Blatant advertising by Teresa D’Amario
We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled program (oops, we didn’t have anyone scheduled for today), to tell you about a few events not only in the writing world, but also the world of the awesome animals which inspire so many authors in the world of paranormal romance fiction.
First, the Australian Romance Reader’s Convention. I so wish I could join them, as reader’s conventions are the ultimate fun (and I haven’t even been to a big one yet). Are you Down Under? Have you always wanted to visit Australia? Now’s your chance:
Panels will cover all types of romance fiction from ebooks to series, erotica to the paranormal, the future of romance to where the “big” ideas come from.
Events planned include a reception and a dinner, booksignings and plenty of opportunities to meet with others who like romance just as much as you do.
Now on to our unexpected topic for the day: Wolf Awareness Week
(Yeah, I know, I didn’t want to wait till Monday, when it’s no longer wolf awareness week).
Those of us who love paranormal romance shapeshifters have a special love for the animals represented in our stories. The interesting thing is most of these predators we use in our stories are endangered, or have been on the endangered species list within the last 10-15 years. We once before talked about whether we, the authors, were helping or hurting the salvation of these animals. Most of us came to the agreement, we’re helping. We’re educating people, and equating these animals with creatures we can relate to.
So far, I have used two different animals. The Tiger and the Wolf. Each of which has spent time, or is still on the endangered species list. To help the tiger, I’m donating 40% of all my proceeds for the month of October to the Big Cat Rescue. So don’t forget to get your copy of Tigress By the Tail. But that’s not what I want to talk about. The promotion is called “Buy a Book, Save a Tiger”.
Recently I was reminded this week is Wolf Awareness Week. Rowena Cherry invited me to join her along with Diana Groe author of Viking tales as her light-hearted alter-ego Emily Bryan, author of the immensely amusing Pleasuring The Pirate. Also with us was Brynn Chapman author of the dark, and historically fascinating Bride of Blackbeard . It was an great show, and you can listen to it online at any time.
We all had an awesome time, but the most important part of the show was on wolf education. We talked about wolf behavior, misconceptions about wolves, and why their behavior works so well to merge with alpha males in paranormal romance.
While I was researching, preparing for the show, I found some information I was shocked I’d missed. For those who don’t know, I live in the state of North Carolina. So what does that have to do with wolves? I’ve discovered the RED WOLF has returned to the state of North Carolina, and not just in zoos. The Alligator River wildlife Refuge has been instrumental in saving and returning the Red Wolf to the wild. Why is this important? The Red Wolf used to run wild, thriving all along the southeastern US. As recently as the 1970’s, the Red Wolf was considered EXTINCT in the wild. Gone. No longer there. DEAD
The only remaining animals were in captivity. 17 of those wolves were considered breeding material. Can you imagine? Only 17 wolves in captivity left, able to reproduce? Everything I have learned about the wolf shows an adaptable creature who’s entire being is designed to perpetrate it’s species. The male is aggressive, but more so if his mate is threatened. The male is an awesome hunter, but doesn’t eat first. He allows his mate and her pups to eat first. The sign of a true romantic, I tell you. But he was gone. No longer able to survive in the wild. Luckily scientists found a way to save this beautiful animal and they again roam the forests of Eastern North Carolina.
So in honor of the Wolf Awareness Week, I thought I would bring you some information regarding the Red wolf. The following information is taken from Alligator River Website, one of the more informative sites in regards to the salvation of these wonderful animals.
The red wolf is one of the most endangered animals in the world. It is a shy species that once roamed throughout the Southeast as a top predator. Aggressive predator control programs and clearing of forested habitat combined to cause impacts that brought the red wolf to the brink of extinction. By 1970, the entire population of red wolves was believed to be less than 100 animals confined to a small area of coastal Texas and Louisiana.
To save the species from extinction, the Service captured as many as possible of the few remaining animals from 1974 through 1980. Only 17 captured animals met the criteria established to define the species and stood between its existence and extinction. Out of the 17 captured wolves, 14 were able to successfully reproduce. These animals formed the nucleus of a captive-breeding program established at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington, with the final goal of reestablishing the species in portions of its original southeastern range. Thirty-eight zoos and nature centers in 23 states now cooperate in a national breeding program and are valuable partners in efforts to restore red wolves.
The red wolf is now back in the wild, hunting, rearing young, and communicating by its characteristic howl, in a portion of in its original southeastern habitat. Since 1987, red wolves have been released into northeastern North Carolina and now roam over more than 1.5 million acres that includes three national wildlife refuges, a U.S. Air Force bombing range, and several hundred thousand acres of private land.
So the next time you’re on vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, take a small diversion, drive through the Alligatore River refuge. Maybe, just maybe, that howl you hear will be one of these awesome animals. Then again, perhaps it’s one of one of those elusive, shapeshifting alpha males!
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