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photolady
Date Posted: Nov/25/2011 8:04 AM
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Our local zoo is participating in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's breeding program for Mexican gray wolves. There are 5 gray wolf subspecies and the Mexican gray is the most endangered. If interested, you can learn more at:

Mexican Gray Wolf info

Human interaction with Mexican gray wolves in the breeding program is kept to a minimum in an effort to keep the natural wild instincts. The ultimate goal is to reintroduce wolves back into the wild. To stimulate the natural instincts, our zoo offers the wolves "real life" feedings periodically. These feedings include deer, wild turkey, etc. but never domestic livestock. The source of the deer in our area is usually deer that have been killed in collisions with motor vehicles.

So ... attached is a recent photo from a "real life" feeding.

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Alice

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chance
Date Posted: Nov/25/2011 12:47 PM
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EWE but WOW! You can see every strand of fur on these wolves. What majestic animals.

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kennymc
Date Posted: Nov/25/2011 12:54 PM
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That is some mean stare and a good photograph to boot.

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photolady
Date Posted: Nov/25/2011 3:36 PM
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chance - I know some people who will not take their young children to see the "real life" feedings because of the graphic nature of the interaction.

Kenny - thanks! Glad you like the photo.

I don't know about zoos worldwide but the zoos here in the States have been moving away from just being a collection of animals to being actively involved in conservation. Even our small local zoo is participating in 14 Species Survival Plans.

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Alice

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Steve
Date Posted: Nov/26/2011 12:58 AM
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Awesome photo! I love animals acting like they are supposed to.

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Steve

Reality can be beaten with enough imagination..... Mark Twain

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photolady
Date Posted: Nov/26/2011 1:23 PM
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Thanks Steve.

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Alice

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crankypants
Date Posted: Dec/08/2011 7:41 PM
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You nailed that spot on. Great capture.

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Stay in life, life is a gift. It's a joy. Don't drop out of it...Dick LeBeau

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photolady
Date Posted: Dec/13/2011 7:33 PM
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Thanks Kevin. These wolves really attack the carcass during these feedings so it makes for some really good natural behavior photos.

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crankypants
Date Posted: Dec/13/2011 8:59 PM
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The look on that wolf's face is just vicious. You captured it well.

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Stay in life, life is a gift. It's a joy. Don't drop out of it...Dick LeBeau

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Victor
Date Posted: Dec/16/2011 2:00 PM
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definitely a job for the looong lens


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