Eight grey wolf pups born on April 30 at Omaha Zoo’s Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari have emerged from their den!
Photo Credit: Omaha's Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari
Seven of the pups have grey coats, and one has a black coat. All eight were born to Kenai, age six, and Yahzi, age seven. This is their second litter – the pair produced five pups in 2014.
The pups are still nursing, but are starting to eat an adult carnivore diet with treats that include fish, eggs, bones, and meat.
Grey wolves, of which there are several subspecies, live in remote parts of North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. They are social animals, living in pairs with their offspring. Grey wolves hunt in packs in well-established territories.
There are currently 107 grey wolves in 38 North American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions. In the last 12 months, there have been 10 births, including this litter. Grey wolves are listed as a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
See more photos of the pups below.