Girl leads efforts to bring wolves back to Binder Park Zoo

Posted at 4:43 PM, Nov 14, 2016

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – A 12-year-old girl has succeeded in bringing Mexican gray wolves back to Binder Park Zoo.

Zoo officials reported in September that their last Mexican gray wolf named Phoenix had died.  He was one of a litter of wolves born at the zoo in 2002.

Mackenzie Couch - from GoFundMe

Mackenzie Couch – from GoFundMe

Officials say a 12-year-old girl named Mackenzie Couch started this fall with a fundraising campaign to help bring wolves back to the zoo.  Her “Call of the Wild” project is hoping to raise $10,000 to bring wolves back.

The zoo recently was notified of two young Mexican gray wolves, which are brothers, have been approved to relocate to the Binder Park Zoo.  Mackenzie’s fundraising campaign will pay for the transportation of the wolves and modifications to the exhibit.

Zoo officials say Mexican gray wolves are one of the rarest animals in the world with only about 350 left worldwide and only 50 living in the wild.

To donate to Mackenzie’s effort, click here.