EL PASO, Texas – On Monday morning, photographer and journalist Christina Selby began a 2-day photo shoot with the El Paso Zoo’s Mexican wolves. These photos will be an important piece of Selby’s portfolio, which she is developing to support long-term Mexican wolf conservation.
“I am creating a portfolio of images that powerfully tells the story of Mexican wolves,” explained Selby. “I hope to be able to dispel myths about wolf behavior, shed light on the challenges the wolves face, and support the important recovery work that’s happening in our region.”
During her time at the Zoo, Selby will work with zookeepers to photograph the wolves inside their habitat. She will also set up a motion-triggered camera that will allow for closer, more intimate photos.
“The work that zoos do to protect endangered species is really important,” Selby said, “especially as the wild population is struggling. Zoos will play an increasingly important conservation role going forward and I’m excited to be able to document those efforts here at the El Paso Zoo.”
Supporting Selby’s work is one of the many ways that the El Paso Zoo is investing in Mexican wolf recovery. In October, Zoo staff members assisted conservation organizations in building boundary fences to protect wild wolf populations in the Gila Wilderness. In addition, during two separate trips in November, members of the Zoo staff helped round up wolves near Truth or Consequences for physical exams, vaccines, and parasite treatments that prepared them for being released into the wild in Mexico.
“It’s all about partnering,” said Zoo Director Steve Marshall. “No one organization can do it all on their own, but by joining together, we are actively saving animals from extinction. I am very proud that the El Paso Zoo is able to consistently support such important conservation and recovery efforts.”
To learn more about Christina Selby, visit christinamselby.com.
For more information about the El Paso Zoo, visit elpasozoo.org.
Image used on homepage is © Christina Selby, 2016