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Wolf Awareness Days to Celebrate the Lobo

Visitors can learn more about the Mexican gray wolf re-introduction program, talk with keepers.
The Mexican gray wolf was nearly wiped out during the last century, but thanks to breeding efforts like those at the ABQ BioPark, the apex predator is making a slow comeback.

Wolf Awareness Days will feature topics on Mexican gray wolf conservation and re-introduction efforts in the Southwest from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 19-21 at the ABQ BioPark Zoo.

"Over the years, the zoo has successfully bred wolves that have been released into the wild, and we have the green light from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to breed again," said Jo Pelhan, ABQ BioPark Zoo Education Specialist. "Join the ABQ BioPark Zoo for this event to learn more about wolves and have fun doing it. Visitors can observe our Mexican gray wolves and discover some interesting wolf behaviors from the BioPark's zookeepers and educators."

The ABQ BioPark Zoo has five Mexican gray wolves, including one pair recommended for breeding - Apache and Kawi. The facility has successfully bred 69 Mexican gray wolf pups over the years, which have contributed to the gene pool. A Mexican gray wolf at Brookfield Zoo that was originally from the ABQ BioPark sired two pups that were recently placed into a wild pack in Arizona.

Visitors can ask zookeepers questions about the Zoo's wolf pack during scheduled talks at 11 a.m. each day. Visitors also will have the opportunity to see wolf pelts, study bones and explore the adaptations that make wolves agile, expert hunters.

The event is included with regular admission.