By Lewisboro Ledger Staff
The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) has joined #LoboWeek, a first-of-its-kind effort that will harness the collective power of a wild group of partners to educate people about the importance of wolves on the landscape of the Southwest. On March 29, 1998, 11 captive-reared Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) were released to the wild for the first time in the Blue Range Recovery Area of Arizona and New Mexico.
Missing from the landscape for more than 30 years, the howl of the rarest and most unique subspecies of gray wolf was once again greeted by the mountains of the Southwest. This month marks the 15th anniversary of this historic event, a significant milestone for the lobo and wildlife conservation. In recognition of the anniversary, the WCC will be joining the #LoboWeek movement to educate people about the Mexican wolf, or “lobo,” and our efforts to successfully restore these critically endangered wolves to their ancestral homes in the wild.
During the week of Saturday, March 23, to Saturday, March 30, wildlife organizations, zoos, advocacy groups, businesses and individuals will come together with one common purpose — to educate the public about the most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America, the Mexican gray wolf.
#LoboWeek will harness the power of social media to broaden the reach and create a national moment. All week #LoboWeek partners will dedicate time to the lobo on Facebook and Twitter, offering information about the lobo, special events around the country celebrating the special milepost in lobo recovery, contests, games, photos, and video.