Evening Benefits Defenders of Wildlife and Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
Experience the mystique of the Mexican gray wolf, one of the planet’s most endangered mammals, at a one-of-a-kind Dinner with Wolves at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016.
Sponsored by My Sister’s Closet and CEO Ann Siner, the evening will benefit Defenders of Wildlife and Arizona’s Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Guests can drive themselves or ride on the private bus, included in the ticket price, with pick up and drop off at My Sister’s Closet located at the Lincoln Village Shopping Center at 6204 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85253.
The intimate evening will begin with a 4:00 p.m. departure from My Sister’s Closet Lincoln Village. Upon arrival and during the cocktail hour, guests will have the opportunity to take guided tours of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and see the resident Mexican gray wolves.
Cocktail hour and tours will be followed by a silent auction, sit-down dinner and presentation by Nancy Gloman who oversees the Defenders of Wildlife’s Field Conservation Programs. The evening will conclude at approximately 6:30 p.m. when guests may board the private bus back to My Sister’s Closet.
Mingling mere feet from the wolves’ enclosures, guests attending Dinner with Wolves will be up close and personal with several Mexican gray wolves now living at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, along with other animals including bears, mountain lions and leopards.
Dinner with Wolves will introduce guests to the plight and beauty of the Mexican gray wolf, the most endangered gray wolf in the world. At last count, there were fewer than 120 wild Mexican gray wolves in the entire world with only 50 living in Arizona, 47 in New Mexico and approximately 19 in Mexico. Guests will learn how their support can save this special animal within our own state boundaries.
“We have raised more than $55,000 in the last few years towards the awareness about the Mexican gray wolf and this year, we hope to double that and continue raising awareness so people understand how terribly close this animal is to extinction,” said Title Sponsor, Ann Siner, founder and CEO of My Sister’s Closet. “We have a chance to save this wolf right here in Arizona, but it’s going to take education and everyone pitching in to save these endangered wolves.”
Nancy Gloman oversees Defenders’ Field Conservation Programs including field offices in California, Alaska, the Southwest, the Rockies and Plains, the Northwest and the Southeast and our signature “Living with Wildlife” or human-wildlife coexistence program. With more than 30 years of experience working on Mexican gray wolf recovery, Nancy says Arizona has an opportunity to make a difference.
“Defenders of Wildlife is thrilled to be working with Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and dedicated conservationist Ann Siner to raise awareness and support for the plight of Mexican gray wolves,” said Gloman. “These wolves, an iconic species of the Southwest, are on the brink of extinction, and it’s people like Ann who make a real difference for our state’s imperiled wildlife.”
Only 100 seats are available for this intimate and rare Dinner with Wolves event so reserve your space now.Individual tickets are $250.00 and can be purchased online at www.dinnerwithwolves.com.Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Defenders of Wildlife and Arizona’s Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.
About the Mexican gray wolf
By the late 1970s, the Mexican gray wolf (also known as “lobo”) was nearly eradicated from the United States. They, like their gray wolf relatives in the Northern Rockies, were hunted, trapped and slaughtered – until only a handful remained. In 1976, Mexican gray wolves were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and captive breeding programs began to jumpstart recovery efforts. In 1998, the first eleven Mexican gray wolves were released back into the wild in Arizona. At last count, there were 97 wild Mexican gray wolves in the U.S., a drop from last year’s count of 110. The lobo’s survival is still threatened by bureaucratic inertia and ill-founded hatred. Defenders of Wildlife says these wolves need three things in order to recover: more wolf releases in the U.S., a science-based recovery plan and additional core populations in suitable habitat.
About Defenders of Wildlife Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With more than 1.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information visit www.defenders.org and follow on Twitter @Defenders.
About Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center Southwest Wildlife rescues and rehabilitates wildlife that has been injured, displaced, and orphaned. Once rehabilitated, they are returned to the wild. Wildlife education includes advice on living with wildlife and the importance of native wildlife to healthy ecosystems. Educational and humane scientific research opportunities are offered in the field of conservation medicine. Sanctuary is provided to animals that cannot be released back to the wild.
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