Sioux Falls Great Plains Zoo Welcomes 6 Adorable Red Wolf Pups
There has been a lot of excitement at the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. Not only are the zoo keepers getting the animals ready for summer, but also taking care of six new red wolf pups!
On Thursday, May 4th, the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History proudly welcomed new red wolf pups to the world. The first-time parents Camelia and Uyosi now have four males and two females in their pack.
Unlike some births at the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, this one is truly special. Our partners at Dakota News Now are reporting red wolves are "one of the most endangered species." In fact, there are about two dozen red wolves in the wild right now. Thanks to the extensive conservation efforts, the staff at the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History have dedicated time to its "Red Wolf Species Survival Plan." The purpose of this initiative is to "breed pairs with the greatest possible genetic diversity, with the goal of bolstering the wild population." Eventually, the red wolves at the Great Plains Zoo will be re-released into the wild.
The staff was hoping Camelia and Uyosi would mate this year. They have been preparing for this moment.
Their tireless conservation efforts are paying off! Currently, the new red wolf pups are being "closely monitored" by a camera. Pretty soon, zoo visitors will start to see a glimpse of these cute pups. They have started to venture around their enclosure by going on little walks with mom. For more on the zoo's conservation plan for the red wolves, click here.
Congratulations to Great Plains Zoo!