Anna was born on Earth Day, April 22, 2001. Despite her mother's efforts, Tanamara lost two of three pups from this litter – the last sired by 13-year-old Santa Anna, who passed away later that year. Wisely, the decision was made to hand-rear the third pup, Anna, knowing how important she was to the recovery of the species. Little did anyone know just how important she would be. Because she had been hand-reared, Anna was not releasable in the wild. Still, her role in the wild is unmatched. She gave birth to 41 pups in four separate litters of record-breaking numbers. Several of her offspring now live in the wild. Others remain in our care at the Center as part of our Saving a Species breeding program. Sadly, Anna passed away one day before her 14th birthday. As we said our goodbyes, we left her with a promise – that her legacy will not end.
This painting was auctioned at Selkirk Auctioneers and Appraisers at 4739 McPherson Ave. in St. Louis, during the Wolves & Wine celebration, 2017.