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The North Carolina Zoo announced the birth of five critically endangered American red wolves as part of its American red wolf breeding program. North Carolina Zoo The population of the most endangered canid in the world just got a little bit bigger. The North Carolina Zoo announced the birth of five American red wolf pups on Friday. This is an especially big deal because there are only 15 to 20 red wolves left in the wild, in eastern North Carolina. "Congratulations to the North Carolina Zoo for playing an essential part toward helping this critically endangered species recover," North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources secretary Susi H. Hamilton said in the birth announcement. "It’s yet another example of the Zoo doing amazing work to conserve wildlife and wild places." The pups were born April 21 to a mother named Piglet and a father named Jewell. This is the couple’s first litter. "The pups and their mother are all healthy and doing well," the zoo said. The new babies were all named for plants found in North Carolina, the zoo explained: The names for the males are Oak (Appalachian Oak), Cedar (Red Cedar) and Sage (Azure Sage). The […]

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