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Jackson Zoo Welcomes First Litter of Red Wolves

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On Monday, Taladu, gave birth to five pups, four males and one female.  Leaders consider this a great success, not only for the Jackson Zoo, but also for overall red wolf species survival.  "Conservation is key to our mission at the Jackson Zoo, and this successful birth will go a long way in continuing the restoration of red wolves," said Beth Poff, Executive Director.

 

Once common throughout the eastern and south central United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the early part of the twentieth century as a result of intensive predator control programs and the degradation and alteration of the species' habitat.

 

Our participation with this breeding program is crucial to their success as a species.  As a partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, Red Wolf Species Survival Plan, and Red Wolf Coalition, we see this an important piece of our conservation goals and hope you will help us save the Red Wolf.

 

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