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Critically Endangered Red Wolf Gives Birth at Museum of Life and Science for First Time Since 2002

posted May 18, 2017, 8:26 AM by chloe owens   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 5:43 PM ]

4/29/17, The Herald Sun

Critically endangered red wolf gives birth at Museum of Life and Science for first time since 2002

...On Friday, April 28 the Museum's 6-year-old red wolf gave birth to three male and three female pups. All pups and their mother were found to be in good health by the museum's animal care team and are currently on exhibit in the museum's Explore the Wild exhibit…The red wolves living at the Museum are a part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Red Wolf Recovery Program as well as the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP), a collaborative breeding and management program developed by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) to ensure the sustainability of endangered animal populations. Known by their studbook numbers, female #1858 and male #1784 were recommended by the SSP in the summer of 2016 as a potential high value breeding pair to maintain genetic diversity within the red wolf population. The museum's female is recognized as the second most genetically valuable female red wolf alive today.