Two Mexican gray wolves landed safely at the Olympia Regional Airport Monday and were driven to the Wolf Haven International wolf sanctuary, strengthening the Tenino facility’s captive breeding program for the endangered predator.
The 5- and 8-year-old female wolves are from El Paso, Texas and Albuquerque, N.M. They were transported to Wolf Haven to assist with an ongoing Mexican gray wolf breeding program that has produced five liters [sic] of pups and released 11 wolves into the wild in the last 16 years, according to a Wolf Haven International press release.
According to the release, the rare Mexican gray wolves are one of the most endangered animals in the world. There are 24 of the wolves roaming free in the U.S. All are radio-collared. Another 238 live in captivity in Mexico and the U.S.
In the coming months the older wolf will be bred. The younger will receive a contraceptive implant and be put into an enclosure with two pre-release males.
To read the full article, published by The Daily News on November 2, 2010, click here. A similar article appeared in the Seattle Times on November 3, 2010.
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Photo credit: Mexican wolf at the Cincinnati Zoo, courtesy of Trisha Shears