June 7, 2016
In late April, five Mexican gray wolf puppies were born at suburban Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. Now, they are beginning to venture out on their own and guests are available to see them in their habitat at the zoo’s Regenstein Wolf Woods. The addition of the three puppies represents the largest Mexican gray wolf pack that has resided at Brookfield Zoo since the arrival of this endangered subspecies in 2003. In addition to the parents, Zana and Flint, and their new additions, the pack includes the adult pair’s four yearlings born in 2015. The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages the zoo, participates in the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program. As part of this program, adult and offspring wolves at Brookfield Zoo are potential candidates for release to the wild. As of December 2015, a minimum of 97 Mexican gray wolves were living in the wild. This reintroduced population is now a naturally functioning wolf population with regular births occurring.
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