Great news came from the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal VA – 4 maned wolf pups were born on January 5! Maned wolves are an endangered species found in the grasslands of South America. This omnivorous species is threatened mostly by habitat loss, a common problem for endangered species (see endangered species post).
I have a special interest in this fascinating species, because I was lucky enough to learn about them as a volunteer at the Conservation Biology Institute. After studying the wolves, so that I could give tours and explain details to guests, I was allowed to enter the enclosure with one of the hand-raised wolves. What a terrific experience! I had never been so close to a wild wolf (even though she was hand-raised) – she definitely commanded my attention!
The 4 new pups add to the total of 72 pups born at the National Zoo. Congratulations to the entire staff who are working on conservation of this beautiful species!