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Atohi

Atohi

I am…bold, yet shy. My kind may be underdogs in the wild. But America loves an underdog who doesn’t quit. And I’m as all-American as they get. I am Atohi. “If you shrug off a loss, you can’t be a winner.” These words were a key philosophy behind the great Vince Lombardi, one of the most legendary coaches and inspiring leaders in the history of America’s National Football League. In 1980, America appeared to be in the final seconds of losing one of its own. That year the red wolf, the only wolf native to the US, was declared extinct in the wild. Extinct. Any hope of a late-game comeback...

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Daisy

Daisy

I am…a two-pound attention hound. But don’t underestimate my resilience. I can survive some of the harshest conditions on the planet. I am Daisy. There’s small but mighty, and then there’s mighty small. Fennec foxes happen to be both. Meet Daisy, a member of the world’s smallest canid species, found mostly in northern Africa and the Sahara Desert. This half-pint predator weighs in at only two pounds and a few ounces, fully grown. Daisy was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on April 4, 2015. She came to us when the Zoo extended the opportunity for us to join the Fennec Fox SSP (Species Survival...

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Meet Lucky, the first cross-fostered maned wolf pup

Lucky is making news – and history – as the first-ever cross-fostered maned wolf. The Endangered Wolf Center recently teamed up with the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Conservation Biology Institute and Zoo Boise in what has become the first ever attempt to foster a maned wolf. It’s a success story born out of peril. Born May 5 to a maned wolf at Zoo Boise who was unable to raise her litter, “Lucky” was the only surviving pup. Zoo Boise hand-raised her for about a week, hoping to soon foster her into another maned wolf family. Because of our expertise in raising wolf pups, the Endangered Wolf...

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Wolves and cheetahs face similar challenges

They are half a world apart, but the story of wolves in the United States and cheetahs in Africa is strikingly similar. Recently, Dr. Laurie Marker, the founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and Virginia Busch, the executive director of the Endangered Wolf Center, sat down to discuss the challenges of saving endangered cheetahs, wolves and other predators.  To mark International Cheetah Day  (Friday, Dec. 4), the two organizations have posted videos of their conversation. “Whenever I hear you speak about how important top predators are to the African landscape,”...

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Rogue

Rogue

I am…bold, inquisitive, and a symbol of hope for a lineage nearly lost. I just may be its lucky charm. I am Rogue Rogue was born at the Endangered Wolf Center on May 20, 2013. She is our “lucky 13,” also being the 1,300th Mexican wolf born into the recovery program since it was initiated in 1982 – a remarkable feat for a species that once had a breeding population of just seven individuals. Rogue’s parents, Madre and Perkins, are descended from what is known as the McBride lineage, believed to be the last wild Mexican wolves, which were captured and brought into managed breeding efforts in...

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