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4 pups of endangered species of wolf born at Chicago zoo

May 2, 2019
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In this April 15, 2019 photo provided by the Lincoln Park Zoo, a zoo employee holds one of four red wolf pups born at the Chicago, Ill., zoo on April 13. Curator Dan Boehm says the arrival of the pups come at a time when scientists estimate there are fewer than 30 red wolves left in their native habitat of North Carolina. The wolves, named for their red-tinged fur, have over the years been driven to the brink of extinction by hunting and the zoo is taking part with other zoos in a Red Wolf Species Survival plan to increase the red wolf population. They are the first new litter or red wolf pups at the zoo in nearly a decade. (Christopher Bijalba/Lincoln Park Zoo via AP)
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In this April 15, 2019 photo provided by the Lincoln Park Zoo, a zoo employee holds one of four red wolf pups born at the Chicago, Ill., zoo on April 13. Curator Dan Boehm says the arrival of the pups come at a time when scientists estimate there are fewer than 30 red wolves left in their native habitat of North Carolina. The wolves, named for their red-tinged fur, have over the years been driven to the brink of extinction by hunting and the zoo is taking part with other zoos in a Red Wolf Species Survival plan to increase the red wolf population. They are the first new litter or red wolf pups at the zoo in nearly a decade. (Christopher Bijalba/Lincoln Park Zoo via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Four pups of a critically endangered species of wolf have been born at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

The zoo says in a news release that the two male and two female red wolf pups were born April 13 — the first new litter of red wolf pups at the zoo in nearly a decade.

Curator Dan Boehm says the arrival of the pups comes at a time when scientists estimate there are fewer than 30 red wolves left in their native habitat of North Carolina.

The wolves — named for their red-tinged fur —have over the years been driven to the brink of extinction by hunting. The zoo is taking part with other zoos in a Red Wolf Species Survival plan to increase the red wolf population.

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