Zoo Tampa welcomes litter of red wolf puppies

Hillsborough County

Visitors to Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park may see a litter of new red wolf puppies. 

The pups are the most critically endangered wolf species in the world.

Four puppies were born to mother Yona in late April.

They were born in a natural den Yona dug for herself and are living as they would in the wild in a newly designed habitat.

Zoo animal care staff and veterinarians have seen the babies snuggled by their mother’s side.

The team plans checkups for the pups in the coming weeks.

Red wolves are native to Florida and once roamed throughout the southeast.

Now, they are critically endangered, with only around 200 remaining in zoos and reintroduction areas.

“The birth of these red wolf pups represents a significant milestone for this species,” said Dr. Larry Killmar, the Zoo’s Chief Zoological Officer.

“The success of this litter is encouraging and represents hope for the future of these incredible animals.  Yona is caring for her pups in public view, which shows how comfortable and well cared for she feels.” 

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