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Tanamara

Tanamara

I am remembered as… quiet, sweet, calm. A great matriarch and true alpha to my pack. I was a devoted mate and mother with a beautiful voice, one I passed on to my beloved Anna. I am Tanamara. Tanamara, whose name means “lonely wind,” was a very special Mexican gray wolf from the McBride lineage, the last five wolves recovered in 1980 when the species was declared extinct in the wild. In the fall of 2000, Tanamara was placed with Santa Ana, a valuable descendant of the Ghost Ranch lineage who was almost 13 years old and had never bred, despite being paired with suitable mates. Due to...

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Rocky

Rocky

I am…quiet, shy, wise. A strong yet gentle companion, having overcome obstacles from blindness to the loss of my pack. I am Rocky. Rocky was born on May 1, 2001, in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in New Mexico—a breeding success story, as this was the first endangered Mexican gray wolf litter to be born in New Mexico in decades. Unfortunately, the story was about to take a dramatic turn. Due to a drought, the den area that his wild-born mother chose did not have access to water. To make matters worse, her mate and his brother had abandoned the pack, and radio collar signals revealed that...

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Madre

Madre

I am…a matriarch, in the true sense of the word. I am more playful and younger than my years. I am a survivor. I am Madre. Madre is the alpha female of the Saddle Pack, who was widowed while pregnant in the wild. She met a new mate and foster father to her pups named Bob. With his help, Madre raised five pups. The Saddle Pack was released back into the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, where it was hoped they would help the species begin to recover. Quickly accused of depredation and going outside the wolf recovery area, however, the pack instead became a target of hunters. On two separate...

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