The Mexican wolf once roamed throughout vast portions of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. But, as human settlement intensified across the Southwestern United States in the early 1900s, wolves increasingly came into conflict with livestock operations and other human activities. Private, state, and federal extermination campaigns were carried out against the wolf until, by the 1970’s, the Mexican wolf had been all but eliminated from the United States and Mexico. Today there are approximately 350 Mexican wolves surviving, 300 of these live in 48 different captive breeding facilities in the United States and Mexico, whilst only approximately 50 Mexican wolves live in the wild.
The Endangered Wolf Center houses both Mexican and red wolves, as well as other species such as the African Wild Dog. As a breeding centre, the EWC is involved with the reintroduction programmes of both red and Mexican wolves. They are hoping for some litters of Mexican wolf pups to be born this year and the UKWCT's funds will be used to help look after their Mexican wolves.