Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Protecting ALL LIFE.

Byline: N.M. ORIGINAL By Nancy Harbert

The wolf recovery program has had its setbacks, but Wendy Brown perseveres with passion, quiet diplomacy

When she was growing up in Nebraska, Wendy Brown was captivated with animals of all kinds, but especially the extraordinary wild ones displayed on a wall map of Africa hanging in her bedroom.

"During I'm-thinking-of-something traveling games, I'd always stump everybody because I could come up with some obscure African mammal that nobody had ever heard about," she says. "It would drive everybody crazy."

Brown never outgrew that fascination. When she left Scottsbluff, she made a weak attempt to study philosophy in college. She changed majors within the first year, going on to earn a bachelor's, then a master's, in wildlife biology.

From the beginning of her studies she was drawn to study threatened species, especially wolves. Her first book report in wildlife class was on a book about wolf behavior. …

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