The Mexican gray wolf was listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1976, and captive breeding programs around the southwest have attempted to re-establish wild populations.
“Wolves play a critical role in our environment as major predators, helping to keep elk and deer populations in balance with the habitat,” said Megan Lanigan, Zoo Education Coordinator. “In the early 1900s, people began eliminating wolves, which caused an increase in grazing pressure on trees, destroying the habitat in some areas.”
Visitors to the Zoo can see three of the BioPark’s Mexican gray wolves on exhibit. Mariposa, Scarlet and Anuk, all females, display some of the complex social behaviors of wolves in the wild. Wolves have a hierarchical structure to their packs, and Scarlet is the dominant wolf at the BioPark.
Wolf Awareness Days are included with regular admission. The BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. For more information, visit www.cabq.gov/biopark or call 311 locally or (505) 768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).
Caption: A Mexican Gray Wolf at the ABQ BioPark. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.