EWC Partners with BarkBox to Help the Wolves

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on EWC Partners with BarkBox to Help the Wolves

Bark Box

We’re happy to announce a partnership with BarkBox, the monthly subscription service that sends all-natural dog treats and clever toys to spoiled dogs everywhere!

We know our friends and EWC members are animal lovers whose family members include dogs, so we thought you might be interested in lending us a paw…

When you sign up for a new subscription using our code SAVEWOLVES or by going to, BarkBox will donate $25 to the EWC for every new subscriptionand you’ll get 50% off your first box!

We thank you for your support of the EWC – and your dog will thank you for BarkBox!

Learn more about BarkBox

Celebrate International Lobo Week

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Celebrate International Lobo Week

Join us as we celebrate International Lobo Week, March 25-31, 2018.



Twenty years ago this week, 11 captive-born Mexican wolves (knownas lobos) were released into the wilds of New Mexico and Arizona for the first time since they were nearly eradicated in the early twentieth century and officially declared and listed as endangered in the 1970s.

In 1976, three years after the passage of the Endangered Species Act, the lobo was listed as an endangered species. With just seven Mexican wolves, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined with several zoological institutions to begin a captive breeding program to save this wolf from extinction. On March 29, 1998, the first wolves were reintroduced in the Blue Range Recovery Area in New Mexico and Arizona: after more than 30 years, one of the rarest mammals on earth returned home to the mountains of the southwest.

To commemorate this reintroduction, the EWC and many other organizations around the world are celebrating Lobo Week and raising awareness of the plight of the Mexican wolf. But unfortunately, despite 20 years of recovery efforts, the Mexican wolf is still critically endangered.

Every lobo that exists in the wild today can trace its roots back to the Endangered Wolf Center, which is located right here in St. Louis!



In 1971, beloved zoologist Marlin Perkins and his wife, Carol, joined with a group of individuals to found the Endangered Wolf Center in an effort to address the serious plight of wolves at risk of extinction. Our visionary founders knew what scientists have recently confirmed: no ecosystem can thrive without its keystone species in place.

Through carefully managed breeding programs, inspiring educational programs and innovative methods for introducing releasable wolves into their native habitats, the EWC set out to change the fate of endangered canids.

And for more than 45 years, we’ve been doing just that. Today our nonprofit organization is considered a cornerstone of wolf conservation in America. We hope you’ll join us – this week and beyond – in our celebration of the lobo.


Mack & Vera

Mack & Vera

Meet Vera
Vera is a 4-year-old female Mexican wolf who came from Mexico to be paired with Mack, a male Mexican wolf. They got along very well and had their first litter of pups (3 girls and 1 boy) in Spring 2016. Two girls from that litter were part of the first efforts to foster pups from managed care into a wild litter. Last year Vera continued to make history when she gave birth to a little male pup named Nashoba, who is the first successful Mexican wolf pup born using frozen/thaw semen artificial insemination.

Mack has been a wonderful foster father. Nashoba’s biological father (Luis) is fifteen years old and lives at the Living Desert in California and Nashoba is his only offspring




Celebration at the EWC
The EWC will be celebrating International Lobo Week with special events on our grounds. From March 24 – 31, we’ll offer public tours on Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday that will focus on our Mexican wolves, during which visitors will have an opportunity to write a “Wolf Wish” and receive a commemorative Lobo Week sticker.

On Sunday, March 25, the EWC is hosting a special Wolves, Wine & Yoga Howl, and our last Campfire Howl of the season will be on Saturday, March 31. We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate the lobo – and all of the canids in our care here at the Endangered Wolf Center.

Schedules  &  Booking


Animal Keeper Internships Open

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Animal Keeper Internships Open

Unpaid Animal Keeper Internships are available year round with the Endangered Wolf Center, located in southwest St. Louis County at Washington University’s Tyson Research Center.

The Endangered Wolf Center (EWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving endangered wolves and other canid species from extinction by educating people about their importance in the ecosystem and supporting their reintroduction into their native habitat through a combination of managed breeding and research.

Internships provide hands-on experience working directly with the animal care staff. Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to, diet preparation, monitoring behavior and health of animals, creating and distributing enrichment, observing training sessions, as well as enclosure maintenance.

For complete information, please click the details button.

Animal Care Internship Details

Lucky, Daisy and Clay on TV!

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Lucky, Daisy and Clay on TV!

Maned wolf Lucky, fennec fox Daisy and hognose snake Clay joined EWC Executive Director Virginia Busch on STL Live recently to talk about St. Louis’ best kept secret – the Endangered Wolf Center.




Support our new Education & Nature Center

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Support our new Education & Nature Center

We are excited to announce that we are planning for a new Education and Nature Center to meet our growing demand in educational programming.

We have secured the land, completed the architectural drawings and bids, and raised more than 48% of the necessary funds for construction of the building.

We invite you to partner with the Endangered Wolf Center by making a donation to help us begin construction in 2018. The building will serve as a much-needed venue for our onsite educational efforts.

Our Education Department provided programs to almost 45,000 people in 2017, an increase over 2016 (37,660) and continuing our growth trend (24,338 in 2013) in impact and numbers. Our education, tour and outreach goals are focused on providing STEM-aligned (K-12), curriculum-based, quality programs. Getting outdoors, hands dirty and immersed in nature will also continue to be an important element of our programs.

For a list of sponsorship opportunities, please click on the details link.

2018 Education & Nature Center Details


Trivia Night 2018 will be Feb. 23

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Trivia Night 2018 will be Feb. 23

Join us for Trivia Night 2018 on February 23 at 7pm. VIP tables and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call 636-938-9306 to register.

Free beer available for guests over 21. Free snacks, sodas and water for all. You can BYOB, but no glass bottles allowed please.

Friday, February 23 at 7PM

Kirkwood Community Center
111 South Geyer Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122

$30 a person
or $240 for a table of eight

VIP Tables:
$320 for a table of eight
Express Check-In, preferred seating, table service, plus meet our ambassador animals

Sponsorship Opportunities:
$125 a round. Sponsor a round and reserve a table for $350 or upgrade to a VIP table for $425.

Prizes for the top three scoring tables, silent auction, great door prizes, raffle prizes and 50-50 raffle.

2018 Trivia Night Endangered Wolf Center


Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on STEM STL TRIFECTA PROGRAM

World Bird Sanctuary Shaw Nature Reserve Endangered Wolf Center

The Endangered Wolf Center, Shaw Nature Reserve and World Bird Sanctuary have partnered to create an innovative approach to science field trips: The STEM STL TRIFECTA program, which provides schools with cohesive, curriculum-based field trips that are in line with Missouri state DESE standards. You get grade specific, pre-planned field trips to serve as an exciting supplement to the concepts you are teaching in the classroom. All that, and convenience, too – the program is set from K-5th grade, and all programming will meet your classroom needs! Call (636) 938-5900 for more information.

Kindergarten: Endangered Wolf Center
By watching wolves in a natural setting students will learn about wolf packs and how these family units compare to human families. Activities include a classroom session about wolf packs and a tour of the wolf enclosures.

1st Grade: World Bird Sanctuary
Through active lessons and hands-on activities, students will gain an in depth understanding of adaptations both birds and plants use to survive. Activities include bird bingo, making a human continuum, and “Filling the Bill” to discover bird adaptations.

2nd Grade: Shaw Nature Reserve
Explore the lifecycles of animals around Shaw Nature Reserve! From the smallest caterpillar to our elusive bobcat, we’ll introduce students to the life cycles and stages of critters in their own backyard. Activities include exploring the woodland and wetlands for animal life stages and learning about the lifecycles of butterflies, cardinals, snakes, frogs and bobcats.

3rd Grade: Endangered Wolf Center
Through learning about apex predators and studying them in person, students will gain an understanding of food chains and healthy ecosystems. Activities include a classroom session about food chains and a visit to the wolf enclosures to study these apex predators.

4th Grade: World Bird Sanctuary
By participating in engaging activities, students will study interactions among organisms and their environments. Activities include playing a survivor game, a great migration challenge and a habitat study.

5th Grade: Shaw Nature Reserve
After participating in this program, students will understand the similarities and differences between plant and animal groups located at Shaw Nature Reserve. Activities include exploring the wetland and woodland comparing animal forms and characteristics as well learning about dichotomous keys and scientific naming.

Shaw Nature Reserve: $8.00 per child
Endangered Wolf: $8.00 per child
World Bird Sanctuary: $8.00 per child

Help the EWC win $150,000!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Help the EWC win $150,000!


The Endangered Wolf Center has been invited to participate in a Holiday Giving Challenge, sponsored by Newman’s Own Foundation, during which we have the opportunity to win a grand prize of $150,000! The rules are simple and the reward is extraordinary, but we need your help to get there.

Between Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, January 3, your donations to the EWC will be matched dollar for dollar through TWO matching grants, up to $50,000! And if we raise more donations than any of the other organizations in the Newman’s Own Foundation Holiday Challenge, we’ll win $150,000 additional dollars!

That would mean the world to the wolves and other canids who call the EWC home. Your gift is tax-deductible, and we’re making it easy by working with Crowdrise, a gift-giving platform trusted by more than 20,000 other nonprofit organizations, including the American Red Cross and UNICEF. Will you help us? We appreciate your support – thank you.


“Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest” Screening Nov 9

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on “Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest” Screening Nov 9

“Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest” Screening in STL on Nov. 9

The Endangered Wolf Center is proud to be a part of the award-winning film “Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest” that will be shown at the St. Louis International Film Festival on Thursday, November 9.’

Gray AreaThe screening begins at 6 pm; Dean Cannon, the film’s director Alan Lacy, and Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation at the Endangered Wolf Center, will be seated on a panel after the screening to answer questions about the film and critically endangered Mexican wolves. Seating is limited – get your tickets today!

About the film: In the American Southwest, a unique species of wolf unlike any other is making a comeback. Considered extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago, the little known Mexican wolf has slowly pulled back from the very brink — against all odds.

Trailer: Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest – 2017 from TLP Media on Vimeo.

From a founding population of just seven animals, this species has slowly grown to a current wild population of approximately 130, only to face a new threat from within: its own genetics. As part of a bold recovery mission, one lone wolf is given a chance to offer new hope for the survival of her species. In telling this story, narrated by Chris Morgan, “Gray Area” explores whether there can be a balanced and sustainable future where ranchers, conservationists, locals, and biologists alike can coexist with this apex predator. Experts from St. Louis’ Endangered Wolf Center, which played an essential role in the Mexican wolf’s recovery, are among those featured in the film.

Cinema St Louis


Gray Area The Film Website

EWC Partnering with the San Diego Zoo

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on EWC Partnering with the San Diego Zoo

On Monday, September 25, the Endangered Wolf Center was thrilled to host a team from the San Diego Zoo who were here to film a segment for San Diego Zoo Kids, an innovative television channel for medical facilities that serve pediatric patients and their families. The stories, told exclusively on SDZK channel, not only entertain children and their families during what can be a stressful time, but hopefully inspire a new generation to appreciate wildlife and their natural habitats. The EWC is proud to partner with the San Diego Zoo on this project!