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Wolf Conservation Center Hosts Visitors from NYC

LEWISBORO – The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem hosted a busload of visitors from New York’s American Museum of Natural History last week, all of whom made the trek to see the center’s newest denizens: ambassador wolf pups Zephyr and Alawa.

The pups were bred to be “ambassador” wolves – socialized animals that will help the center to promote its mission of conservation and education. The WCC helps to breed and relocate wolves – an endangered species back to the wild, while teaching people about the true nature of these beautiful beasts.

The group from the museum, which has a partnership with the Wolf Center, was treated to a 20-minute lecture from Spencer Wilhelm, the WCC operations manager. Wilhelm explained the center’s mission and offered some insight into the plight of wolves in North America. He then led the group of about 30 on a tour of the facility, including a visit with Zephyr and Alawa, as well as a look at the red wolves and Mexican gray wolves that the center is hoping to breed and release back into their natural habitat.

“We do this somewhat frequently, and we’ve taken Atka, our lead ambassador wolf, down to the museum on several occasion,” said Deb Heineman, WCC’s executive director. “This year we have expanded the program.”

That expanded program for the visitors from New York included lunch at O2 Café. The group then met with Chris Evers from the Animal Embassy at the Stamford Museum where they learned about other endangered species, as well as the wolves.

Felicia and Jeffrey Campbell of Manhattan said they learned about the Wolf Conservation Center when they were at the Museum of Natural History.

“We went to the museum and they brought a few of the animals there and we decided we wanted to come and visit,” Felicia said. “I don’t think people should be killing these animals.”

Jeffrey Campbell said he was impressed with what he had seen at the center.

“It’s great. We are loving [the tour],” he said. “They are doing good work here.”

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