Grupo Lobo is a non-governmental, non-profit environmental association, recognized as public utility institution, founded in 1985 to work towards the conservation of the Iberian wolf and its ecosystem in Portugal. The creation of this association stems from the need to further studies about the wolf, a poorly understood predator whose true nature remains unknown to most people. It is also purpose of Grupo Lobo to develop efforts to establish the legal, ecological and socioeconomic conditions essential for the effective conservation of the Iberian wolf population nationwide, together with the dissemination of knowledge about the true predator to the general public.
Taking into account the Iberian wolf population status, Grupo Lobo started in 1987 a multidisciplinary project - Signatus Program - that seeks to guarantee the survival of the wolf in our country through: i) Applied research, leading to a better understanding of the interactions between man and wolf; ii) Practical conservation measures to increase the tolerance of rural communities towards this predator, thus facilitating coexistence with this carnivore; iii) Education and environmental awareness, disseminating correct information about the Iberian wolf.
In 1987, Grupo Lobo set up the Iberian Wolf Recovery Centre (IWRC), which has as main objective to provide the best captive conditions for wolves that cannot live in the wild. The wolves who find refuge here are true ambassadors of wolves in nature, contributing to public awareness for the conservation of the last big carnivore in our country.
Since 1987 Grupo Lobo works with local communities in way to recover and promote the use of livestock guarding dogs of national breeds as an efficient measure to reduce wolf damage and the resulting conflicts.
Grupo Lobo – Associação para a Conservação do Lobo e do seu Ecossistema