“These births are important,” says Secretary Reid Wilson of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resource.
The North Carolina Zoo has announced the birth of three litters of the critically endangered American red wolf.
The 12 pups were born within 3 days of each other into the zoos red wolf breeding programme.
According to the zoo, the wolf pups and their mothers “are healthy and doing well,” the zoo said.
“Congratulations to the North Carolina Zoo for playing an essential part in the survival of this critically endangered species,” says Secretary Reid Wilson.
“These births are important because many of our wolves, once matured, have been moved to other breeding packs to continue to help bring this species back from near extinction.”
He added: “Our hope is that more and more red wolves can soon be placed into the wild.”
The newest welcomed additions to the zoo bring the red wolf population in this specifc breeding programme to 36 and is oficially the second-largest pack in the country.
Only 15 to 20 red wolves remain in the wild which makes it the most endangered animal in the world.
The births were very welcome and is a big step in conserving the species.