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Mexican gray wolves are the smallest gray wolf subspecies and are approximately half of the size of the North American gray wolf. Despite the name “gray” wolf, their coats are a mix of gray, rust, brown, black and cream.
Mexican gray wolves are social animals and live in packs, usually with an alpha breeding pair and their offspring. They hunt cooperatively so that they can take out prey much larger than themselves. Pups are born blind and helpless in litters of 4 – 7, and the subordinates in the pack will help to raise the pups. By the 1970's, Mexican gray wolves were wiped out in the United States. In 1998, eleven Mexican gray wolves were released into the wild by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Today, there are approximately 100 Mexican gray wolves in the wild. They are the most endangered wolf subspecies in the world, and the biggest threat to these animals is human intolerance.
Your Adopt-an-Animal donation will be used to support these resilient beasts and further the San Francisco Zoological Society’s mission to connect people to wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action. An adoption of a Mexican gray wolf makes a great gift for friends, coworkers, family or for yourself!
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