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Mexican Gray Wolves

These endangered animals used to play an important role in New Mexico's ecosystem.

Wolf

When Visiting...

  • Meet Albuquerque's wolf pack.
  • Step up to the viewing window and peek through trees to find wolves.
  • Get hands-on with biofacts during Wolf Awareness Days.

 

Photo courtesy of Tallon Melton.

Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi), also known as lobos, inhabit ponderosa pine forests and pine/oak foothills. Social and intelligent, wolves live in packs consisting of a dominant male and female – the alpha pair – and their offspring. They communicate through body postures, facial expressions, scent-marking and howling.

Wolves rarely fight within their own packs. Instead, they cooperate, especially during a hunt. They eat small game, deer and elk.

Our Actions Matter

Although wolves are rarely aggressive towards people, many settlers in the late 1800s viewed wolves as a threat to human and livestock safety. A campaign to eliminate wolves using traps, guns and poisons wiped out wild Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico by the mid-1920s. The wolf was classified as endangered in 1976.

Conservation efforts are helping protect Mexican gray wolves:

  • Captive breeding under the Wolf Recovery Plan aims to restore lobos to their native southwest territory.
  • The ABQ BioPark is a holding facility for wolves and cooperates with State and Federal agencies in reintroduction efforts.
  • You can sponsor a wolf by becoming a Zoo Parent.

Resources and Links

Wolf Photos

View slideshow on Flickr.

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