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EWC Service Provider Victim of Cyberattack

Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on EWC Service Provider Victim of Cyberattack

We were recently notified about a data security incident our third-party vendor, Blackbaud Inc., experienced. The Endangered Wolf Center takes the protection and proper use of your information very seriously.

At this time, we understand that Blackbaud discovered and stopped a ransomware attack. After discovering the attack, Blackbaud’s Cyber Security team—together with independent forensics experts and law enforcement— successfully prevented the cybercriminal from blocking their system access and fully encrypting files; and ultimately expelled the threat from their system. Prior to locking the cybercriminal out, the cybercriminal removed a copy of a backup file which contained some information about our donors. This occurred at some point beginning on February 7, 2020 and continued through May 20, 2020, during which time the cybercriminal could have been intermittently attempting to access data.

It’s important to note that, according to Blackbaud’s investigation, the cybercriminal did not access credit card information, bank account information, or social security numbers. However, we have determined that the file removed may have contained contact information, demographic information, and a history of donors’ relationships with our organization, such as donation dates and amounts and events attended. As part of its response efforts, Blackbaud paid the cybercriminal’s demand and received confirmation that the copy that was removed had been destroyed. Based on the nature of the incident, Blackbaud’s research, and third party (including law enforcement) investigation, Blackbaud has informed us that it has no reason to believe that any data went beyond the cybercriminal, was or will be misused, or will be disseminated or otherwise made available publicly.

We sincerely apologize for this third-party vendor breach and regret any inconvenience it may cause. Should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter and/or the protections available to you, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (636) 938-9306 or [email protected] Below is a link to an account of what transpired as it has been communicated to us by our service provider.

For more information you can visit www.blackbaud.com/securityincident

Enter to Win Our Wolf T-Shirt Design Contest!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Enter to Win Our Wolf T-Shirt Design Contest!

 

Attention Artists, Designers, and Creatives of all ages…

We are excited to announce our Wolf T-shirt design contest! The winner will have their design featured on our next t-shirt.

Each t-shirt campaign we create serves as a fundraiser for our care and conservation efforts of endangered animals. That means YOU can be a part of this important work by using your talents to have a positive impact on wildlife.

We’re looking for art and designs that focus on our wolves- Mexican wolves and American red wolves!

Did you know that our last t-shirt campaign featured the art of 10-year-old Bella, a pack member of the Endangered Wolf Center since 2014?

Submissions are due by 9/25/20.

After reviewing, finalists will be posted on our social media for public voting!

Get inspired by checking out our online t-shirt store!

Fill out this form to submit your entry. From there, we will select our favorites that will move to a round of public voting on our social media pages! A winner will be announced in October and t-shirts featuring the design will be made available in our store.

 

Submit Your Entry

 

Rules:

1) Make sure that the upload is a .AI, .EPS, or .PDF vector image. .PNG, and .JPG files are also acceptable.

2) For best results please upload art with a transparent background and a resolution of at least 1500 x 1500 pixels.

3) Please do not include any words with your design.

4) Maximum file size per design is 10 Mb.

5) Up to 5 designs can be submitted per form.

6. Design must be wholly original. By submitting a design, you are guaranteeing that you hold original rights to everything in it, that it may be printed on t-shirts, advertised, and reproduced in any other way the Endangered Wolf Center sees fit and that it does not contain any copyright material.

7. The Endangered Wolf Center reserves the right to make adjustments to all entries, including colors of the design and the shirt.

8. Design must feature a wolf or multiple wolves.

 

Get Inspired!

Spring Private Tour

Webinar Speaker Series: African Painted Dog Conservation with Dr. Greg Rasmussen

Posted by on Aug 10, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Webinar Speaker Series: African Painted Dog Conservation with Dr. Greg Rasmussen

 

 

Join the Endangered Wolf Center and world-renowned biologist Dr. Greg Rasmussen for an educational, adventurous webinar that will transport you to the wilds of Africa to learn about the endangered African painted dog.

Dr. Greg will share insight into their family dynamics, conservation techniques, and his first-hand experiences educating and researching this fascinating species.

The cost per ticket is $25, which will directly support our pack of 15 African painted dogs that call the Endangered Wolf Center home. A portion of the proceeds will support the Painted Dog Research Trust to further conservation in the wild.

Space is limited, so reserve your virtual seat today!

About Our Speaker

Dr. Greg Rasmussen began researching endangered African painted dogs in Zimbabwe in 1989 and has since become a world leader and expert in the study and conservation of painted dogs.

Founder of Painted Dog Conservation and the Painted Dog Research Trust, Dr. Greg’s mission has evolved to encompass an innovative model of conservation that tackles ecological and socioeconomic issues that impinge on Africa’s most endangered predator.

Meaningful conservation, achieved by the education of children and mentorship of young Zimbabwean and international university students, has proven successful with the national pack size doubling thanks to these dedicated efforts.

Dr. Greg is a research associate and part-time lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe; he is also affiliated with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University in the UK where he completed his Ph.D.

He is unswerving in his commitment to conservation and to all who wish to become a part of saving nature.

You’re Invited: Virtual Members’ Day June 20th

Posted by on Jun 4, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on You’re Invited: Virtual Members’ Day June 20th

Virtual Member's Day

On Saturday, June 20th, we’d like to give thanks to all of the Endangered Wolf Center’s most loyal and supportive members for the role they have in our efforts to save endangered species and improve our environment.

This virtual event is an exciting new format now available to EWC members across the world. Enjoy an inside view of the Center’s mission presented by its leaders and animal care staff. Rare and special footage of some of the most endangered animals will be featured. This is a family friendly event for all ages.

Only current and registered members will be admitted on Zoom, please register for one of the following sessions. Additional add on tickets for guests of members are available to purchase.

11:00 a.m. CDT Meet with the Keepers
This is an exclusive event for our Wolf Guardian ($500) and above members.

Meet with the Keepers Event
promo code: MWK2020 for two devices

2:00 p.m. CDT Members’ Day Celebration
This is an event to celebrate all of our members.

Members’ Day Celebration
promo code: MembersDay2020 for two devices

Please RSVP by Thursday, June 18, 2020: 636-938-5900 or email [email protected].

Not a member but want to attend this event? Join now at https://www.endangeredwolfcenter.org/membership/pack-partner/

Wolf Pups Fostered to the Wild Despite Pandemic

Posted by on May 28, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Wolf Pups Fostered to the Wild Despite Pandemic

Endangered Wolf Pups Fostered to the Wild Despite Pandemic

 

COVID-19 has brought on unique challenges in all corners of the earth. 

While news of the pandemic crisis dominated the headlines, the Endangered Wolf Center worked to ensure conservation was not paused. This pandemic has driven home the fact that our environment, when out of balance, can lead to negative ramifications for wildlife and for humans.

 

The Mexican wolf plays a crucial role in the balance of their ecosystems.

 

The Endangered Wolf Center focuses on returning keystone species, such as the critically endangered Mexican wolf, to their native habitat. Wolves and other large carnivores were eradicated from the landscape in the late 1800s and early 1900s before humans realized the vital role they play in keeping the ecosystem balanced and healthy.

“Understanding how human health is linked to our ecosystem’s health shines a light on the importance of these foster efforts,” said Virginia Busch, CEO of the Endangered Wolf Center. “Now more than ever we need to prioritize restoring damaged ecosystems, saving endangered species and protecting our remaining wildlife and wildlands.”

Mexican wolves are a critically endangered wolf native to the Southwestern United States. Once numbering in the hundreds of thousands, extermination programs and habitat loss have led to a dramatic decline. Today there are less than 200 left in the wild, and they are mostly found in Arizona and New Mexico.

 

Mexican wolf pups are given veterinary exams prior to their journey to the wild.

 

Since the first successful captive-to-wild foster in 2016, we have employed a ground-breaking, innovative conservation technique to grow the fragile population of the Mexican wolf, fostering Mexican wolf pups from human care into wild Mexican wolf dens in Arizona and New Mexico. While still in the beginning stages of this effort, every year we are looking into ways to improve and develop this new technique so it is as successful as possible.

 

Historic Collaborative Conservation Work


Despite the added challenges of continuing critical conservation efforts during a global pandemic, the Endangered Wolf Center flew nine critically endangered Mexican wolf pups to Arizona to be fostered by three separate wild packs in New Mexico and Arizona this spring.

It has been a record-breaking foster season; 20 total pups have been placed in the wild this spring from five different zoos and conservation facilities, a 67% increase over the previous highest record which saw 12 pups fostered to the wild in 2019.

Also notable, the Endangered Wolf Center is proud to announce that this was the first time nine pups born in human care have been “adopted out” from one facility at the same time. Since captive-to-wild foster efforts started in 2016, 50 captive pups have been placed into wild dens, more than half of which were born at the Endangered Wolf Center.

Outside of Aero Charter’s plane, Regina Mossotti (back right) and Rachel Broom (back left) handing pups to veterinarians, Dr. Ole (l) and Dr. Allen (r) with the AZ Game and Fish Department.

 

“This effort took major collaborations between our EWC staff, individual donors, and government agencies. The power of collaboration – when all of these entities successfully work together – is essential to save species like the Mexican wolf,” said Rachel Broom, Director of Development, who traveled along with the pups to their new homes.

 

Normally pups are transported on commercial flights, however, for the safety and health of the staff, that was not a possibility this year due to Covid-19 risks. Fosters would not have happened this year without the generous donation of flights on private planes provided by LightHawk and pilot Michael Schroeder, Luxco, Aero Charter and Ray Van de Riet. 

Expeditions at the Endangered Wolf Center were also funded by individuals sponsoring each puppy (Mary Ann Amsinger, Mike Crecelius, Jane Habbegger, Peg Kaltenthaler, Celeste Ruwwe, Linda Straubinger, Doug and Joyce Wiley and Karen Winnick). 

Veterinary equipment and carriers were provided by Chewy, Patterson Veterinary, and CareVet to help keep the pups safe and healthy. Dr. Rhiannon McKnight and Dr. Tammy Smith performed veterinary exams and services.

Wake me up when I get to be WILD!

The nine pups born at the EWC in April (male pups “Jose”, “Bandelier” and “Rusty” and female pups “Regina”, “Nora”, “Sidonia”, “JeanTabaka”, “Kachina” and “Grace”) were placed into the Elkhorn, San Mateo and Dark Canyon Packs. 

“The Mexican wolf is one of the most critically endangered mammals in the world, and pushing fosters forward is vital to saving this amazing wolf,” said Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation at the Endangered Wolf Center. “As always, this foster was a great example of the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Species Survival Plan (SSP), and the states working together to seize a unique opportunity to help Mexican wolves.”

 

How & Why Fostering Wolves Works

 

Fostering is a conservation strategy that takes wolf pups born in one litter and places them with another litter in the wild with the hope that the wolf mother will adopt the new additions as her own. With fewer than 200 Mexican wolves left in the wild, these nine pups born at the Endangered Wolf Center represent vital new genetics needed for a critically endangered population. 

Placing Mexican wolf pups from managed care into a wild Mexican wolf litter not only helps increase the population size in the wild but also helps increase genetic diversity in a critically endangered species. Mexican wolves in the SSP’s captive population have higher genetic diversity than the wild population.

“When you are talking about a tiny endangered population, genetics play an important role in whether that population survives. Good genetic diversity allows the population to be healthier, and to hopefully grow and thrive,” said Mossotti. The foster technique also provides a unique opportunity for wild parents (with wild experience and an established territory) to raise and teach the pups how to survive.

 

Pup from Endangered Wolf Center being placed into wild Elkhorn Pack litter by Arizona Game and Fish biologist. Photo Credit; Arizona Game and Fish Department

 

Fostering works because wolf mothers have extremely strong maternal instincts to care for their pups.

Wolf mothers clean, nurse, and protect their young babies and that bond is forged in the first few weeks of the pups’ lives. In addition, we help secure the mother’s bond with the new pups by taking care to help the pups born at the Endangered Wolf Center “blend” in with their new wild brothers and sisters. We make sure not to get our scent on them when we perform their health exam, feed them, and during transportation.

When the pups get to their new wild home, the field team takes dirt from the wild den and rubs it on the foreign pups. They also have the wild and captive-born pups urinate and defecate on each other to cover any unfamiliar smells and ensure that all the pups smell much like each other as possible. Because of the strong bond and nurturing nature of the wolf mothers, when she gets back to the den after the new pups have been added, she accepts them as her own. 

 

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to Keep us from Fostering Wolves

 

Endangered Wolf Center team boarding the Aero Charter plane in St. Louis with pups heading to the recovery area in AZ.

 

Extreme mountainous terrain and other logistics make fostering a challenge, and the timing has to be just right. Wild and captive litters have to be born within a few days of one another, and the transfer from managed care to the wild has to occur before the pups are fourteen days old. 

“Wolves give birth any time between the beginning of April to mid-May, but timing of the birth of wild pups has to be within just a few days of our pups…to say nothing of the logistics,” said Mossotti. “There are weather considerations, flights and travel, personnel, locating wild dens, securing funding—all pieces of the puzzle have to come together very quickly to get this accomplished.”  

This year’s operation almost did not occur due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the team came together quickly to develop a protocol to keep the humans and the animals protected during the conservation efforts. 

 

LightHawk pilot Mike Schroeder loading precious cargo (Nora, JeanTabaka, and Grace) into his plane. Mike woke up at 3 am to ensure the pups arrived at their destination early and minimizing their time away from a mother.

 

Overcoming the logistics makes the success of the project all the more remarkable. Sedgwick County Zoo (Wichita, KS), California Wolf Center (Julian, CA), Phoenix Zoo (Phoenix, AZ), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility (La Joya, NM) also fostered pups this year. 

“I am proud of our Center’s role in this historic effort,” said Mark Cross, Executive Director of the Endangered Wolf Center. “This foster season was the definition of teamwork. Collaboration is key to the Endangered Wolf Center’s mission and helps to ensure conservation successes like this year’s fosters continue.”

“Being wild is hard, and the successful recovery of an endangered species is a constant challenge,” said Busch. Efforts such as this foster are examples of how conservation for the Mexican wolf is moving in a positive direction – and the Endangered Wolf Center is proud to play a role in it.”

Thanks to the many individuals and organizations making this possible, twenty more Mexican wolves will grow up wild in 2020. This incredible story shows that when a determined group of people works together, they can make great things happen.

 

We would like to thank our many collaborating partners: 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan
Arizona Game and Fish Department
New Mexico Fish and Game Department
USDA Forest Service
USDA Wildlife Service
White Mountain Apache Tribe
and all of the Interagency Field Teams

 

Thank you to our Wildlife Release Heroes:
Expeditions were funded by individuals sponsoring each puppy.

Mary Ann Amsinger
Mike Crecelius
Jane Habbegger
Peg Kaltenthaler
Celeste Ruwwe
Linda Straubinger
Doug and Joyce Wiley
Karen Winnick

Donn Lux, Rachel Broom, Regina Mossotti, Michele, Andrew, and Phillip Lux provided well wishes to the puppies before their flight. The second expedition was made possible by Luxco, Aero Charter, and Ray Van de Riet, Jr.

Aircraft Transportation Sponsors: 

LightHawk
Luxco
Aero Charter
Ray Van de Riet, Jr.

We also thank Laura Holland O’Brien and the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA).


Veterinary Supply Sponsors:

Chewy
Patterson Veterinary
CareVet


Dr. Rhiannon McKnight and Dr. Tammy Smith performed veterinary exams and services.

EWC Executive Director, Mark Cross, and Dr. Rhiannon McKnight examines pups before their journey to the airport. Photo Credit: Grubb-Endangered Wolf Center

 

If you would like to become a Wildlife Release Hero, please make a donation here and mention “Wildlife Release Fund” in the comments section.

DONATE

 

 

To learn more, attend our upcoming Webinar: A Pup’s Journey to the Wild

Join wildlife biologist and Director of Animal Care and Conservation Regina Mossotti on a wild conservation journey as she shares her first-hand experience of cross-fostering endangered wolf pups into the wild. 

 Being held on May 28 at 5:30 PM CT – these limited tickets are $15 and all funds will help us continue this important conservation work.

REGISTER FOR WEBINAR

“Tails” from the Wild – Mexican Wolf Survey

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on “Tails” from the Wild – Mexican Wolf Survey

“Tails” from the Wild – Mexican Wolf Survey

In January, some of our staff participated in important conservation efforts to survey the Mexican wolf population in the wild.

The main goal? To see if the population for this endangered wolf is growing. For our team, we were hoping to learn whether or not our cross-foster efforts of the 2019 season were successful.

Regina Mossotti (left) and Rachel Crosby (right) with the Interagency Field Team (IFT) as the IFT prepares to do an aerial survey of the Mexican wolf population in New Mexico and Arizona.

 

Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation at the Endangered Wolf Center, shares a highlight of their journey:

“On the 3rd day of the survey, an uncollared, unidentified male Mexican wolf was darted, captured, and brought to the processing team to check for a microchip. We were excited when we heard the microchip reader “bing” because we knew he was a fostered pup.

We discovered that it was Max, one of the pups born at the Endangered Wolf Center and fostered with his four brothers and sisters into the Freiborn Pack in New Mexico. To see in person that this groundbreaking foster effort was successful and that he was healthy and thriving adult in the wild was an incredible moment.

The collaboration between U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), Interagency Field Team, and the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan (Mexican Wolf SSP) is making an impact and helping to save this critically endangered wolf – working together is what it’s all about.”

Rachel Crosby (left) with Alison Greenleaf (FWS-middle) and Regina Mossotti (right) with a sedated Mexican wolf. The team is drawing blood to determine the genetics and health of the wolf.

 

During the survey, wolves are tranquilized, examined for health assessments, and collared. The collar helps to track and learn about the wolves so that we can ensure that the conservation efforts are working.

We are proud of our collaborative efforts to save this species. As the saying goes, “It takes a village”. Saving species requires innovation, collaboration, and dedication – and lots of it. 

 

History of Mexican Wolf Conservation

Mexican wolves are the most genetically distinct and the smallest subspecies of gray wolf. They are also the most critically endangered subspecies of gray wolf in the world.

The last Mexican wolves were brought in from the wild in the late 1970s to start a captive breeding program (which would later become the Mexican Wolf SSP.)

Re-introduction to the wild began in 1998 with the release of 11 Mexican wolves in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA) along the border of Arizona and New Mexico. Since then, USFWS has performed the annual helicopter survey to monitor and evaluate the population.

 

Rachel Crosby tracking wild Mexican wolves in the Gila National Forest.

Innovation to Save Species

In 2015, the Endangered Wolf Center worked with the USFWS team to implement cross-fostering of captive-born pups to the wild as part of a new, innovative way to aid the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program.

 

Raise the roof – I get to grow up WILD!

 

Fostering is a technique where wolf pups from one litter are placed with another litter. The wolf mother will adopt the new, little additions as her own.

The result?

This technique not only increases the population size in the wild but also increases genetic diversity.

For small endangered species populations, genetic diversity is a critical part of the conservation strategy to ensure the animals are healthy.

Fostering is also a wonderful way to have experienced wild parents raise and teach the pups the skills needed to survive (i.e. how to stay away from people, how to hunt, how to protect their territory, etc.).

After all, it’s hard to be wild!

In 2016, the first successful captive-born pups fostered into a wild litter was performed by EWC staff.  Since then, 30 (18 from the EWC) pups born in the captive population have been fostered into the wild.

In 2019, a wild wolf parent that was once a fostered pup (born at Brookfield Zoo) grew up to become the alpha male of the Prime Canyon Pack in the wild and is now parenting his own foster pup.

Regina Mossotti also assists other SSP organizations fostering pups from their facility into the wild by serving as the USFWS/MW SSP Pup Foster Advisor. 

Cross-fostering is truly a win-win!

This year’s annual survey was especially rewarding for our staff because they saw that Max not only survived to adulthood, but he is healthy and became an alpha with a female forming his own pack.

Regina Mossotti with Max, after they read his microchip and discovered that he is a pup cross-fostered into the wild from the Endangered Wolf Center.

Yes, there were many happy tears shed.


Survey Results Are In –
Good News from the Wild in 2019

Wild Mexican wolf paw prints in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.

FWS published on fws.gov that “Mexican wolf count shows the population of Mexican wolves has increased by 24% since last year, raising the total number of wolves in the wild to a minimum of 163 animals.”

While there is still much work to be done to conserve the Mexican wolf, these survey results bring inspiration and hope to a species that is truly coming back from the brink of extinction.

As we continue to gather data and experience with this innovative conservation technique, we hope these “tails” of success can impact the conservation of other critically endangered species, like the American red wolf, in the future.

Become a Wildlife Hero

Want to get involved to save Mexican wolves? Join our pack!

When you symbolically adopt our pack of Mexican wolves, we’ll keep you PUPdated on any births and cross fosters into the wild.

You will make a direct impact on conservation and truly become a wildlife hero, helping us continue these innovative and historic conservation efforts.

ADOPT OUR MEXICAN WOLF PACK

COVID-19 Update

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on COVID-19 Update

Announcement: The Endangered Wolf Center will temporarily close to the public until further notice as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). All public and private events, as well as educational programs, are postponed and the Endangered Wolf Center will reevaluate plans to reopen within the coming weeks.
 
If you have already purchased your ticket to an upcoming event that is postponed, your reservation will automatically be transferred to the new date. If the event is canceled or you cannot attend on the new date, please call our Center for a refund. For refunds and any other questions or concerns, please call 636-938-5900.
 

Please watch this short message above from our Director of Animal Care and Conservation, Regina Mossotti, for more details about the measures we are taking to keep our staff and endangered animals safe and healthy.

If you want be a wildlife hero and do more for endangered species during this trying time, consider becoming a member and joining our pack! Learn more right here.

Learn About Membership

Puppy Shower

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Puppy Shower

Due to current circumstances involving COVID-19, our Puppy Shower in now a virtual event! Same event, but enjoyed from your own home through a zoom link, which will be sent upon registration.

Join us as celebrate the cutest part of conservation – puppies!

You’ll meet one of our smallest residents, Daisy the fennec fox.

Then, play fun games as you learn about all things PUP – from our innovative ways to get pups into the wild to artificial insemination success stories!

You’ll learn how we care for these canid pups as they grow, learn & play!

Our wolf mothers are experts at caring for their young, but our Animal Care team needs supplies to ensure these endangered pups receive the best care possible.

 
That is why all proceeds from this event will help us prepare for puppy season.
We will also be accepting gifts from our “registry” that every (animal keeper of a) new mom needs!
 
 
Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to win attendance prizes.
 
Don’t miss this unique way to celebrate pup season with your animal-loving family and friends!
 
The cost of this event is:
$16/adult
$13/child (ages 4-14)
 
Member discounts:
$14 adult member

$11/child member (ages 4-14)

REGISTER

4th International African Painted Dog Conference

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on 4th International African Painted Dog Conference

 

Due to current circumstances in the United States, we have rescheduled the International African Painted Dog Conference. The new dates have been set for next year, May 10th-13th 2021. Thank you for your understanding.

The Endangered Wolf Center is proud to host the 4th International African Painted Dog Conference, May 10th-13th, 2021 at Missouri Department of Conservation Powder Valley Conference Center. 

This conference brings together wildlife managers, biologists, conservationists and zoo professionals from around the world to enhance and improve the care of African painted dogs in managed care and to assist in field conservation in the wild.

African painted dogs are a vital species to ecosystem health, yet their numbers have dramatically declined across the African continent for the last several decades. The decline is due to poaching, accidental deaths (motor-vehicle strikes, caught in snares meant for other species, etc.), diseases transmitted by domestic dogs, habitat loss and lack of food resources.

The goal of this conference is to convene experts in the field with the focus of sharing knowledge, identifying conservation and research needs and working together to solve pressing issues to help save this endangered species.

Keynote Speaker: Chris Johns

Biography

Prior to receiving a Pollner Professorship at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism, Chris Johns was the National Geographic Beyond Yellowstone Program Leader.  Before that role, he served as Chief Content Officer, overseeing the expression of National Geographic’s editorial content across various media platforms. He was the ninth Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic magazine from January 2005 to April 2014. During his editorship Johns’ focus on excellence in photography, cartography and reporting was recognized with 63 nominations resulting in 23 National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors.  In 2008 Johns was named Magazine Editor of the Year and in 2011 National Geographic was named Magazine of the Year. 

Johns became a National Geographic contract photographer in 1985 and joined the magazine staff in 1995. As a photographer, he produced more than 20 articles for National Geographic, eight of which were cover stories. His defining images are of Africa. He has taken readers down the Zambezi River, examined the Bushmen’s ongoing struggle for cultural survival and provided important documentation of Africa’s endangered wildlife, including African wild dogs. He was named one of the world’s 25 most important photographers by American Photo magazine in 2003.

Register Here

 

 

Early bird registration by April 9th, 2021 is $175 and $215 after April 20th, 2020.
With the purchase of one full price ticket, you will be admitted to the entire conference from May 10th through May 13th.

 

Airport

Saint Louis International Lambert Airport
10701 Lambert International Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63145
Code: STL
Phone: (314) 890-1333
https://www.flystl.com/

 

Hotel

Your hotel room also needs to be booked by April 9th to guarantee the group discount and room availability. If you need transportation to and from the conference, it can only be provided if you are staying at one of the three hotels listed below.

 

The two preferred hotels are:

Drury Inn

5 Lambert Drury Place 

Valley Park, MO 63088 

Phone: (636) 861-8300

 

Hampton Inn

9 Lambert Drury Place 

Drury Dr, Manchester, MO 63088 

Phone: (636) 529-9020 

 

 

If the above preferred hotels are booked, please use this hotel: 

Drury Inn

1088 S Hwy Dr, 

Fenton, MO 63026 

Phone: (636) 343-7822

 

 

Tentative Itinerary:

May 10th, 2021

11:30am-3pm Pre-conference tour at the Saint Louis Zoo: behind-the-scenes tour of the carnivore unit and AZA’s Reproductive Management Center.

6pm-8:30pm – Icebreaker at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.

May 11-12th, 2021

International African Painted Dog Conference (being held in the Missouri Department of Conservation Powder Valley Conference Center).

May 13th, 2021

Final presentations and African Painted Dog Species Survival Plan Meeting.

May 14th, 2021

9am-12pm – Post-conference tour at the new Saint Louis Aquarium at Union Station. 

 

 

“The Center is honored to be chosen to host this prestigious conference,” stated Virginia Busch, the Endangered Wolf Center’s CEO. “A big part of our mission is to provide opportunities to share best practices, collaborate, and to encourage solution-driven methods to better conserve endangered canids.”

The Endangered Wolf Center has been part of the Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium’s African Painted Dog Species Survival Plan (SSP) since 2003. The Center’s Director of Animal Care and Conservation, Regina Mossotti, is a member of the African Painted Dog SSP Management Committee. The EWC recently celebrated two litters born in November 2018, just four days apart, totaling 23 pups.

In collaboration with Dr. Tammy Cloutier of Antioch University, the EWC conducted ground-breaking research on how nutrition affected pup development with these two litters. Not only does the Endangered Wolf Center assist with the breeding program and conduct research to grow the scientific community’s knowledge, the Center also assists conservation through public education programs. Through the EWC’s educational programs, including live webcams, the Center raises awareness to spur conservation action for this endangered species.

 

Call for Papers:
The 2021 International African Painted Dog Conference will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri, May 10-13, hosted by the Endangered Wolf Center. Attendees will be able to attend all presentations.

Submit Your Proposal Today!

The International Painted Dog Conference Program Committee is accepting abstracts/proposals for the 2021 Conference.

Deadline extended! A few of our presenters asked for an extension, so we are opening the extension to all. Please submit your presentation or poster abstract by March 8th, 2021 to Tracy Rein, [email protected].

Register Here

Valentine’s Wine & Chocolate Howl

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Valentine’s Wine & Chocolate Howl

Love is in the air as breeding season begins here at the Endangered Wolf Center.

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 15th to learn the love language of wolves over wine & chocolate!

You’ll learn about our “celebrity couples” here at the Center and how their love is saving their species! Then you’ll take a sunset stroll for the chance to howl from the wolves!

This event is perfect for a unique date night or a fun Galentine’s evening! So whether you’re with your sweetheart or on the prowl with your pack, join us for sweet treats, wolves, and wine.

This is a 21+ event and tickets are $40 per person, which includes an assortment of wine, chocolates, and handmade treats. Reservations are required. 🥂

Call (636) 938-5900 to reserve your spot today or book online.

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