This article originally published on El Paso Proud
El Paso, TX
Earlier this week, photographer and journalist Christina Selby began a 2-day photo shoot with the Mexican wolves at the El Paso Zoo that will support long-term Mexican wolf conservation.
“I am creating a portfolio of images that powerfully tells the story of Mexican wolves,” explained Selby. “I hope to be able to dispel myths about wolf behavior, shed light on the challenges the wolves face, and support the important recovery work that’s happening in our region.”
During her time at the Zoo, Selby is working with zookeepers to photograph the wolves inside their habitat. She has also set up a motion-triggered camera that will allow for closer, more intimate photos.
“The work that zoos do to protect endangered species is really important,” said Selby. “Especially as the wild population is struggling. Zoos will play an increasingly important conservation role going forward and I’m excited to be able to document those efforts here at the El Paso Zoo.”
Supporting Selby’s work is one of the many ways that the El Paso Zoo is investing in Mexican wolf recovery. In October, Zoo staff members assisted conservation organizations in building boundary fences to protect wild wolf populations in the Gila Wilderness. In addition, during two separate trips in November, members of the Zoo staff helped round up wolves near Truth or Consequences at the Turner Foundation’s Ladder Ranch where they conduct endangered species conservation research and breeding. During these trips, Zoo staff assisted with physical exams, vaccines, and parasite treatments that prepared the wolves for being released into the wild in Mexico.
“It’s all about partnering,” said Zoo Director Steve Marshall. “No one organization can do it all on their own, but by joining together, we are actively saving animals from extinction. I am very proud that the El Paso Zoo is able to consistently support such important conservation and recovery efforts.”
Selby is a photographer and writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She writes about nature, the environment, conservation science, and travel. Her work has appeared in High Country News, Ensia, and Mongabay, among other places. Selby recently completed a fellowship in science writing with The Open Notebook.
To learn more about Christina Selby, visit www.christinamselby.com.