12th Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp
Each year, artists from across the country submit their artwork to the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. The 2022 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp is not a true postage stamp. The 4.5- by 5.5-inch full-color commemorative stamp is part of a series of framing-quality art prints offered to collectors. All proceeds from the stamp benefit Mexican gray wolf conservation and education efforts.
The 2022 Mexican Wolf Conservation stamp features artwork by LWren Walraven: With her degree in Fine Arts from the Ohio University in hand, LWren turned to working at a nature center in the wildlife rehabilitation dept. From there, more wildlife related jobs came her way like doing bird surveys for USFWS, managing bird banding stations, and co-leading bird tours. The countless experiences of seeing wild birds in the hand and animals in their natural environments still gives her inspiration in her paintings. In these difficult times, she is a devoted steward for wildlife working for their rights and conservation. She lives with her husband between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. See more of her work online at www.wrendreams.com.
In addition to this year’s winner, we are also happy to present our 2nd and 3rd place winners and the Youth Honorable Mention Award
The Mexican gray wolf is one of the most endangered wolves in the world, with only 196 in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. Native to the Southwest, the Mexican gray wolf—or lobo—was reintroduced to the wild more than two decades ago through a captive breeding program, yet still struggles to survive.