Support Wild Maned Wolf Conservation!

Support Wild Maned
Wolf Conservation!


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.

March 3rd, 2011

Today, we offered some banana flavored baby food to the pups. They were not interested. We put pine straw bales into the exhibit around the pond so that the pups won't accidentally role into the water before they're big enough to crawl out. They are very mobile now! Their fur is turning more gray and a dull orange color is beginning to emerge on their heads. Tomorrow is the big day when we tell Greensboro our great news! The boardwalk will remain closed until Monday, March 7th. March 7th- March 11th, the boardwalk will be open to Members Only a few times a day as we ease the family into the noise and sights. On Saturday, March 12th, we will open the boardwalk a few times a day for general visitors, but we won't be letting school or large groups onto the boardwalk yet. We will gradually open up the boardwalk more and more over the next month. When you visit, please walk and talk quietly and be very careful not to drop anything into the exhibit. The pups will be very curious as they become more mobile and we don't want them to get hurt playing with or eating anything inappropriate. We will do our best to pre-schedule the times that the boardwalk will be open so that you can plan accordingly, but we can't guarantee that it will be open or that you will be able to see any pups. We will observe the new family for signs of stress and open the boardwalk based on their comfort level. We thank you for your patience and understanding. We know that you want this family to be as comfortable as we do!
Photo by David Loschiavo©