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NM Wilderness Alliance launches 5th international Mexican gray wolf collector’s stamp
This year’s stamp—chosen from more than 50 entries—inspired by Albuquerque native wolf
Albuquerque—April 6, 2015— The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance just released its 5th international collector’s stamp commemorating the Mexican gray wolf.
Each year, artists from across the country submit their artwork to the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, who organizes the contest.
This year’s stamp design, inspired by a former Albuquerque resident Gypsy the wolf, was chosen from more than 50 entries.
Gypsy, a female Mexican gray wolf, was born in 2004 at the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, as part of the Species Survival Plan and has been a resident of Wolf Haven International in Washington since 2005.
Says artist Skie Bender, “I’ve always been fond of Gypsy for her gregarious albeit shy and curious energy.”
The Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp is a framing-quality conservation stamp. Native to the Southwest, the Mexican gray wolf—or lobo—was reintroduced to the wild more than 17 years ago through a captive breeding program, yet still struggles to survive with only 109 left in the wild. All proceeds from the stamp benefit Mexican gray wolf conservation and education efforts.
To purchase the 2015 stamp as well as previous years’ stamps, visit nmwild.org/purchasewolfstamp
About the artist: Bender is Education Outreach Specialist at Wolf Haven International, a nonprofit sanctuary for captive-born wolves, located in the small farming community of Tenino, Wash. Bender exhibits her artwork throughout the west and Pacific Northwest. She connects her love for animals with her passion for art by donating proceeds of her paintings to various animal rescue organizations.