Maned Wolf cubs born at the Abilene Zoo

Maned Wolf cubs born at the Abilene Zoo

By Kelly Thompson, Marketing & Development Coordinator, Abilene Zoo

 

 

 

ABILENE, TEXAS – The New Year has brought new babies to the Abilene Zoo. Two Maned Wolf cubs were born Dec. 13 and are thriving with their mother. Shortly after birth, the female cub weighed 580 grams, while the male cub weighed 509 grams. Visitors to the Zoo should be able to get a look at the new babies in a few weeks. The Abilene Zoo has been working to protect Maned Wolves, which is listed as a near-threatened species, for more than 5 years and participates in the collaborative, inter-zoo Maned Wolf Species Survival Plan, which includes breeding Maned Wolves, studying them in the wild, protecting their habitat, and educating people about them. {{more}} Maned wolves look more like foxes than wolves, but truly are neither a fox nor a wolf but its own genus. This canid lives in central and southeastern Brazil, Paraguay, eastern Bolivia, and northern Argentina. The Maned Wolf is listed as near threatened due to loss of habitat by encroaching human populations, the introduction of certain diseases and a belief that certain of its organs have medicinal healing powers.Fun Facts:• Maned Wolves rotate their large ears to listen for prey animals in the grass. They tap the ground with a front foot to flush out the prey and pounce to catch it. • Maned Wolves are monogamous. Though the male and female generally live solitary lives and come together only during the breeding season, they share defended territories.