Rare red wolf pups born at ZooTampa

The pups are an important addition to the populations of this rare Florida species, and the first red wolf births at the zoo since 1993.
Published May 25 2018
Updated May 25 2018

ZooTampa at Lowry Park has a new litter of red wolf puppies.

The four pups were born in late April to mother Yona, in a "natural den" the mother dug herself. They mark the first red wolf puppies born at the zoo since 1993.

ZooTampa said the wolves are living in a newly designed habitat that allows guests to watch as the pups grow and emerge from their den. 

In a statement, Larry Killmar, the zoo's chief zoological officer called the births a "significant milestone for this species," adding that "Yona is caring for her pups in public view, which shows how comfortable and well cared for she feels.”

According to a news release, red wolves, "the rarest of all wolf species, are native to Florida and once roamed throughout the Southeast. Today, they are critically endangered, with only around 200 red wolves remaining in zoos and reintroduction areas."