From the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in the Coachella Valley, which is one of the zoos/animal sanctuaries participating in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program. Starting with fewer than 10 animals a few years ago, the total population at present has grown to 533 individuals, including 180 in the wild. Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago suburbs is another participant in the Recovery Program.
From the Living Desert:
The Mexican wolf is not only the rarest subspecies of grey wolf, but are also considered to be one of the rarest land mammals in the world. In the early 20th century, predator control programs were implemented by the government to encourage people to move and settle our west. Exterminating large predators, such as Mexican wolves meant less loss of livestock and more available game for people to hunt and feed their families. By the late 1960s, the Mexican wolf had nearly disappeared from the southwestern US. It was listed as endangered in 1976. In the 1990s, The Living Desert, along with other government and zoo experts from the US and Mexico quickly got to work to create a recovery plan to bring this species back from the brink of extinction.
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Brookfield Zoo, IL - 02.22.20
i met some friends at brookfield zoo today :)