Celebrating A 20 Year Rewilding Milestone
Today marks the 20th anniversary of a milestone for the Mexican Gray Wolf or “lobo,” one of the most endangered animals in North America. On March 29, 1998, 11 captive-reared lobos were reintroduced into the wild in Arizona & New Mexico as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Missing from the landscape for more than 30 years due to human devastation, the howl of the rarest and most unique subspecies of gray wolf was once again greeted by the mountains of the southwest. On this anniversary, as wolves continue to struggle due to politics, loss of land and illegal killings, it’s important to emphasize their vital role in the web of life.
Wolves are stewards of our ecosystem. Watch this short film, ‘How Wolves Change Rivers’ to learn how the presence of wolves literally changes the landscape.
Sacred Warrior has had the honor of partnering with the Wolf Conservation Center in So. Salem NY for the last four years. The organization is instrumental in ensuring the species’ survival in the wild. Because lobos have been pushed to the brink of extinction, their recovery has required human intervention. The WCC is one of largest holding facilities for this rare species and three lobos from the WCC have been given the opportunity to resume their rightful place in the wild. 14 Mexican gray wolves currently reside in the WCC’s private, wild & secluded Endangered Species area.
“Wolves released back into the wild are chosen based on behavioral criteria: natural, shy, elusive behavior. The wolves at the WCC are given the opportunity to be released back into a natural, wild habitat because they are kept off-exhibit and away from visitors, even staff members, to maintain their healthy aversion to humans. By safeguarding their natural, wild behavior, we are giving them the opportunity to be prepared for that wild future.” ~ Maggie Howell, WCC Director
Our Sacred Warrior Rewilding retreats at the WCC give you the opportunity to spend time amongst these incredible animals, learn first hand about their essential role in our ecosystem, uplug, howl, connect with nature and support the WCC’s work. In honor of #loboweek we’re launching a contest for a space in our April 26th co-ed or August Reclaim The Wild Woman retreat at the Wolf Conservation Center. To enter, simply help raise awareness: Join us on instagram at @sacredwarrior7 and comment, tag or share with those who love wolves with the hashtags #wolvesareessential & #savetheesa (endangered species act). Get engaged and repost our wolf related content through Earth Day, April 22nd. The winner will be chosen at random from the most active participants and announced on Earth Day. Stay tuned for more wolf-related blogs until then. Hope to howl with you soon!
More information on The WCC & how to get involved HERE
Support The Defenders Of Wildlife and stay up to date HERE
An in depth article about the lobo & WCC from Earth Justice HERE
More about our retreats with the WCC HERE