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Wolf Pups Born at the Zoo as Part of Conservation Plan

This is the first lobo birth in Albuquerque in nearly 15 years.

May 28, 2019 - The ABQ BioPark welcomed Mexican wolf cubs for the first time in nearly 15 years on May 9.

Mexican wolf Kawi welcomed three cubs, and one male and female survived. Mortality is often high in litters born to first time mothers like Kawi. Approximately 30 percent of Mexican wolf pups pass away by their first birthday.
First time parents Kawi and Ryder are 5 years old. Kawi has lived at the BioPark since 2016. Ryder arrived at the BioPark December 2018 and the two were introduced shortly after.
"Kawi and Ryder bonded quickly and we were excited that they bred during their first breeding season together," said Mammal Curator Erin Flynn. "There is a steep learning curve for new mothers. Kawi has been doing a great job caring for her pups."
This birth is part of a cooperative breeding program between the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wolf Recovery Plan, which aims to restore Mexican wolves to their native southwest territory, including New Mexico. The BioPark has welcomed 72 Mexican wolf pups since 1983.

The goal of the captive breeding program is to make the most genetically diverse matches to support the continued health of Mexican wolf populations in human care and the wild. Zoo populations like the wolves at the ABQ BioPark help support the ongoing genetic health of wild wolves.
The pups and their mother will remain in their den until the babies grow a bit larger.

Media: Downloadable captioned photos of the babies and parents are available at this link: