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Lobos grises mexicanos en peligro crítico participan en lazo copulatorio

It’s an exciting time for wolves — it’s the season of romance! Hormones are racing and this afternoon we witnessed Mexican gray wolves Trumpet (F1505) and Lighthawk (M1564) engage in a lazo copulador a través de cámara web!

The Species Survival Plan (SSP) management group for the Mexican gray wolf determines which wolves should be bred each year by using software developed for the population management of endangered species. This is necessary because all Mexican wolves descended from just 7 founders rescued from extinction. Genetic diversity is the primary consideration in the selection of Mexican wolf breeding pairs and Trumpet and Lighthawk are a great match on paper with an extremely low inbreeding coefficient.

Sometimes saving a species isn’t very romantic, but it turns out Trumpet and Lighthawk are also a perfect pair “off paper”. The playful couple first earned their badge of parenthood on April 30, 2018, when the first-time parents welcomed two boys and a girl. They also welcomed pups on April 26, 2019.

El período de gestación (duración del embarazo) es de 63 días. Entonces, por ahora, mantén tus patas cruzadas para que Trumpet y Lighthawk reciban contribuciones invaluables (y adorables) para la recuperación de sus raras especies a finales de esta primavera.