The Issue: Wolves at Risk of Life-Threatening Diseases
Wolves are susceptible to many of the same diseases that domestic dogs face, such as parvo, distemper, and rabies, which often are fatal and have no cure. In a monitored habitat, wolves can live 10–12 years—compared to 5–7 years in the wild—due in part to limited exposure to these diseases. Yet even animals in monitored habitats are not immune, and once a disease enters a pack, it can spread quickly. Vaccinations can help protect wolves and increase their lifespans, aiding efforts toward bolstering wild populations. This is especially relevant for the California Wolf Center, which houses 13 of the remaining 358 mexican gray wolves in existence.
The Campaign: Vaccinating 19 Wolves Against Disease
If 46 people donate $10 or $30, then the California Wolf Center can provide preventative health services for its 19 resident wolves. The first $460 will provide the 19 wolves with vaccinations against life-threatening rabies, distemper, parvo, and other common canid diseases. Each additional $10 and $30 donation will go toward health checkups, bloodwork, and other medicines for the wolves.
People who donate $10 and register with the organization will receive one admission pass for a Wolf Recovery Today weekend tour. People who donate $30 and register with the organization will receive a Lone Wolf membership, which includes free public tours for 12 months, half off private tours, a discount in the gift shop, and two one-time guest passes.
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California Wolf Center
California Wolf Center was founded in 1977 to educate the public about wildlife and ecology, specifically the history and behavior of the gray wolf. Located 50 miles east of San Diego, it houses 19 wolves—five Alaskan gray wolves and 14 of the approximately 358 Mexican gray wolves that exist worldwide. The wolves act as ambassadors for the wild, taking part in educational programs for the public. The center also participates in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan, which aims to help the endangered species recover in the wild. At the facility, wolves live in off-exhibit enclosures that can help retain their natural behavior since some of them will eventually be released back into the wild.