Mexico receives wolves for reintroduction program

This male Mexican wolf has been transported from the ABQ BioPark to Mexico, where it will be released into the wild. Credit: ABQ BioPark

Mexico is receiving a pack of endangered Mexican wolves to boost the country’s efforts to conserve the species. The ABQ BioPark in Albuquerque loaded a pair of Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyii) and their seven pups in the first international pack release. Once they learn to survive on their own, they’ll be released into the wild.

“We’re excited and sad at the same time,” Erin Flynn, ABQ BioPark mammal curator, said in a statement. “It’s a zoo’s dream to directly help a wild population like this. It’s even more powerful and touching for us that it’s our beloved lobo that we’re helping.”

About 30 wolves are believed to roam Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental. Another 163 have been counted in southern Arizona and New Mexico.

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