Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Season of Romance

Winter is officially here and it’s an exciting time for wolves and the WCC. January marks the beginning of the 2011 breeding season! Wolves are “mono-estrus” -- breeding only once a year during the winter months. The Species Survival Plan (SSP) management groups for both the Mexican gray wolf and the red wolf determine which wolves should be bred each year by using software developed for the population management of endangered species. This year the WCC is pleased to host three breeding pairs! With so much potential love in the air it can get quite confusing! Here’s an introduction to the WCC’s three breeding pairs:

Couple #1: Red Wolves F1397 & M1483
(The occupants of the WCC's red wolf exhibit and new parents of 7-month-old sons m1803 and m1804!)





Couple #2: Red Wolves F1291 & M1587






Couple #3: Mexican Gray Wolves F810 & M740






All six of these wolves are genetically valuable individuals that have been given the opportunity to breed because their offspring will increase the genetic diversity of their rare species and enhance that species’ chance to survive and thrive in the wild. So an exciting chapter begins in the lives of these very special wolves and the WCC! Happy winter!

2 comments:

Emo-RoXas said...

All of these wolves are so beautiful, especially the third couple. I hope to see that they have beautiful, healthy pups!

Barbara said...

May they all be successful romances and all bear healthy offspring! Bon chance!