BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Mexican gray wolf pups born at the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago are starting new lives in the wild of Arizona as part of a project to save the animals.
A news release from the zoo says the pups were born there last month and flown to Arizona. They were then placed in a den of wild wolves where pups had recently been born — something that increases the chances they will be accepted by the wild wolves.
Brookfield Zoo officials say there are only 97 such wolves in the wild and it is important to add new ones to improve the genetic diversity of the wild wolf population. The effort marks the second time wolves from the zoo have been released to a wild wolf den.