A light snowfall surrounds Anna, a female Mexican gray wolf. Once numbering fewer than two-dozen individuals, this species has made a remarkable comeback, thanks in large part to this wolf.
The daughter of one of the last pure Mexican wolves brought in from the wild, Anna was born on Earth Day in 2001. As an adult she gave birth four times for an amazing total of 41 pups, and several of her offspring survive in the wild to this day. Others remain at the Center to continue their breeding program.
Anna had been hand-raised, and so she tolerated me being in the outdoor pen with her. And though she looks perfectly still in this photo, she actually never stopped moving–constantly sniffing at the ground or looking around for her other packmates behind her in their larger enclosure.
In the moment seen in this image, something had caught her attention off in the distance, someone's voice perhaps. She looked up for a couple seconds, and that was it. That's the wonder of still photography though—one moment, frozen in time forever, can become an icon and go to work for years.
Location: Endangered Wolf Center, Missouri
Photograph Date: 2007
Medium: Chromogenic Print