Learn about North America's smallest gray wolf.
Posted October 16, 2013. Photo courtesy of Thomas Schwartz.
The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) is the smallest gray wolf subspecies and the most endangered wolf in North America. Their territory once extended from Central Mexico to areas of New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. The Mexican gray wolf was eliminated from the wild by the 1950s and was listed as an endangered species under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1976.
Just 15 years ago the first Mexican gray wolves were released back into the wild as part of a reintroduction program. The ABQ BioPark is an important part of this program and acts as a holding facility for the wolves in cooperation with local and state agencies. Learn more about Mexican gray wolves and their reintroduction into the Southwest during Wolf Awareness Days on October 18–20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m daily.
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