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Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

Mexican gray wolves are considered one of the rarest land mammals in the world. With less than 400 wolves left, they deserve the label of critically endangered. Predator control programs from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s caused the near extinction of this unique wolf. By the late 1960s, the Mexican gray wolf had virtually disappeared in the southwestern United States. It was listed as endangered on the federal endangered species list in 1976.

The Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan is a group of institutions working to restore Mexican gray wolves to the Southwestern United States and Mexico. A very important aspect of this plan is a captive breeding program. With only 13 individuals left in the world at one point, a captive population was critical to prevent Mexican gray wolf extinction. Of the approximately 50 centers and zoos participating in the program, the California Wolf Center is currently one of the largest.

Since joining the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan in 1997 we have had numerous Mexican gray wolf litters born at our center, of which several wolves have been released into the wild! We also fund nonlethal, proactive tools in the Southwestern wild, promoting coexistence and long term tolerance for wolves. Make a donation to support our efforts to recover Mexican gray wolves!

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A donation to the Mexican Wolf Fund means you are directly donating to save the lives of Mexican gray wolves as human caused mortality continues to be the number one cause of death for this critically endangered wolf. Help us bring coexistence to the Southwest!

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