It’s hard enough for an experienced photographer to immortalize an animal posing, so capturing a whole family in front of the lens is an incredible opportunity.
It did, though, thanks to a trail camera installed by the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), a non-profit organization based in South Salem, New York, whose primary focus is to protect wolves. The photo in question shows the six members of a pack of gray wolves lined up on large tree trunks in the shape of a majestic “V”. Specimens look at the camera as if following the directions of a photographer. But surprisingly, this photo is totally spontaneous, without any human intervention.
The Mexican gray wolf, an endangered species
When WCC Executive Director Maggie Howell looks at the family photo, she sees it as “a symbol of the species fighting to escape extinction. The Mexican gray wolf or lobo is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of North America’s most endangered mammals . And she adds, “In the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping and poisoning drove lobos to extinction in the wild, and only a handful remain in captivity196 at the moment. wild in the United States. »
In any case, we never tire of watching this absolutely sublime shot!