Wolves rely on one another to function, thrive, and survive. As highly social animals, they live in structured family units called packs. Cooperative living gives wolf families lots of benefits, including raising pups.
Raising pups is a family affair; so it is natural for all the wolves to pitch in with love and patience.
Older offspring will assist their parents in rearing their younger siblings by regurgitating food for them, playing with them, and even babysitting. Moreover, the parents will demonstrate critical parenting strategies and techniques for the yearlings to employ when they have pups of their own.
Passing down knowledge from one generation to the next also allows the family to maintain traditions unique to that pack.
Beyond being patient and loving, this Mexican gray wolf family represents the Wolf Conservation Center’s active participation in the effort to save this species from the brink of extinction.
The WCC, a 501c3 non-profit organization in South Salem, NY, is one of a network of facilities participating in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan – a bi-national initiative whose primary purpose is to support the reestablishment of Mexican gray wolves in the wild through captive breeding, public education, and research.
For more information about wolves and the WCC’s participation in wolf recovery, please visit our website at www.nywolf.org.
If you want to watch the WCC’s critically endangered Mexican gray wolves or red wolves in live time, visit our live wolf webcams at https://nywolf.org/meet-our-wolves/webcams/
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