California Wolf Center | Animal Photographer

April 29, 2015

Last weekend I had the great opportunity to photograph a different kind of dog.  Located approximately one hour east of San Diego, the California Wolf Center is home to several packs of gray wolves, including the highly endangered Mexican Gray Wolf.  One of the rarest land mammals in the world, these animals are now being bred and reintroduced into the southwestern United States.  

 

Now wouldn't you believe it - it rained the whole time.  You read that right, it rained in San Diego.  I actually think it worked to our advantage, and the light really set the mood for these majestic animals.

 

 

The California Gray Wolves proved a little less elusive than their subspecies counterpart.  One quickly came out to greet us...

 

 ...and the others soon followed.

 This guy had a choice face to express how he felt about rain in San Diego.

 

But some seemed to quite enjoy it. 

 

 According to their website, human-caused mortality is the leading cause of death for gray wolves.  Human tolerance and acceptance of sharing the landscape with wolves is perhaps the single most important factor in safeguarding wolves' road to recovery.  The California Wolf Center offers an informative session with each tour, designed to  educate the public on the critical role these animals play in their ecosystem as a cornerstone species.  

 Find out more about the Center and schedule your visit at https://www.californiawolfcenter.org/