Endangered Mexican wolves howl into Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (August 29, 2011) — There’s a new animal in town. That’s right, El Lobo is invading Tucson for two weeks this September. Fifty pieces of original art, silhouettes representing the last Mexican wolves alive in the wild, will be displayed on buildings throughout the city in a community-wide celebration of the Mexican wolf’s return to the Southwest.

On Thursday, Sept. 1 from 6-8 p.m. join Defenders of Wildlife and local artist, Lauren Strohacker, for a reception kicking off the citywide (No)where, (Now)here art display and  accompanying Where’s El Lobo scavenger hunt contest, which aims to increase public awareness of the challenges facing this rare and critically endangered species.

The Where’s El Lobo contest runs from Sept. 3 – 17, and Tucson residents will have a chance to win an Apache Wilderness Journey for two (a $3,000 value) and other cool prizes. All they have to do is find El Lobo. The art pieces will be hosted by local businesses, Ward offices, participating libraries and organizations across the city.

WHO:  Artist Lauren Strohacker: www.animalrevival.org

Defenders of Wildlife

Congressman Raul Grijalva (Guest Speaker)

Supervisor Richard Elias (Guest Speaker)

Council Member Steve Kozachik (Guest Speaker)

WHAT:  Artist Reception and kickoff event for Where’s El Lobo

WHEN: Thursday September 1, 2011 from 6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:  La Cocina Restaurant in Old Town Artisans

201 N. Court Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701

CONTACT:  Keely Sinclair: Southwest Coordinator, Defenders of Wildlife

ksinclair@defenders.org    520-623-9653 x106

Apache Wilderness Tour – http://staging.defenders.org/programs_and_policy/wildlife_conservation/imperiled_species/wolves/wolf_recovery_efforts/southwest_wolves/apache_wilderness_journeys.php