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A Mexican wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (Credit: AP)

A Mexican wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y. According to the center's website, there are about 400 Mexican gray wolves in the world, making it one of the rarest mammals in North America. (October 6, 2011)

Rare wolves raised in conservation center

The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem is part of a national effort to return endangered wolves to the wild.

Maggie Howell, director of the Wolf Conservation Center,
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Maggie Howell, director of the Wolf Conservation Center, walks on the grounds in South Salem, N.Y. (October 6, 2011)

A breeding pair of Mexican wolves look around
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A breeding pair of Mexican wolves look around their enclosure at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y. According to the center's website, it is home to 16 Mexican gray wolves. (October 6, 2011)

Red wolves walk around their enclosure at the
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Red wolves walk around their enclosure at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y. The Wolf Conservation Center is raising and breeding endangered Mexican and red wolves. (October 6, 2011)

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A red wolf runs at the Wolf Conservation
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A red wolf runs at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y. According to the center's website, there are fewer than 300 red wolves in the world making it one of the rarest mammals in North America. The center is home to six red wolves. (October 6, 2011)

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