wildlife Professional, click here.
To learn how you can help save endangered Mexican gray wolves, click here.
Photo credit: Mexican gray wolf courtesy of the AZ Zoological Society