Support Wild Maned Wolf Conservation!

Support Wild Maned
Wolf Conservation!

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The Natural Science Center & Animal Discovery of Greensboro is home to two adult maned wolves, Lana and Nazca. Maned wolves are an endangered member of the canine family and are from South America. They resemble large foxes and are very beautiful animals. In 2008, the Natural Science Center, with support from the Brooks Family and Duke Energy, built a state-of-the-art exhibit and holding area in the hopes that we would be approved to receive a breeding pair of maned wolves in the future.

The AZA Maned Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP®) was impressed with our exhibit and decided to send us two sister wolves to start so that the staff could gain experience with the species before participating in the breeding program. Luna and Nena arrived from Little Rock, AR and the Jean and Taylor Brooks Family Maned Wolf Conservation Center and Duke Energy Solar Solutions Center opened in April 11th, 2008. The sisters' genes are currently more represented in the captive population than other maned wolves' so the SSP® then decided to swap them with a young breeding pair. In fall 2009, Lana arrived from White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, FL. and Nazca arrived from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute at Front Royal, VA.

This blog will follow the story of the 2010/2011 Reproductive Season for Lana & Nazca. It will also provide information on the conservation program and about maned wolves as a species. Use the Archive at the right of this page to see each post. We hope you enjoy as we share this wonderful story!


We want to thank the Maned Wolf SSP® Species Coordinator, Melissa Rodden, at SCBI and all the MWSSP® advisers for providing us with most of the maned wolf information found in this blog.

The Jean and Taylor Brooks Family Maned Wolf Conservation Center "was given in loving memory of Drs. Jean and Taylor Brooks, by Jim Brooks, to honor their lives and lifelong appreciation for and commitment to the natural world; and also in memory of his godmother Katherine Pierce, co-founder of the Natural Science Center, 1957. This habitat was created with the hope that it will serve to inspire and motivate each of us to be conscious stewards of our planet, its resources and all its creatures."

About the author: Kim Clark has been an animal keeper and educator at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro since the opening of Animal Discovery in 2007. She hopes that the Natural Science Center's maned wolf breeding program, as well as this blog, will make a significant difference in maned wolf conservation efforts worldwide. Most of the photos in this blog were taken by zookeepers Kim Clark and Amber Walker.

December 4th, 2010

The maned wolf exhibit was closed yesterday and will remain closed for the duration of observed mating activity to give the wolves quiet and privacy. Keepers observed the wolves in a copulatory tie today. "Ties" are unique to canines and are a positive sign that conception may occur. Maned wolf gestation is anywhere from 58-70 days, but is usually between 62 and 65 days from the estrous day with the most reproductive activity (i.e. ties). 
It is very difficult to determine if a maned wolf is pregnant. They might not gain very much weight and there is currently no medical test that can be preformed to confirm pregnancy other than an ultrasound or X-ray. These tests are usually not preformed because they can cause too much stress to the animal. Pseudopregnancies are also common in canines. In a pseudopregnancy, the female may look pregnant, act pregnant, and even lactate while not actually pregnant. 
Because of the uncertainty, we will start planning for possible pups and start counting down the gestation period so that we are prepared if puppies should arrive!
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