Crazy busy and Goodbye (to a wolf)

Things have been so busy here I don’t even know where to begin. Many staff have been off- (on vacation, at a wedding, at a Bar Mitzvah, presenting at the AAZK conference) and just as we were taking Cassandra off of the critical watch list (she’s been doing great), our female wolf, 1227, was found in bad shape two weeks ago and has been recovering from her injuries off exhibit. (She appears to have suffered some abuse from her mate-Read more

QuikPost: Update on our female red wolf part 2

Our female red wolf has been in estrous now for over a week. Unfortunately, the keepers have not seen any mating interactions between the male and the female. There seem to be some differences from last year, as well. For instance, the male chased the female around quite a bit last year while she was in estrous. But I have not heard any other keepers mention that they have seen him chasing her this year. Just today, Cassidy played aRead more

The time is near!

I’ve been pretty excited recently over the growing anticipation of red wolf breeding season. I’ve been watching our female, #1227, closely for early signs of her being in estrous. So far nothing yet, but last year we saw the first signs in late January and early February when the male started to show more interest in her. She actually went into estrous last year on February 10th, so hopefully we are less than two weeks away! Our beautiful pair ofRead more

Creature Feature: Red Wolf Surgery Part 3

This video is the third and final part of a three part series. Watch the first and second part or see all three in the same video. Well, a lot has happened with red wolf #1227 in the last week or so. Yesterday’s video showed you the procedure of the mass being removed, and today’s video will allow you to see what happened to #1227 after the surgery and how she is doing now. #1227 arrived at the museum inRead more

Creature Feature: Red Wolf Surgery Part 2

This video is the second part of a three part series. Watch the first video here. WARNING: This video contains graphic images of surgical procedures that may not be appropriate for all viewers. In yesterday’s post, I said that I would tell you more about red wolf #1227 for the second part of the video. However, we received the pathology report yesterday afternoon, and I didn’t want to wait until tomorrow to share the results with you. So I willRead more

Creature Feature: Red Wolf Surgery Part 1

You may have read a post last week, or possibly heard about it on twitter, that our female red wolf (#1227) had surgery to remove a large mass from her chest. That was last Monday, and now we have a terrific video of the surgery to share with you! The video has been broken down into three 2-minute parts, which will be posted over the next three days (Tuesday through Thursday). The surgery was a great success, and the massRead more