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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. "We will continue to work with Fish and Wildlife through the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program to maintain the species, which is an important part of our ecosystem and our Western heritage. " According to Patrick Impiccini, the Nina Mason Pulliam Foundation will provide funds to construct an enclosure for the female wolf, but SWCC founder Linda Searles noted that SWCC needs donations to help it care for the animal. Like other wildlife at the sanctuary, the wolf will help educate children and other visitors to SWCC about the role different mammals play in our ecosystem and the importance of preserving endangered species. In addition to saving this wolf from being destroyed, last summer, they rescued a leopard named Leonardo who was being kept at a 'deplorable roadside zoo .