Maggie Dwire, who has spent the past 14 years working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, reminded an audience at the Endangered Wolf Center about just how close the world came to losing Mexican wolves forever.

“We were within seven animals of extinction,” she said during her Speaker Series appearance Monday, July 14.

Dwire spoke on the eve of the annual Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan conference, which was held at the Endangered Wolf Center July 16-18. Mexican wolf experts from throughout the United States and Mexico took part.

At the Speaker Series event, Dwire gave an update on the status of Mexican wolves in the wild and in breeding facilities like the Center. She shared the tale of Bob and Madre, Mexican wolves who lived in the wild and later lived at the Center.

About 50 people attended the presentation.

For more than four decades, the Endangered Wolf Center has served as the cornerstone of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mexican wolf program.

MD with pup 2014