Animal Care Supervisor, Willie Bennett, gives the Red Wolf pups their first check. (Source: Jackson Zoo)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The Jackson Zoo has welcomed a litter of red wolves.
Monday, Taladu gave birth to five pups -- four males and one female.
Zoo leaders say this is a success for the zoo and the red wolf species. The Jackson Zoo is part of the red wolf breeding program.
"Conservation is key to our mission at the Jackson Zoo, and this successful birth will go a long way in continuing the restoration of red wolves," said Beth Poff, Executive Director.
Red wolves were once common throughout the eastern and south central United States, but the red wolf populations were decimated by the early twentieth century. The decline is blamed on the loss or alteration of their natural habitat, according to the zoo.
The pups will not be visible to the public for at least a month.