Girl, 12, helping Binder Park Zoo bring back rare Mexican gray wolves

Mexican gray wolf
In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Mexican gray wolf leaves cover at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County, N.M. (Jim Clark/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Mexican gray wolves are returning to Binder Park Zoo.

The Battle Creek attraction announced Monday that two Mexican gray wolf brothers will arrive at the zoo later this month.

Binder Park Zoo is backing a fundraiser by 12-year-old Mackenzie Couch to raise $10,000 to cover exhibit upgrades and the cost of transporting the wolves from California to Michigan.

Couch, who is an aspiring zoologist, launched her fundraiser shortly after the zoo lost its last Mexican gray wolf, named Phoenix.

She’s asking people to donate to the wolves through her GoFundMe page instead of giving her Christmas gifts this season.

Binder Park Zoo says Mexican gray wolves are one of the rarest animals in the world, with only about 350 still living, mostly in captivity.