Artist Designs Wolf Shoes to Support the EWC!

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Artist Designs Wolf Shoes to Support the EWC!

Artist Ernie Moreno’s passion for animals has inspired him to create a special, wearable way to support our endangered species!

“I have been an animal lover my whole life, and wolves are one of my favorites because of their beauty,” says Moreno. “I could draw one of my favorite animals and help to bring awareness to the conservation and study of the wolves.”

Wolf Shoes can be ordered with original designs that are either Hand Drawn or Custom Printed. Hand Drawn shoes are 100% custom and original. Custom Printed shoes will be printed with original paintings created by Moreno for the Endangered Wolf Center. All designs are based on animals right here at the EWC!

These make great gifts for the animal lovers in your life! See all the design options and order your Wolf Shoes from

Four EWC wolf pups make cross-fostering history

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Four EWC wolf pups make cross-fostering history


The Endangered Wolf Center, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Interagency Field Team—which is made up of biologists from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, USDA Forest Service, USDA Wildlife Services, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe—collaborate to fly four 10-day-old pups born at the Center from St. Louis to their new families in the wilds of New Mexico and Arizona in the first ever double foster.

The Endangered Wolf Center flew four critically endangered Mexican wolf pups to Arizona to be cross-fostered by two different wild packs (one in Arizona and one in New Mexico) on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. This historic collaborative effort between the Endangered Wolf Center staff, the Fish and Wildlife Services and its partners represents the first time four pups born in captivity have been “adopted out” to two different packs in two different states at the exact same time.

Mexican wolf pups during health exam before flight

Mexican wolf pups during health exam before flight.

“Saving species requires creativity and breakthroughs in conservation techniques,” said Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation at the EWC, “and this double foster was a great example of the Fish and Wildlife Service, the EWC and the states working together to seize a unique opportunity to help Mexican wolves.”

Cross foster wolf pup health check in Phoenix Airport by FWS vet Susan Dicks and EWC team.

Cross foster wolf pup health check in Phoenix Airport by FWS vet Susan Dicks and EWC team.

Cross-fostering is a technique where wolf puppies from one litter are placed with another litter in hopes that the wolf mother will adopt the additions as her own. Placing pups from captivity into a wild litter not only helps increase the population size in the wild but also helps increase genetic diversity. It is also a wonderful way to have wild parents (with an established territory and experience) raise and teach the pups how to survive.

Fostering is a relatively new technique for the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program. With fewer than 150 individuals left in the wild—mostly found in Arizona and New Mexico—these four pups born at the EWC on April 9, 2018 (male pups “Benny” and “Grenville” and female pups “Spirit” and “Belinda”) represent vital new genetics needed for a critically endangered population.

Endangered Wolf Center team Sarah Holaday and Kim Rutledge on Arizona Game &Fish plane flying to wild dens

Endangered Wolf Center team Sarah Holaday and Kim Rutledge on Arizona Game & Fish plane flying to wild dens.

Extreme terrain and logistics make fostering challenging, 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 captivity to the wild has to occur before the pups are fourteen days old. “Everything has to line up…the stars, the sun, the moon, and the planets all have to align to make a foster happen,” said Mossotti. “The timing of the birth of wild pups has to be within a few days of our pups…to say nothing of the logistics. 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 done.”

All four pups before release during vet check in the recovery are

All four pups before release during vet check in the recovery area.

This operation almost stopped in its tracks, due to high winds and a wildfire in Arizona. Overcoming the logistics and managing the shifting and potentially dangerous conditions on the ground make the success of the Endangered Wolf Center, the USFWS, and Arizona Game and Fish’s efforts all the more remarkable.

The four pups flew to Arizona, accompanied by Sarah Holaday, EWC Animal Care Staff and Kim Rutledge, Executive Director of the Wildlife Rescue Center. “Our staff members are experts, and they did an incredible job making sure that these precious pups stayed safe, warm and well-cared for on their journey to the wild,” said Virginia Busch, Executive Director of the Endangered Wolf Center. “The Endangered Wolf Center is proud of our efforts to collaborate to grow the conservation success for the endangered species the EWC is working to save.”

FWS biologist Alison Greenleaf examing pups at wild den before foster credit Endangered Wolf Center

FWS biologist Alison Greenleaf examing pups at wild den before foster credit Endangered Wolf Center.

This year, several wild packs denned at the exact same time as the pack at the Endangered Wolf Center. Sibi (mother) and Lazarus (father) at the EWC had a litter of seven healthy pups. Having this large litter offered the opportunity to take four pups and place them into two different packs litters. “It is rare to have litters match up, but to have several at once was very exciting!” said Mossotti.

Endangered Wolf Center team with pups on their back ready to hike to wild den in New Mexico

Endangered Wolf Center team with pups on their back ready to hike to wild den in New Mexico.

Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in Arizona New Mexico Border Pups new home

Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in Arizona New Mexico Border Pups new home.

Spirit and Grenville were fostered into the Elk Horn Pack in Arizona. Elk Horn had five pups, growing to seven with the new additions. Benny and Belinda were fostered into Frieborn Pack in New Mexico, growing their six-pup litter to eight.

“The Endangered Wolf Center has been working for almost 50 years to help make breakthroughs in conservation for endangered canids. And efforts like this double foster are examples of how conservation for the Mexican wolf is moving in a positive direction!” said Busch.

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Wolf Fest 2019: Come Have a Howling Good Time

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Wolf Fest 2019: Come Have a Howling Good Time

Our biggest event of the year! A festival that has fun activities, events, exhibits and demonstrations for all ages.

Emerson Presents Wolf Fest 2019 at the Endangered Wolf Center on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This family festival has fun activities, events, exhibits and demonstrations for all ages. Endangered Wolf Center Members will enjoy early entry at 9:00 a.m. so join today for this exclusive opportunity to miss the crowds!

Wolf Fest features food trucks, adult beverages, animal demonstrations, many conservation groups, plus activities and games for kids.

Guests will see some of the most endangered wolves in the world and leave with a better understanding of their critical importance in the wild. Wolf Fest lets us share this science in fun, memorable ways.

Conservation Ambassadors will introduce guests to animals from around the world, with opportunities to get up close for photos. Guests can also view puppies born this spring!

FREE CARLOAD DEAL: Guests can purchase tickets in advance for $25 per carload ($35 day of). If you become a member between now and October 12, you will receive a free ticket for one carload and gain access to early entry at 9am. (Purchase a membership ticket). – VIP tickets are $100 per person and will receive reserved on-site parking, a private tent with complimentary drinks and snacks and an opportunity for a special meet-and-greet with conservationist and Conservation Ambassadors founder David Jackson and his animal ambassadors.

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Join us for Howl-o-Ween!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Join us for Howl-o-Ween!

Celebrate Howl-o-Ween at the EWC on Saturday, October 26.

Anna with Pumpkin
Get into the “spirit” of the season by decorating and filling pumpkins with Halloween treats for our wolves, foxes and other canids. Costumes encouraged!

You’ll meet the keepers, learn about these unique species, and watch them enjoy the treats you made!

It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet some of the world’s most endangered species.

Tsavo with Pumpkin

Aaaoooooo! You’ll enjoy stories around the campfire and howl with the wolves. Plenty of treats for everyone!

The program begins at 5:30p.m. sharp; guests must check in by 5:15p.m.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children, with children 3 and under free. Make your reservations today at 636-938-5900! By attending, you are supporting important conservation work!


Celebrate National Public Lands Day with our Fall Hike

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Celebrate National Public Lands Day with our Fall Hike

Join us on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. as we celebrate National Public Lands Day!

We’ll hike from the campfire through the woods up to the cave and back to the campfire for a snack, feel free to pack a lunch.

The hike is approximately 3 miles – a moderate trail with a good-sized hill – wear your hiking shoes!

Everyone is welcome, but please leave your pets at home.

The gates open at 9:15 a.m. when you’ll be able to chat with staff; the hike starts promptly at 10 a.m. (No admittance after 10 a.m.)

You can book online, or call 636 938 5900 for more details or to book by phone.

Endangered Wolf Center Fall Hike

Meditation with the Wolves

Posted by on Aug 2, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Meditation with the Wolves

Meditation with the Wolves

S A T U R D A Y ,  S E P T E M B E R  7    |    8 : 3 0 A M – 1 1 : 3 0 A M

Ever wonder why meditation retreats are often found in the mountains or deep in the forest? Outdoor meditation activates the senses, making us more aware of our surroundings and distancing us from the stresses of daily life.

Deepen your mindfulness and awareness of nature with an experiential meditation session in the stunning open-air environment of the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri.

The day will begin promptly at 8:30am at PALM Health (9160 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124) where guests will board a luxury touring bus with complimentary healthy snacks and beverages from the PALM Café.

Upon arriving at the Endangered Wolf Center, guests will be divided into two groups. One will begin a meditation class while the other will tour the sights and sounds of the Center’s residents, including Mexican, red, and maned wolves, several foxes, and painted dogs, with a special visit from several unique Ambassador animals. Each group will then rotate to complete their meditation or tour.

The bus will depart at 11:00am with lunchtime snacks and beverages on its return to PALM Health.

$60 per person, for members and non-members.

Sign up through PALM Health’s class schedule on the PALM app, or call PALM Health reception at 314-801-8898 option 1 then 1.

Speaker Series: Journey Into The Wild – Aug 29th

Posted by on Jul 20, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Speaker Series: Journey Into The Wild – Aug 29th


The Story of Mexican Wolf Pups and Their Historic Cross-Foster

Join Regina Mossotti, carnivore biologist and director of animal care and conservation at the EWC, as she shares the adventures of fostering Mexican wolf pups into the wild. Relive the pups’ journeys as you hear about the creative science and collaboration that made it all possible, including the whirlwind of logistics (such as flying on a plane with wolf pups!), hiking in the mountains, wild fires…

Experience the challenging world of endangered species conservation – the heart of the wild – as you visit Mexican wolves Mack, Vera and their puppies and learn how the EWC is making a world of difference for the future of Mexican wolves.

The event will be held at the Learning Living Classroom at the Endangered Wolf Center on Thursday, August 29th from 6-8 p.m.

Speaker Series: Journey into the Wild with Regina Mossotti




Join our 2019 Polo Benefit

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Join our 2019 Polo Benefit

Due to the excessive rainy season this Spring, the McGehee Polo Field at Spirit Valley Farms is too soggy to safely host our annual Polo Classic on June 8 – so we’re moving the date to Saturday, September 14. We hope you’ll join us for a beautiful Fa ll event! (If you’ve already purchased tickets for the June 8 date and can’t make the September 14 date, please call the EWC office at 636-938-9306.

Join us for the annual Endangered Wolf Center Polo Classic on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 3 p.m. This year will be a Garden Gala, presented by the Beckmann Family Charitable Trust. Enjoy a day of delicious food and drinks while watching an exciting polo match at the McGehee Polo Field in Chesterfield, MO.

McGehee Polo Field at Spirit Valley Farms
(Wild Horse Creek Road at Tuma Ln.)
17899 Wild Horse Creek Road
Chesterfield, MO 63005

For a $600 donation, you’ll enjoy private cabana seating and an artisan picnic for four people. A $300 donation includes an artisan picnic for two with shared cabana seating. Sponsorships are available. For tickets or sponsorship information, call the EWC at 636-938-9306.

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Highlights from our last Polo events:

Pints for the Pack Fundraiser with Mackenzie Brewing Co.

Posted by on Jul 13, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Pints for the Pack Fundraiser with Mackenzie Brewing Co.

Mackenzie Brewing Company is a small batch brewery specializing in Belgian and High Gravity Beers. Their brewery and tasting room is just a few miles up the road from the Endangered Wolf Center.

In a neighborly fashion, they’re helping us host our first annual Pints for the Pack fundraiser to benefit the wolves and other wild canids here at our Center. (We’ll drink to that!)

This truly unique adults-only evening begins with FREE BEER* from Mackenzie Brewing accompanied by an informative program on wolf communication. After this, you and your Endangered Wolf Center hosts will howl with the wolves!

Bring a few of your own friends and neighbors and join us Saturday, September 21 from 7-9 p.m. for craft beer and a Howl with the Wolves. Admission is $21 per person. Cheers!

“Pints for the Pack” Mackenzie Brewing Campfire Howl

*Visitors must be 21 years old or older. Call 636-938-5900 for more details or to reserver by phone.
 Pints for the Pack with Mackenzie Brewing

Virginia Busch Appointed CEO for the EWC

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Virginia Busch Appointed CEO for the EWC

ST. LOUIS, MO: To further growth efforts at the Eureka, Missouri-based Endangered Wolf Center (EWC), Virginia Busch will transition from executive director to Chief Executive Officer, overseeing strategic planning, conservation initiatives, donor development and marketing. The EWC has begun a search for a new executive director who will focus on the day-to-day operations of the Center, and in conjunction with Busch will work to expand the organization and its mission through outreach, on-site programming, donor development and environmental leadership.

Busch joined the EWC as executive director in 2012, during which time it has grown significantly in size as well as revenue. The nonprofit organization is considered the cornerstone of wolf conservation in America, having earned a global reputation for breeding endangered wolves and other canids, leading husbandry research and participating in releasing wolves in the wild as part of the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s recovery programs, recently making history with two successful cross-fosters in Arizona and New Mexico. In fact, every Mexican gray wolf in the wild can trace his or her roots back to one place – the Endangered Wolf Center.

But the successful recovery of an endangered species is a constant challenge, and Busch intends to expand the work of the EWC. “While the essential role wolves play in the health and sustainability of an ecosystem is undisputed scientifically, fear and misconceptions about wolves and other top predators are old storylines that take effort and persistence to shift. I plan to concentrate on changing that narrative through conservation initiatives and partnerships, along with increased outreach beyond traditional environmental channels.”

Founded in 1971 by Marlin and Carol Perkins, the Endangered Wolf Center has worked to preserve and protect Mexican wolves, red wolves and other wild canid species, with purpose and passion, through carefully managed breeding, research, reintroduction and inspiring education programs. The Center is a non-profit organization located near St. Louis, Mo. Open to the public, the EWC is a one-of-a-kind destination for conservationists and animal lovers alike. Through their participation in education and outreach, visitors not only contribute to the Center’s conservation efforts at home but also in the places where Mexican and red wolves live in the wild.

In addition to her role at the Endangered Wolf Center, Busch contributes to conservation and animal welfare at home and abroad as a National Council and board member for World Wildlife Fund, board member for Wild Earth Allies, and the Humane Society of Missouri.