Wildlife Conservation Network

Wildlife Research

Ernest Thompson Seton, a wolf expert, had been hired by local ranchers in a town called Clayton to hunt down Lobo and kill him by any means necessary. In October of 1893 Ernest Seton rode into town expecting the job to take only a few weeks. By the time he arrived, most of the wolves had already been killed. Cattle ranches were taking over land, forcing the gray wolf to turn to other food sources as their natural prey became scarce. Buffalo had been the wolf's food supply, but man, not caring about wildlife conservation, hunted buffalo almost to the point of extinction. To survive, wolf packs turned to easy prey in the growing herds of cattle.

Wildlife Urban Interface

Others, such as the Mexican gray wolf and Leonardo, are not able to be released for a variety of reasons, and these animals are used in programs to educate children and visitors to the SWCC about the role of wildlife in our world. The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) is sort of like The Island of Misfit Toys from Rudolph - they provide home, sanctuary and love for creatures that don't quite fit anyplace else and that have no place else to go. They provide a place that is the next best thing to being able to live wild and free in the animal's natural habitat when that, for whatever reason, is no longer an option. The SWCC recently saved the life of an alpha female Mexican Gray Wolf, F1188, from New Mexico. The U. S. *At Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, founder Carole Baskin's vision is to end the abuse and abandonment of captive exotic animals and promote preservation of the species in the wild. According to Baskin, this educational sanctuary strives to give the cats "the best care we can while. educating the public on the plight of these animals so that some day there will be no need for a sanctuary to exist.