28 June 2011 NEW VIDEO: The Next Generation of Lobos? Posted by: James Navarro | 1 comment | Share: Although the parents of these two Mexican gray wolf pups fell victim to a past policy that locked down (or worse) wolves suspected of three attacks on livestock, F1046 and M863 are still helping to keep the flame burning for endangered lobos. The couple had four pups in late spring at a special captive-breeding facility in California, the California Wolf Center announced. The center is home to some 17 Mexican gray wolves, and pups born there may one day go on to lead a life in the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico. Special breeding facilities, like the California Wolf Center, have been instrumental in saving lobos from extinction. From 1977 to 1980, five Mexican wolves — only one female — were captured in Mexico and brought to these centers, where biologists began the delicate task of mating them to avoid severe inbreeding and to strengthen their genetic diversity. Thanks to the success of this effort, some 50 Mexican wolves now roam the wild — all of them either born in captivity or descended from captive-bred wolves. Aside from checkups with a veterinarian, the pups will have little contact with people so that they hold on to an instinctual fear of humans — a trait that will help them avoid conflicts if they are released into the wild. But you can catch a rare glimpse of these adorable animals in the above video, courtesy of the California Wolf Center. One Response to “NEW VIDEO: The Next Generation of Lobos?” Renato June 29th, 2011 Pls , keep sending all about Wolves … That’s very very important to me …. Many Tks in advance .. Yours Truly , Renato Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona. The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home?