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Arrived at Mission: Wolf on August 21, 2002
Lives with Zeab, Abraham
Magpie , nicknamed Maggie is our lead Ambassador Wolf. She was one of two females born in April 2002 in South Carolina to British Colombian and Arctic Wolf parents. Although her two brothers were recruited for a movie project, Magpie and her sister Raven were not used by the trainer and were in need of a home.
At only 4 months of age Maggie and Raven arrived at Mission: Wolf and were instantly the stars of the refuge. Rami, our elder and most outgoing wolf, eagerly adopted the two, and gave them a boost of confidence. Earlier in the year Rami had adopted a wolf-dog pup named Luna who immediatly dominated the two new pups. Before Luna new it she soon found herself in the middle of two big, black pups that were nearly twice her size, though she managed to hold her own for a few more years. That fall the four climbed onto the wolf bus to travel the country with the ambassador wolf program. On tour, Raven was the clown who loved being the center of attention. Maggie was more timid and seemed untrusting of the outside world, yet once she got in front of an audience she soaked up the attention and happily greeted everyone.
As years went by, Maggie slowly gained confidence and bonded with her human pack mates. By the time she was 3 years old, her shyness was replaced with confidence: she displaced Luna, then her sister and finally Rami to become the Alpha. For eight years now Maggie has travelled with the ambassador wolf program from coast to coast and has met over 100,000 people. She has swum in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, looked over the edge of the Grand Canyon, and howled with wild wolves in Yellowstone. Her picture and story have been spread across newspapers and TV features worldwide. In 2006 Magpie met her partner Abe, a wolf-dog found on the streets of Salt Lake City. She raised him and now the two are inseparable.
In 2009 Maggie and Abe helped foster and raise eight wolf pups that were brought to Mission: Wolf from a wildlife safari park. Once the pups adjusted to life at the refuge they all moved on to other packs. For a year Magpie and Abe guided three of the pups – Arrow, Illiamna and Zephir – who now have their own packs.
In the summer of 2010 Abe and Magpie were surprised when three young wolf pups named Farah, Zeab and Apollo arrived. These pups arrived as babies and became very bonded to Maggie and Abe. The five travelled all over the country as the ambassador pack and met thousands of people. They all lived happily together until the summer of 2012 when Farah and Apollo began changing Maggie and Abe for the alpha positions. We removed the two youngters and gave them their own enclosure. Maggie is still the leader of her pack which now consists of Abe and Zeab. The three still enjoy traveling and meeting visitors who come to the refuge.
In May 2013, Abe and Magpie adopted Tiger and Rosie, two pups from a private wolf sanctuary in Florida. Magpie is a doting mother figure, and has welcomed the pups into the Ambassador pack.