"Dakota" at rest. Photo credit by Allison Bailey.

The University of New Mexico Biology Undergraduate Society, or BUGS, hosts an educational outreach event titled Wolf Fest 2014 on Friday, April 11 on Smith Plaza in front of Zimmerman Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event’s goal is to raise awareness of the endangered New Mexico Grey Wolf, also known as the Lobo, UNM's mascot.

Other animal education groups, including Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, WildEarth Gaurdians, Project Coyote and Hawks Aloft, will be present to educate the public on other native species important to the ecosystems of our state.

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary houses over 60 captive-bred wolves and wolf-dogs, most of who were rescued from abusive or neglectful situations. Since the animals were raised in a captive situation, they do not possess the skills necessary to survive in the wild and cannot be released. WSWS offer lifelong care to all of its residents. The Sanctuary has been incorporated since 1994, received its 501(c)3 IRS status and USDA licensure in 1995 and is now recognized as one of the most experienced sanctuaries for wolves and wolf-dogs in the country. For more information, visit: Wild Wolf Sanctuary.

For more information about Wolf Fest 2014, contact April Chavez at (505) 203-8684 or email, achave09@unm.edu.