Mexican Wolf close-up
I have long felt that I didn't want to upload any photos of animals in captivity, (I know they are allowed, but somehow to me in didn't seem to be in the spirit of JungleDragon), but with this one I have decided to change my views, and yes, this photo of the highly endangered Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) is from the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum in the American Southwest. I think that this is justified in this case for 3 reasons: 1) This is a highly endangered species with only a few hundred individuals in the wild; 2) the zoo in which I saw and photographed them is within its original range; and 3) the area where it has been re-introduced after going extinct in the wild is remote and they are essentially impossible to see unless you are a wildlife biologist. I also think that it is a pretty cool close-up of a beautiful animal.
The Mexican Wolf is a subspecies of the Gray Wolf. It is native to North America, where it is the rarest and most genetically distinct subspecies.