The Endangered Wolf Center has chosen Apache, a Mexican gray wolf, to serve as its spokesman for the group’s annual campaign which supports its animal-centered approach.

Apache was born May 2, 1998, to Cheech and Juanita at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka.

As the elder statesman of the center, Apache is a living tribute to the successful reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves to North America, officials said.

“There are only 75 Mexican gray wolves remaining in the wild,” said Regina Mossotti, director of animal care and conservation.

“This wolf is the most endangered mammal in North America and the center has been making great strides reintroducing them back into the wilderness,” she said. “Every Mexican gray wolf in the wild can trace its lineage back to the Endangered Wolf Center.”

Donations to the center’s annual fund can be made by visiting www.endangeredwolfcenter.org; calling 636-938-5900; or by mailing a check directly to the 501(c)(3) at P.O. Box 760, Eureka, MO 63025.

Dr. Marlin Perkins and his wife Carol founded the Endangered Wolf Center in 1971. The center is certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The center’s mission is to preserve and protect Mexican gray wolves, red wolves and other wild canid species, with purpose and passion, through carefully managed breeding, reintroduction and inspiring education programs.

Animals born at the facility have been reintroduced to North Carolina (red wolves), Arizona, New Mexico (Mexican gray wolves) and Canada (swift foxes).

The Endangered Wolf Center receives no federal or state support.

The center is on the grounds of Washington University’s Tyson Research Center. It is located off Interstate 44, seven miles west of Interstate 270. The center is located on the north side of I-44, off Exit 269 (Beaumont-Antire Road).