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Charity Polo Match benefits wolves

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Charity Polo Match benefits wolves

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All proceeds from the St. Louis Benefit Polo Club’s match on Saturday, Aug. 27, went to the Endangered Wolf Center and its important mission of preserving critically endangered Mexican wolves and red wolves.

The match was held at the Blue Heron Farms Polo Club, 4020 Benne Road, Defiance, MO 63341. Gates opened at 3 p.m. and the match began at 4 p.m.

Admission was just $25 a carload.

VIP tickets were $75 a person. VIPs enjoyed a reserved area with an elevated view and all activities, including food and drinks, free of charge. 

Sponsorships started at $500. Sponsorships included seating under a reserved tent with a catered buffet. Call 636-938-9306 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Kevin and Betty once again were our Event Sponsors. Here’s a list of the sponsors:

Event Sponsor:
Kevin and Betty

Half-Time Sponsor:
August A. Busch III Charitable Trust

Team Sponsors:
Several Anonymous Families
Steve and Kimmy Brauer
Hager Companies
Betty White

Sponsors:
Anonymous
Bravo Cucina Italiana
Brio Tuscan Grille
The Commerce Trust Company
Jeremiah and Marjorie Dellas
Dogfish Custom Graphic Apparel
David and Cheryl Gaynor
Harvest Plaza Animal Hospital and St. Charles Animal Hospital
Steve and Betsey Johnson – Foxbrook Farm
Mrs. Wilfred Konneker
Krey Distributing
Jim Kuchar
Lohr Distributing
Musick Construction Co.
The Private Client Reserve U.S. Bank
PVG Land & Cattle Company
Celeste Ruwwe and Geraldine Hufker
The Ryan Tradition-Coldwell Banker Gundaker
St. Louis Car Museum & Sales
Jay Smith
Michelle Steinmeyer
Grenville and Dianne Sutcliffe
Eugene J. Tichacek Family Trust
Virgil and Sandra VanTrease
The Winnick Family Foundation

Guests had a chance to meet and photograph the players and get autographs.

Special exhibits included Spike the Clydesdale, Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, Longmeadow Rescue Ranch barn buddies and the World Wildlife Fund.

There was a kids area with games and mask-making, a bounce house, gift shop, silent auction, delicious food, soda and water, and adult beverages for those over 21.

The opening ceremonies included a dove release by Wish Upon a Dove. At halftime, guests took part in a traditional champagne toast and divot stomp.

Whether you’re a polo aficionado or a first-time fan, the sport is simply amazing to watch:
• The regulation size of an outdoor polo field is 300 yards by 160 yards – the size of 8 football fields.
• An average polo pony weighs 1,000 pounds.
• The average speed of a polo pony in play is 35 miles an hour.

Please visit our Facebook page to view a Photo Album of the 4th Annual Charity Polo Match.

 

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The match is played on the Kräftig field at the Blue Heron Farms Polo Club in Defiance, Missouri.

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The Charity Polo Match features the traditional halftime divot stomp and champagne toast.

 

Wolves series is now on ‘Wild Kingdom’

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Wolves series is now on ‘Wild Kingdom’

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Marlin Perkins during the early TV years of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” This scene appears in the “Landscape” webisode.

Marlin Perkins is back on “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.”

Actually, his image appears in a segment of the show’s latest webisode series  “Wolves.”

Much of the four-part series was filmed at the Endangered Wolf Center, located on the grounds of Washington University’s Tyson Research Center in Eureka, Missouri.

The Center was founded in 1971 by Marlin Perkins and his wife Carol. Marlin Perkins, former director of the Saint Louis Zoo, was the original and longtime host of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” which debuted on NBC in January 1963. Perkins teamed with Jim Fowler to take viewers around the world each week in search of exotic animals.

“Wild Kingdom” now exists online, where current host Stephanie Arne has assumed the role of introducing viewers to the animals. Arne and a film crew visited the Endangered Wolf Center twice, in November 2015 and May 2016. Parts of the program were also filmed at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana.

The “Wolves” series consists of four parts: “Intro,” “Language,” “Landscape” and “The Pack Way.”

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Stephanie Arne, current host of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” during filming at the Endangered Wolf Center near St. Louis.

Links to the series also are available on the Facebook and Twitter pages of “Wild Kingdom” and the Endangered Wolf Center. Both offer news updates so be sure to visit their social media sites.

The “Wild Kingdom” website also offers Did You Know? facts about wolves and a photo gallery.

Earlier webisodes included series on sharks, snakes, stingrays, leopard cubs and many other animals.

‘Wild Kingdom’ returns to the wolf center

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on ‘Wild Kingdom’ returns to the wolf center

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Stephanie Arne, the current host of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” met with Marguerite Garrick, daughter of the show’s original host Marlin Perkins, on May 23, 2016 at the Center.

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“Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” filming red wolves at the Endangered Wolf Center May 23, 2016.

“Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” returns to Center founded by Marlin Perkins to film newborn wolf pups

Stephanie Arne, the host of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” returned to the Endangered Wolf Center — founded by Marlin Perkins, the original host of “Wild Kingdom” — near St. Louis May 23-24 to film Mexican wolf pups who were born this spring.

“Wild Kingdom” debuted in 1963 on NBC while Perkins was director of the St. Louis Zoo. He hosted the show until 1985, a year before his death. Jim Fowler, his teammate, took over as host after Perkins retired. The weekly series featured stories about wildlife filmed on trips throughout the world.

In 2013, Arne became the series’ first female host, which now features webisodes online. In November, Arne and a film crew were at the Endangered Wolf Center preparing a story on wolves. They returned May 23-24 to include scenes of wolf pups for the webisode to air on www.wildkingdom.com in July.

Two different Mexican wolves — Sibi and Vera — produced litters in April and May this year. In history-making events, two of Sibi’s pups (Vida and Lindbergh) and two of Vera’s pups (Linda and Valeria) were cross-fostered into the dens of wolves living in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. Cross-fostering is a technique where wolf pups from one litter are placed into another litter. The wolf mother will adopt the additions as her own. It increases the genetic pool and population of wolves in the wild.

Perkins, a pioneer in conservation efforts, and his wife Carol founded the Endangered Wolf Center in 1971, before the Endangered Species Act existed. They recognized that wolves were dramatically declining and that urgent measures were needed to keep them from vanishing from the face of the Earth.

“It is an incredible honor and privilege to film ‘Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom’ at the Endangered Wolf Center,” Arne said. “As the show’s new host, I have been able to speak with people across America and experience the lasting impact that Marlin Perkins has had on the hearts and minds of people today; but visiting the Center takes it to another level. It’s one thing to talk about conservation, education, and awareness, but seeing the brick and mortar facility that Marlin founded makes it real.

“Knowing the impact this place has had over the last 40 years on populations in the wild, and the ecosystems in which they live, is truly remarkable and awe-inspiring. Cheers to you Marlin, and on behalf of all the inhabitants of today’s Wild Kingdom, Thank You!”

“It is such a pleasure to welcome Stephanie and ‘Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom’ back to the Center to film our newest additions,” said Virginia Busch, Executive Director of the Endangered Wolf Center. “Marlin Perkins would be proud of the messages Stephanie and ‘Wild Kingdom’ are spreading about wildlife and the importance of conserving our planet.”

Historic cross-fostering involves 2 pups from Center

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Historic cross-fostering involves 2 pups from Center

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Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation, conducts a quick pup check.

News Release April 29, 2016
For Immediate Use

Mexican wolf pups fly into the recovery effort

The Endangered Wolf Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collaborate to fly two 9-day-old pups born at the Center from St. Louis to their new family in the wilds of New Mexico.

ST. LOUIS — The Endangered Wolf Center flew two just-born critically endangered Mexican wolf pups to New Mexico to be cross-fostered by a wild pack on Saturday, April 23, 2016. This historic collaborative effort between the Endangered Wolf Center staff and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services represents the first time pups born in captivity have been “adopted out” in this way.

This technique of inserting captive born pups into wild dens has never been tried with Mexican wolves. With fewer than 100 individuals left in the wild, these two pups born April 15, 2016 (male pup mp1461, named Lindbergh after the famous St. Louis aviator, and female pup fp1462, named Vida) represent a vital new component of the recovery effort.

“Years of work went into this moment,” said Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation at the Endangered Wolf Center, “and we are elated to be a part of history. The Endangered Wolf Center has been working over the last 45 years to help make breakthroughs in conservation efforts. Getting these pups from a den in St. Louis to a den in New Mexico successfully was nothing short of exhilarating—and exhausting!”

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Lindbergh and Vida travel by backpack to their new den.

The two pups flew to New Mexico, under the care of Mossotti and Animal Keeper Emma Miller. “Our staff are the best in the field and they did an excellent job of making sure these pups were warm, safe and healthy every step on their way into the wild,” said Virginia Busch, Executive Director of the Endangered Wolf Center.

Cross-fostering is a technique where wolf puppies from one litter are placed with another litter. The wolf mother will adopt the additions as her own. Placing pups from captivity into a wild litter 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.

Extreme terrain and logistics make it very challenging, and timing has to be just right. Wild and captive litters have to be born within a few days of each other, and generally the transfer from captivity to the wild has to occur before the pups are 10 days old. This means the wild den location needs to be known, a flight needs to be scheduled, perfect weather conditions need to exist and many other logistics need to be coordinated. All of these factors make the successful efforts of the Endangered Wolf Center and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services all the more remarkable.

The pack that the pups were released into was the SBP (Sheepherders Baseball Park) Pack, named after a New Mexico landmark in their territory. The father is M1284 (collared) and the mom is M1392.

Mexican wolves are the smallest, southernmost and most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf. At one point, Mexican wolves numbered only five in the wild. When those five were captured and brought into managed breeding facilities, the Mexican wolf was declared extinct in the wild in 1980. The first release of Mexican wolves back in the wild took place in March 1998, with nine of the 11 wolves released coming from the Endangered Wolf Center. The 2015 survey of Mexican wolves counted 97.

Mexican wolves were native to New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Mexico. Today, they can be found in New Mexico and Arizona, and Mexico.

The Endangered Wolf Center was founded in 1971 by Dr. Marlin Perkins, longtime host of TV’s “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” and former director of the Saint Louis Zoo, and his wife Carol. It is located on the grounds of Washington University’s Tyson Research Center in Eureka,
Missouri, about 20 miles southwest of St. Louis.

For more information contact:
Steve Parker
Director of Operations
[email protected]
636-938-5900 office 314-724-8037 cell

Pups' new home

The two pups’ new landscape.

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Vida.

Settlement provides hope for Mexican wolves

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Settlement provides hope for Mexican wolves

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A settlement has been reached in federal court that will require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency charged with protecting the Mexican wolf, to prepare a recovery plan — decades after it was supposed to do so.

The Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri, just outside St. Louis, has played a key role in helping save this wolf from extinction and reintroducing it back to the wild. The settlement results from a lawsuit filed in 2014 by Earthjustice on behalf of a coalition of wolf-conservation interests, including the Endangered Wolf Center.

Parties represented in the lawsuit jointly issued this news release:

News Release: For immediate use

Court settlement provides hope for Mexican wolves

Forty years after Endangered Species Act protection, government is required to prepare a recovery plan

Tucson, Ariz. — A coalition of wolf conservation groups, environmental organizations and a retired federal wolf biologist have announced a court settlement requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) to prepare a long-delayed recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves by November 2017.

With only 97 individuals existing in the wild at the end of 2015, and fewer than 25 in Mexico, the Mexican gray wolf is one of the most endangered mammals in North America and faces a serious risk of extinction. Thanks to the courts, the Service is finally required to meet its legal obligation of completing a legally sufficient recovery plan, with the ultimate goal of a healthy, sustainable population of Mexican gray wolves in the wild.

“The Mexican wolf is the sentry of the southwest,” said Virginia Busch, Executive Director of the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri, one of the parties in the lawsuit. “This critically endangered wolf is vital to keeping the ecosystem healthy, which is why it needs a recovery plan based on sound science to save it from extinction.”

The Endangered Wolf Center has played a key role in Mexican wolf recovery efforts ever since it was founded in 1971.

Earthjustice filed a lawsuit in November 2014 to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s multi-decade delay in completing a recovery plan for the Mexican wolf. Earthjustice represents the Endangered Wolf Center; Defenders of Wildlife; the Center for Biological Diversity; retired Fish and Wildlife Service Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator David R. Parsons; and the Wolf Conservation Center in the case. The settlement agreement follows a September 2015 ruling by a federal judge in Tucson that rejected the government’s effort to dismiss the case.

“The settlement provides hope that the lobo can be a living, breathing part of the southwestern landscape instead of just a long-lost frontier legend,” said Tim Preso, Earthjustice attorney. “But to realize that hope, federal officials must take up the challenge of developing a legitimate, science-based recovery plan for the Mexican wolf rather than yielding to political pressure.”

“Wolves love to follow paths,” said former Mexican wolf recovery leader David Parsons. “Now, finally, the path to recovery for the critically endangered lobos of the southwest will be blazed.”

“After four decades of delay, a scientific roadmap for recovery of the Mexican gray wolf will finally be reality,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “The recovery plan should trigger new releases of captive-bred wolves into the wild and establish new Mexican wolf populations in the Grand Canyon and southern Rocky Mountain ecosystems.”

The Service developed a document it labeled a “recovery plan” for the Mexican wolf in 1982 — but the Service itself admits that this document was incomplete, intended for only short-term application, and “did not contain objective and measurable recovery criteria for delisting as required by [the Endangered Species Act].” Most importantly, the 34-year-old document did not provide the necessary science-based guidance to move the Mexican gray wolf toward recovery. Without a recovery plan in place, the Service’s Mexican gray wolf conservation efforts have been hobbled by insufficient releases of captive wolves into the wild population, excessive removals of wolves from the wild, and arbitrary geographic restrictions on wolf occupancy of promising recovery habitat. The Service in 2010 admitted that the wild Mexican gray wolf population “is not thriving” and remains “at risk of failure,” and further admitted that “failure to develop an up-to-date recovery plan results in inadequate guidance for the reintroduction and recovery effort.”

“We are racing extinction on the Mexican gray wolf,” said Eva Sargent, senior Southwest representative for Defenders of Wildlife. “The best available science, not political pressure, should lead the recovery planning for the Mexican gray wolf. We need more wolves and less politics.”

The plaintiffs joining the April 25 settlement agreement include two environmental education organizations that operate captive-breeding facilities that have supported recovery efforts by providing Mexican gray wolves for release into the wild. Despite their efforts, Mexican gray wolf survival continues to be threatened by the lack of a recovery plan to ensure that wolf releases are sufficient to establish a viable population.

“Failing to plan is planning to fail,” said Maggie Howell, executive director of the Wolf Conservation Center in New York. “And for these iconic and imperiled wolves, failure means extinction. This settlement represents a necessary and long overdue step toward recovering America’s most endangered gray wolf and preventing an irrevocable loss from happening on our watch.”

“Education is a key component to the recovery of a species, especially for an animal that has been historically misunderstood and misrepresented. Equally important is an active, up-to-date recovery plan for the species in the wild,” said Busch of the Endangered Wolf Center just outside St. Louis.

“The genetic variability that organizations like the Endangered Wolf Center hold with the Mexican wolf population is hugely valuable for releases and cross-fostering opportunities in the wild, Busch said. “We are pleased to hear that the Service will be taking an active role in developing a recovery plan in a timely manner.”


Resources:

Background on Mexican gray wolves and photos for media use: Earthjustice materials
Read the settlement document: Read the settlement
Versión en línea: Read the settlement in Spanish

Background: The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi)—the “lobo” of southwestern lore—is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only a handful remaining in captivity. In 1998 the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Today in the U.S., there is a single wild population in the Blue Range area of Arizona and New Mexico comprising only 97 individuals, all descendants of just seven wild founders of a captive breeding program. These wolves are threatened by illegal killings, legal removals due to conflicts with livestock, and a lack of genetic diversity. Within the past year alone, escalating mortalities and illegal killing, along with reduced pup survival, reduced the wild population from 110 to 97 individuals.

The Service has never written or implemented a legally sufficient Mexican gray wolf recovery plan. Its most recent recovery team has done extensive, rigorous work to determine what needs to be done to save the Mexican gray wolf. Recovery team scientists agreed that, in order to survive, lobos require the establishment of at least three linked populations. Habitat capable of supporting the two additional populations exists in the Grand Canyon ecoregion and in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The recovery team drafted a plan in 2012 that called for establishing three interconnected Mexican gray wolf populations totaling at least 750 animals in these areas, but the plan has never been finalized.
The settlement requires the Service to complete a valid recovery plan by November 2017 and requires peer review of the recovery plan to ensure its scientific integrity. The settlement has been presented to the federal judge overseeing the case, who must approve it before the settlement becomes binding on the parties.

Contacts:

Rebecca Bowe, Earthjustice, 415-217-2093, [email protected]

Steve Parker, Endangered Wolf Center, 636-938-5900, [email protected]

Michael Robinson, Center for Biological Diversity, (575) 313-7017, [email protected]

Maggie Howell, Wolf Conservation Center, 914-763-2373, [email protected]

Catalina Tresky, Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-0253, [email protected]

Preguntas de prensa en Español: Betsy Lopez-Wagner, (415) 217-2159, [email protected]

May 19 Speaker Series: New mammals in Missouri

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on May 19 Speaker Series: New mammals in Missouri

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Tom Meister poses with a tranquilized black bear during Missouri Department of Conservation research in the Chadwick Area of the Mark Twain National Forest. The bear was weighed, measured, radio-collared, and his ear was tagged and tattooed before release. Meister says the bear weighed more than 400 pounds and broke the scale.

Please join us May 19 as Tom Meister of the Missouri Department of Conservation discusses mammals that are relatively new on the Missouri landscape — mountain lions, black bears, feral hogs, elk,  armadillos, nutria, wolves. (Wolves?) He’ll discuss how these animals got here or whether they’ve always been here. In either case, what impact could they have on the diversity of the state’s natural resources?

Meister has more than 20 years’ experience as a naturalist and wildlife biologist, and is currently Wildlife Damage Biologist with the Department of Conservation. He has been a member of research/relocation/response teams for mountain lions, black bears, elk and feral hogs.

His talk — “New Mammals in Missouri: Invasive, Introduced or Interlopers?” ­— will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, and is part of the Endangered Wolf Center’s 2016 Speaker Series.

The cost is just $10. Reservations are required and easily made by calling 636-938-5900. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The one-hour Speaker Series program, followed by a question and answer session, will be held in Tyson Research Center’s Living Learning Center. Come to the Endangered Wolf Center’s front gate at 6750 Tyson Valley Road, Eureka, MO 63025, and you’ll be directed to the Living Learning Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk will start at 7 p.m.

Volunteer Larry Jewell receives Harrison Award

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Volunteer Larry Jewell receives Harrison Award

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Volunteer Larry Jewel models the pioneer garb he often sports at Campfire Wolf Howls.

Larry Jewell, a longtime volunteer at the Endangered Wolf Center, was honored as recipient of the 2016 Harrison Award for extraordinary contributions to the Center.

Endangered Wolf Center visitors see evidence of his contributions on every visit: The wood signs that give directions and identify buildings are his handiwork. He also is a frequent host (dressed in pioneer garb) of Campfire Wolf Howls and has served as the gate keeper and greeter for many years at Wolf Fest, the Center’s annual open house.

The Harrison Award was initiated in 2015, when it was given to its namesake, PJ Harrison, herself a longtime volunteer and former member and officer of the Endangered Wolf Center Board of Trustees.

Jewell was named the 2016 recipient during the Center’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, held Sunday evening April 10 at Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Overnight Center in Gray Summit, Missouri.

A sign was unveiled honoring the five volunteers who donated the most hours in 2015:

  • Gail Meyers (1,026)
  • Debbie Yauch (452.5)
  • Michelle Steinmeyer (425.5)
  • Sue Berra (357)
  • Karen Zelle (246.75)

Eight volunteers received five-year service pins:  Deborah Coleman, Steve Johnson, Charlie Meyers, Sandy O’Shaughnessy, Tim O’Shaughnessy, Steve Thomas, Jack Webb and Sharon Weber.

Twelve volunteers were awarded one-year service pins:  Angela Ewing,  Jamie Gann, Katie Lucas, Zach Meier, Cathryn Moore, Michelle Musto, Scott Rice, Abby Uphoff, Cecelia Virgili,  John Wagner, Lee Walters and Karen Zelle

Deborah Coleman and Renee Meier received “Wolf Pins” marking 1,000 hours of volunteer service.

Four volunteers received “Fox Pins” marking 500 hours of service: Sue Berra, Lydia Nichols, Doris Perry and Sharon Weber.

In total, volunteers donated 8,353 hours in 2015. Junior Volunteers (ages 14 to 17), under the supervision of Youth Programs Coordinator Maggie McCoy, gave 1,051 hours in 2015.

The 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was attended by 46 volunteers, Board Member Diane Maixner and 15 members of the Endangered Wolf Center staff.  Leslie Valdez, who was Volunteer Coordinator at the time of the dinner; Executive Director Virginia Busch; and Director of Animal Care and Conservation Regina Mossotti addressed the volunteers and thanked them for their service.

The Center is deeply appreciative of Shaw Nature Reserve’s generosity in providing the location for this annual event.

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The plaque honoring Larry Jewell includes a painting by one of the maned wolves at the Center.

May 10 Speaker Series: Reproductive science & wolves

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on May 10 Speaker Series: Reproductive science & wolves

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Dr. Cheryl Asa of the Saint Louis Zoo

Here’s your chance to hear world-renowned scientist Cheryl Asa of the Saint Louis Zoo,  whose work in reproductive science has contributed greatly to the recovery of Mexican wolves.

She will appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, as  part of the Endangered Wolf Center 2016 Speaker Series.

Dr. Asa, PhD, will be retiring this summer from the positions of Director of Reproductive and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the AZA Reproductive Management Center at the Saint Louis Zoo after almost 28 years.

Her Speaker Series presentation — “How Reproductive Science Contributes to Mexican Wolf Recovery” ­— will be of keen interest to friends of the Endangered Wolf Center and anyone with an interest in saving threatened species.

The cost is just $10 a person for this chance to meet Dr. Asa and ask her questions. Reservations are required and easily made by calling 636-938-5900. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

After being declared extinct in the wild, Mexican wolves have been successfully bred in zoos in the United States and Mexico to provide animals for reintroduction.  Reproductive science and management have contributed to this success through gene banking, hormone monitoring, artificial insemination, behavioral observations and even contraception.

In 1990, Dr. Asa was asked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to establish a semen bank for the Mexican wolf, which has expanded to include eggs and ovarian tissue from females as well. Her lab has pioneered assisted reproduction methods for management of Mexican wolf population genetics and has identified factors affecting fertility across canid species.

Dr. Asa’s first canid research was in Peru in 1981 with Sechuran desert foxes.  She has since studied gray wolves, including the Mexican wolf; fennec foxes; African painted dogs; coyotes; and island foxes.

The one-hour Speaker Series program, followed by a question and answer session, will be held in Tyson Research Center’s Living Learning Center. Come to the Endangered Wolf Center’s front gate at 6750 Tyson Valley Road, Eureka, MO 63025, and you’ll be directed to the Living Learning Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk will start at 7 p.m.

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Our tours are closed for puppy season

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Our tours are closed for puppy season

Pups 4.20.15

These three pups were born April 17, 2015, to Mexican wolves Sibi and Lazarus, who were a breeding pair again this year.

We’ve just gone through breeding season at the Endangered Wolf Center. With multiple breeding pairs, including both red and Mexican wolves, we’re hopeful that many pups will be joining our pack this spring.
During the next couple months, when wolves may be pregnant and puppies may be appearing, we close all of our public and private tours. Our last day for tours was Sunday, April 3. Birth dates are an inexact science, so we can’t yet say when tours will resume, other than we expect it to be around early or mid-June. Check this website or our Facebook page in coming weeks for updates.
In the meantime, the Endangered Wolf Center has many events scheduled, including Frog Watch Campfires April 15 and May 13, Foxy Cinco de Mayo for adults (meet a fennec fox) May 5, and two Mini Camps April 23 and May 21. Check our Calendar of Events for a complete list of our tours and events through the summer, fall and winter.

Want to lead one of our tours?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Want to lead one of our tours?

Are you interested in becoming a Certified Naturalist and perhaps becoming a Docent who leads tours at the Endangered Wolf Center?

First, you’ll need to take one of our Certified Naturalist training courses. Those who want to become Docents must take one additional class. If you’re interested, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Matt Fox at [email protected] or 636-938-5900 to learn when the courses will next be offered.

 

Classes are taught by members of our Animal Care and Education departments.