From Wolf Haven’s Press Release:
“A Mexican gray wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) was developed with a goal of restoring the mammal through captive breeding and reintroduction to historic ranges. And on March 29, 1998, in white-out conditions, captive-born Mexican wolves stepped out into the wild for the first time in 15 years.
In 1994, Wolf Haven International was selected to participate in the SSP program. Since that time, the sanctuary has produced five litters of Mexican gray pups and released two packs – 11 wolves – into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Some of the first Mexican wolves released back into the wild came from Wolf Haven (which is one of only three pre-release facilities for the Mexican wolf in the United States).
During the week of March 23 30, SSP facilities, wildlife advocacy organizations, Wolf Education Centers and individuals will come together with one common purpose – to educate the public about this most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America, the Mexican gray wolf. The hashtag #LoboWeek will be used as we share information about this beautiful, endangered animal.