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The Mexican Wolf:
A Critically Endangered Species

The Mexican wolf is one of the most endangered animals in the world. During the late 1970s many scientists believe that the Mexican wolf went extinct in the wild (see one of the last wild wolves - "Diego").

Thanks to the efforts of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Mexican officials the last remaining animals were captured from the mountains of northern Mexico and brought to the United States where Zoos like the El Paso Zoo and many others worked together on a captive breeding program. As their numbers in Zoos and other breeding facilies increased wolves were finally released back into the wild in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico in 1998. Since then they have successfully reclaimed part of their native habitat, but as the wild population grew in size opponents to the the reintroduction program began to increase their efforts to illegally kill the few animals trying to survive in their new habitat.

You can help the Mexican wolf by contacting your elected representatives in Congress or the Senate and asking them to help organizations like Defenders of Wildlife, Southwest Environmental Center, and the Lobos of the Southwest in their efforts to work with State and Federal Governments. *****Report all of your actions by email to the Education Curator Rick

To learn more about suggested ways you can help Mexican wolves read the latest news and see the What You Can Do section on the Lobos of the Southwest website. To contact your elected representatives look up the contact information of your Representative in Congress, your Representative in the Senate, or call them directly by looking up phone numbers by entering your zip code. You can also call President Obama and ask for his help by calling the White House Comment line at 202-456-1111. Calls are answered El Paso time (Mountain) between 7am and 3pm Monday to Friday.

For more information on Mexican wolves visit the Defenders of Wildlife Information Page.

Two female Mexican wolves live at the El Paso Zoo. Learn More about the Mexican Wolf


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