Poster #6 – Wolves & Foxes
Wolves & Foxes:
Poster #6 in the Vibrant Fiber Community Poster Series
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Seeing The Last Red Wolves
The North American red wolf is on the verge of extinction. The red wolf recovery program is under threat of termination – ending protection in the wild. An estimated 300 red wolves remain with 12 mortalities in 2015.
The Story of the Red Wolf
Once widespread in the Eastern United States, the red wolf (Canis rufus) was, by 1980, designated a critically endangered species. In response to the threat of extinction, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) implemented the Red Wolf Recovery Program to support the wolf’s survival. This included a network of accredited captive breeding institutions to augment the wild population. Even so, the future of the red wolf remains bleak; of a total estimated population of under 300 animals, less than 75 exist in the wild in northeastern North Carolina. Human predation, habitat loss and hybridization hinder the recovery of these shy and secretive creatures. The threatened termination of the USFWS Red Wolf Recovery Program could be a mortal blow to the last wild population in the world.
Working to Save the Red Wolf from Extinction
The threats facing the red wolf are imminent and complicated, but not-for-profit agencies are stepping up to meet the challenges. Two New York State organizations, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse and the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, are in the forefront of conservation efforts. Together they’ve established a breeding program aimed at rebuilding and genetically diversifying of the dwindling red wolf population, to prevent its’ extinction. These endangered creatures can be seen at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. You can learn more about the conservation efforts of these vital community organizations, and others engaged in red wolf survival by visiting the links below.
Collaborating Community Organizations
Founded in 1914, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park in Syracuse New York, is among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country as an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is dedicated to connecting people to the natural world by providing engaging guest experiences, exceptional animal care, and unparalleled conservation education.
The zoo actively collaborates with Friends of the Zoo to provide its guests “the best day ever,” ensuring experiences that excite, memories that endure, and knowledge that inspires worldwide conservation.
The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), founded in 1999 by Hélène Grimaud, is a private, not-for-profit environmental education organization located in South Salem, NY.
The WCC’s mission is to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. The WCC accomplishes this mission through onsite and offsite education programs emphasizing wolf biology, the ecological benefits of wolves and other large predators, and the current status of wolf recovery in the United States.
The WCC also participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Recovery Plan for two critically endangered wolf species, the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) and the red wolf (Canis rufus). The Mexican gray wolf and the red wolf are among the rarest mammals in North America; both species at one time were completely extinct in the wild.
Presently there are approximately 400 Mexican gray wolves and 300 red wolves remaining in the world, the majority living within the network of facilities like the WCC participating in the SSP. Every one of these endangered wolves in captivity is a part of something bigger than their pack and the facilities that house them. These special canids are integral parts of the recovery of their rare species. Many of these wolves contribute as ambassadors, living on view at a variety of zoos throughout the United States to help people learn about the importance of their wild counterparts.
About This Vibrant Fiber Poster Series
The “Vibrant Fiber” poster calendar series is designed to showcase the many unique printing solutions offered by our company. In this collaboration with photographer Matt Wittmeyer, Canfield & Tack has utilized a premium Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified recycled paper. This chlorine free 100% recycled paper matched with a biodegradable finish, highlight the natural beauty of the wolves. This is just one of the many ways our company visually elevates the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Can Do Spirit
In an effort to support the red wolf, our employees have adopted Cheyenne a new female red wolf that has just entered the breeding program at Rosamond Gifford Zoo. We’ll keep you posted on Cheyenne progress on our website. To adopt an animal visit www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org or www.nywolf.org.
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Vibrant Fiber Contributors
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