HOUSTON—The Houston Zoo is proud to announce the births of two endangered maned wolf pups. Born December 30 to mom Lucy, 6, and dad Seis, 8, the pups are being hand-reared at the Houston Zoo’s Denton Cooley Animal Hospital.
"This is the first successful birth of maned wolves at the Houston Zoo in over 10 years," said Houston Zoo Curator of Carnivores and Primates Hollie Colahan. "The pups weigh just over 5 pounds now and are being cared for around the clock by Zoo carnivore and animal hospital staff."
The pups, named Diego and Dora, are fed 6 times each day and were just introduced to solid food last week.
They were named after the lead characters in "Dora the Explorer" and "Go Diego Go."
Maned wolves are native to the grasslands, savannahs and tall grass prairies of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia.
Unlike other wolves that live in cooperative breeding packs, maned wolves are solitary animals. Little is known about their lives in the wild where their populations are increasingly threatened by habitat loss to agriculture.
There are less than 100 maned wolves living in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Only 17 maned wolf pups were born in 2009. Studies are in place to understand why maned wolves breed poorly.