SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Wolf Conservation Center Foundation (WCCF), which raises funds to exclusively benefit the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, won a $50,000 grant last week through the Chase Community Giving Fall 2012 program.
Out of nearly 30,000 charity nominations in the Chase Giving grant competition, the WCCF garnered nearly 5,000 votes from supporters to place 44th in the contest, which yielded a $50,000 grant award.
“We are so grateful to Chase and the thousands of Wolf Conservation Center supporters who took the time to vote for our organization in this very important grant competition,” said Hélène Grimaud, founder of the WCC and president of the WCC Foundation. “This $50,000 grant will assist the Wolf Conservation Center Foundation in purchasing the leased lot where the Wolf Conservation Center has its educational facilities, offices and ambassador wolf enclosures.
“Over $500,000 of the Foundation’s funds have thus far been used to purchase 19 acres of land to support the WCC’s active role in the Species Survival Plan programs for red wolves and Mexican gray wolves,” Grimaud continued. “Our current ‘Den of Our Own’ capital campaign focuses on buying this final 6-acre leased lot so the WCC can ultimately become a wholly-owned facility with 25 acres of secluded wolf enclosures and a state-of-the-art education and research center.”
Founded in 1999, the mission of the center is to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. It accomplishes the mission through on- and off-site education programs that reach an average of 30,000 people a year and emphasize wolf history, the ecological benefits of wolves and other top predators, and the current status of wolf recovery in the United States.
The center also provides a natural habitat sanctuary for a few captive wolves where observation of natural behavior is possible. It also shelters and breeds critically endangered Mexican gray wolves and red wolves as part of the Species Survival Plan.