Nature’s Playground Celebrates New Life
(ALBANY, GA)- Chehaw has had something new scurrying around on the grounds over the last couple of weeks. This past month, Chehaw’s female red wolf gave birth to 4 puppies, 2 females and 2 males. While at first the wolf puppies remained close to their mother’s side and under her watch and care, they now have started to make their way out of the den for visitors to see and watch them interact with each other. Chehaw employees have noticed that the best time to observe the wolves is in the afternoon, as they come out of their den more often and seem to be more sociable.
Considered extinct in the wild in 1980, the red wolf’s survival depends on zoos throughout the nation. As of January 2012, the historical red wolf population consisted of 1688 animals. There are currently 169 red wolves living in 41 zoos.
In 2009 the Red Wolf Species Survival Program granted Chehaw Wild Animal Park a request to set up a breeding group. In 2010 Chehaw received a four year old male from the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, North Carolina and a four year old female from the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Red wolves are one of two wolf species found in the United States and were common throughout the Southeast US. They were officially listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1973.
This Memorial Day weekend, make plans to come see the red wolf puppies at Chehaw. This truly is an amazing experience to observe one of our endangered species in their habitat while they are still puppies. They grow up fast, so come visit the puppies while you still can!
ABOUT THE PARKS AT CHEHAW
Featuring one of only two zoos in Georgia accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Chehaw also includes a BMX bicycle race track, 18-hole disc golf course, Wild Trail for walkers and runners and one of the largest playgrounds in the state. Chehaw hosts special events throughout the year, like the Native American Cultural Festival in the spring, Swamp Stomp Summer Camps in the summer and Festival of Lights during the holidays. Chehaw offers one of the area’s finest facilities for events such as weddings, family reunions and birthday parties. Come visit Nature’s Playground today and make it home to your next special occasion. For more information, visit www.chehaw.org or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/chehaw.