WEST AKRON – For the first time in its history, Akron Zoo has welcomed critically endangered Cubs. Eight puppies arrived on April 22, born to the zoo’s mother, Juno, and father, Waya, who were matched on the basis of a breeding recommendation from the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan. Visitors can start seeing the puppies, pictured right, in June.
Four of the puppies were designated by the Red Wolf Recovery Plan to be placed in a den in their original habitat, where a native red wolf had recently given birth, and were transported to North Carolina on May 1, where they have been successfully introduced. Zoo officials said it was the first time since 2014 that Cubs have been reintroduced to their natural habitat.
Red wolves are critically endangered, with fewer than 20 estimated wolves left in their natural habitat, making them the most endangered dog species in the world, according to zoo officials.
“Akron Zoo is proud to be able to play a role in saving red wolves in their natural habitat and in zoos,” said Doug Piekarz, President and CEO of Akron Zoo. “This birth and subsequent crossbreeding is a major victory for the conservation of a species that was once native to Ohio.”
Zoo officials said Akron Zoo is a partner in the Red Wolf Recovery Plan and also supports the Red Wolf Coalition, a North Carolina-based conservation organization that advocates for the long-term survival of wolf populations. by teaching about the red wolf and promoting public participation in the conservation of the red wolf.
Akron Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $ 13 for those 15 and over, $ 11 for seniors, $ 10 for children 2 to 14 and free for the youngest. Parking costs $ 3. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.
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