ACTUALIZACIÓN: Cachorros de lobo mexicano de dos semanas de edad se vuelven más audaces
El Wolf Conservation Center está en peligro crítico cachorros de lobo gris mexicano born on April 26 are almost three weeks old! This is a significant milestone for the pocket-size predators.
Born blind and deaf with their eyes and ears closed, wolf pups rely solely on their sense of smell and the feel of their surroundings to navigate for their first couple of weeks. Their eyes (blue in color for now) began to open at 10 – 12 days old and their ears should open up soon. Generally, pups begin to hear at about 21 days old and their ears will begin to stand up too!
As the pups continue to practice walking, they’ll grow bolder and begin appearing outside of the den more and more!
Monitor their development by joining the critically endangered kiddos via cámaras web en vivo!
Beyond being cute, these pups represent the Wolf Conservation Center’s active participation in an effort to save a species from extinction.
El WCC es una de las más de 50 instituciones en los EE. UU. y México que participan en el Plan de supervivencia de especies de lobos mexicanos, una iniciativa binacional cuyo objetivo principal es apoyar el restablecimiento de los lobos mexicanos en la naturaleza a través de la cría en cautiverio, la educación pública y investigar.
El lobo gris mexicano (Canis lupus baileyi) or “lobo” is the most genetically distinct lineage of wolves in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only seven remaining rescued from extinction in captivity. In 1998, the wolves were reintroduced into the wild as part of a federal reintroduction program under the Endangered Species Act. Today in the U.S., there is a single wild population comprising only 131 individuals – an increase from 114 counted at the end of 2017.