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Zoo Boise welcoming new maned wolf

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Posted at 8:41 AM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 10:41:55-05

BOISE, Idaho — Zoo Boise announced the arrival of its newest member Wednesday morning. Henry, a six-year-old maned wolf, is coming to Boise from the Pueblo Zoo in Colorado.

The addition is excited and significant for Zoo Boise. Henry has been matched Zoo Boise's female maned wolf, Jamie, as part of the Maned Wolf Species Survival Program (SSP). SSP is one of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums conservation programs.

The primary role of SSP is to serve as a breeding program for selected endangered or threatened species. The goal is to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population for these animals in order to increase their numbers and be able to reintroduce certain zoo-bred animals into their natural habitats, if necessary.

Zoo Boise hopes to accelerate the introduction process of the two maned wolves, as their breeding season is approaching. Zoo staff expect Henry to be on exhibit soon for visitors to view.

Maned Wolves are found in the tall grasslands, shrub habitats, savannah woodlands and swampy areas of South America. You can visit Henry and Jamie at Zoo Boise which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The zoo will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.