Celebrate Lucky’s First Birthday May 6

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Celebrate Lucky’s First Birthday May 6

The Lucky Number is One

Lucky’s Story
They grow up so fast! It was just one year ago that the Endangered Wolf Center welcomed maned wolf pup Lucky to our pack – and she’s been winning hearts ever since.


Her story is one of surviving and thriving. Born at Zoo Boise to a mother who was unable to raise her litter, Lucky was the only surviving pup. The EWC was asked to step in because of our experience fostering other species of canids, and at just two weeks old, Lucky flew home to St. Louis where she’s been raised as an animal ambassador for her species. (For the complete story of how Lucky came to live at the EWC, go to our Meet Lucky post.)

Today, with the collaboration of the Saint Louis Zoo veterinarian team, the Wildlife Rescue Center and the Animal Clinic of Clayton, at one year old, Lucky has grown from less than a pound to nearly 55 pounds and is thriving. And she’s already winning hearts with her dynamic personality. “She’s a strong pup,” says Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation at the EWC. “She’s a fighter – a survivor. And very intelligent, too! She outsmarted her foster puppy brothers and sisters, figuring out puzzles much faster, and showing great curiosity, she loves to explore everything!”

Lucky Cute

Lucky’s unique situation and her sweet personality make her the perfect ambassador for her species. Never before has a maned wolf been available for an up close experience to educate the public about the plight of her unique species. Lucky and the staff at EWC are happy to tell her story, which is not only heartwarming, but an example of the critical conservation efforts at the EWC to help preserve and protect endangered species.

The Celebration
As is customary for families with babies turning one, the EWC is planning a birthday party for Lucky – not only to commemorate her first birthday, but to celebrate her survival! Of course, Lucky will make an appearance at her party, during which we’ll celebrate with a “cake” (one for Lucky and one more suitable for our guests!), birthday card and presents. There will also be party games, live music, photo opportunities, craft projects and more during the party.

Lucky 11-months

Lucky 11 months

The Details
The celebration is on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri. Space is limited, so if you’d like to help us celebrate, give us a call today at 636-938-5900; reservations are $25/person.

Birthday Presents for Lucky
Can’t attend the party but you’d like to help? Visit our Amazon Wish List and send Lucky a birthday present! Or make a donation in honor of Lucky on our website or on GiveSTL Day, Tuesday, May 2 at A generous supporter of the EWC will match all donations!

Booking Options


Regina and Lucky on plane

Regina & Lucky

About maned wolves

– The maned wolf is the tallest member of the canid family, but it is not a true wolf. It is in its own unique genus, and more closely related to an ancient canid.

– Maned wolves are nicknamed “fox on stilts” for their leggy build and fox-like features.

– This South American native roams a range extending from the Amazon in Brazil to the dry shrub forests of Paraguay and northern Argentina.

– Unlike most wolves, these gentle, timid animals typically live alone, except to breed.

– The maned wolf is threatened with extinction in its native habitat. This is due to loss of habitat—grasslands being converted to crops or grazing pastures.

– The introduction of dog diseases, and also a belief that some of its organs have medicinal healing powers have also led to maned wolf population decline.


Hike with us on National Trails Day June 2

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Hike with us on National Trails Day June 2

Join us National Trail Day Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, 2018 by joining us for a 4-mile hike through the Endangered Wolf Center.

We’ll hike from the gatehouse down Igloo Road, up to the cave and back to the campfire for lunch – stopping to howl with the wolves along the way – then we’ll visit with one of our ambassador animals! While the hike is approximately four miles, it’s an easy trail, and everyone is welcome.

EWC National Trail Day

The gates open at 10 a.m.and the hike starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. (No admittance after 10:30 a.m.) The price is $10 per person and includes lunch and live acoustic music!

For reservations call 636-938-5900.




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.