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At the sight of our jeep pulling away those animals were galloping with all the beauty of Gale Sayers breaking tackles and using blocks to hit paydirt. Soon they were upon us and sticking their heads into the jeep from which we fed them corn from a plastic cup. Open up those pictures up there next to name and you will see for yourself just close to you the animals at the Global Wildlife Center get. Even when you get the chance to feed the giraffes at a zoo, you don't get this close. They say camels spit more than Sparky Lyle in the bullpen, but the two camels who stuck their heads into the jeep were as polite Jim Palmer giving out free autographs. There was a shaggy camel as well, but the photo of the other camel that I have included (if you would be so kind as to take a look) reminded me of one of the camels that sing "We Three Kings" in a Claymation Christmas. I half expected him and the shaggy camel to burst into Christmas songs as we fed them corn right out of our hand. My favorite animal right now and for the past few years is the American bison. That animal is just such an amazing creature that it managed to shove my former favorite animal, the penguin, right out of first place. Much to my surprise the Global Wildlife Center had some bison on hand and though conservatives would probably be offended by the interspecies mingling with longhorn steers, I think normal people would be equally amazed at the chance for their kids to actually pet one of the inspiring animals. Look at that picture and take special notice of the intelligence that you can see in that eye.

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Fish and Wildlife Service had signed 'an order to shoot the wolf, which was accused of killing too many cows, but rescinded the order'after SWCC stepped in. This is the first time since 2007 that the agency planned to kill a wolf because of predatory attacks on wildlife. ' (The rancher who lost the cattle has been compensated). View slideshow:Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center provides sanctuary to wildlife The wolf was undoubtedly preying on these cows to help feed her family of four puppies. The puppies will remain with the pack, 'as they will be cared for by their father' according to Linda Searles, Founder and Executive Director of SWCC. U. S. Fish and Wildlife agreed to allow SWCC to 'provide permanent sanctuary' to the wolf, according to a press release by Patrick Impiccini. F1188 is a Mexican gray wolf thatPhoto credit: Photo: Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center The last 'official count' shows that only 58 Mexican Gray Wolves remain in the wild, 'making them one of the most endangered mammals in North America. ' According to Impiccini, 'SWCC is the only wildlife facility in Arizona capable of handling large mammals such as wolves, and serves as a holding facility for the USFWS's Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program. ' "We're happy we could find a solution to this situation, other than killing the animal, because there are so few of these wolves left," says Searles.