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Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project

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The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project (GCWRP) works collaboratively with partner organizations to educate and motivate the regional public to support wolf restoration. By creating meaningful opportunities for the public to learn about wolves, experience their habitat first-hand, interact with land managers and engage in public decision-making, we are making positive grassroots change to achieve improved and sustainable habitat conditions for wildlife, specifically wolves. Our goals are to compel leadership within the Grand Canyon National Park, surrounding land management agencies, and the regional community to help lead the way for the return of Mexican gray wolves, the most endangered subspecies of wolf in the world, to a suitable portion of their historic range in Arizona.

Because of the critical ecological role played by wolves, in 2004, concerned citizens and conservation leaders joined forces to form a new grassroots organization, the GCWRP, to restore the wolf to its former range. Wolves are native to northern Arizona but were eradicated from the region in the early 1900s as part of a wolf extermination program. The Mexican gray wolf is now considered the most endangered mammal in North America, with a population of only about 83 individuals in the wild of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico.

With the help of our volunteers, over the last seven years we have held 39 events to build support for wolves, distributed information through tabling at over 50 public forums, and educated over 13,000 people from the U.S. and abroad by tabling at the North and South rims of Grand Canyon National Park and regional events. Our tabling campaign has generated over 3,000 post cards to the Southwest Regional Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service expressing support for the recovery of wolves to the Grand Canyon region. We continue to build positive public enthusiasm for wolves through education programs in schools, outreach events, and communication with regional businesses.

Visit our Coalition Partners Page to see what other organizations support our mission to restore wolves in the Grand Canyon region.

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