The UNM School of Law hosts a panel discussion, "The Challenge of Mexican Wolf Recovery: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives of Key Players," Wednesday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m. in room 2401.

Animal Protection of New Mexico has coordinated with the UNM Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the UNM Wilderness Alliance to create UNM Wolf Awareness Day, an event that both examines and celebrates UNM's mascot, the Mexican gray wolf, or "lobo," and its ongoing reintroduction into New Mexico and Arizona.

SALDF President Owen Johnson said, "The lobo has a prominent position within New Mexican culture and history, of which the UNM mascot is an expression. With Federal legislators attempting to have gray wolves delisted despite a continuing danger of extinction, we wanted to learn more about the relevant issues and law."

At 6 p.m., SALDF sponsors a screening of two short films related to Mexican wolf reintroduction. The first film debates the Mexican wolf reintroduction; the second film is rare footage of the first releases of Mexican wolves into the wild in 1998/99.

Earlier in the day, from noon to 1 p.m., UNM Wild sponsors a rally on behalf of the five Mexican wolves illegally poached in 2011. The rally begins at the UNM Bookstore and moves to the intersection of Central & University. The event will feature advocacy groups including UNM Wilderness Alliance and Great Old Broads for Wilderness and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Phil Carter at (505) 967-5297 or email: