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Shaba

Shaba

I am…curious, clever, and constantly learning. It’s in my nature – and the nature of my species. (It’s practically written on my coat. Can you spot it?) I am Shaba. Shaba, along with her brother Mikumi, sister Akili, and parents Destiny and Selous, arrived at the Endangered Wolf Center in the spring of 2016. No sooner than they were reunited as a pack, they began doing what African painted dogs do best: exploring. Among the most curious of all canids at our Center by nature, they eagerly explored their pond, dirt mound, and the large field of green grass reserved just for them. Shaba has a...

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Mack

Mack

I am…the resident goofball – even as a dad. While I’m as attentive and loving to my pups as they come, we share a favorite word. Play. I am Mack. Mack and his brother, Amigo, were born on May 8, 2013 at the Wolf Conservation Center in Salem, New York. As the only surviving litter of their parents, instantly the two pups became extremely genetically valuable to the Mexican wolf recovery. The Species Survival Plan (SSP) made the decision to have the pups hand-raised and fostered by a pair of adult wolves. The SSP is an effort by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help ensure the survival...

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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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