Mexican gray wolves born at Brookfield Zoo

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Brookfield Zoo has its first litter of Mexican gray wolves.

The zoo announced Tuesday that the pups had emerged from their den at the Regenstein Wolf Woods habitat. They were born in late May to mother Zana and father Flint; it is the first litter for each. Mexican gray wolves are the rarest and most genetically distinct subspecies of North American gray wolves.

Zoo visitors can now glimpse the pups playing in the habitat, which has an outdoor environment of nearly two acres. Zoo staff have seen at least four pups, but the exact number born can’t yet be confirmed.

Zana was born at the San Cayetano Reserve in Mexico and Flint was born at the Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri. Both were raised by their parents within multigenerational wolf packs, according to the zoo, so the staff believes they will make good parents.

“The Chicago Zoological Society is very excited about the birth of this litter. It is rewarding to be a part of a successful international program for the recovery of Mexican gray wolves in North America,” Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of animal programs at the zoo, said in a prepared statement. “Additionally, this is such a wonderful opportunity for our guests to see the wolf puppies as they interact with each other and their parents as a family unit and develop into adults.”

The Mexican gray wolf breeding program is managed for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Mexican Gray Wolf Species Survival Plan.

Chicago Zoological Society animal care staff recently received training from the USFWS at the Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri.

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