Moscow Zoo now has a rare maned wolf

May 29
Parks and pedestrian areas

The Moscow Zoo now has a maned wolf that has arrived from the Tierpark Berlin.  A five-year-old male wolf named Falcao will be paired with a three-year-old female wolf Emilia brought to the Moscow Zoo from Brno (Czech Republic) in 2017. Maned wolves are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

"Our new inhabitant had no any problems during the trip followed by a one-month quarantine; it  has already got accustomed to its new home. We are happy to have an opportunity to pair rare maned wolves. In the wild, they keep a solitary life unlike most members of the family Canidae. Each predator has its own territory carefully protected from intruders. However, in many modern zoos, maned wolves are often paired. But it takes a long and painstaking preparation, including introduction and socialisation of animals. Our zoologists have a great experience in handling maned wolves. So we expect that this couple will soon bring us their first cubs," said Svetlana Akulova, Director General of the Moscow Zoo.

According to her, the animals had rather tense relations first. She-wolf took the male wolf as an outsider, she used to frighten him away by all means and was aggressive. So the zoologists tried to make the wolves friends step by step. Now animals spend the whole day together, they don't even separate: they eat, rest, play, frolic and bask in the sun together. Moscow Zoo guests may admire the couple of maned wolves in the old part of the Zoo. The open-air wolf cage is located near the 'Cat Street' exhibition, next to the raccoons and musk oxen.

Three southern ground hornbill chicks hatched at Moscow Zoo

Endangered species

Maned wolves are rare representatives of the Latin American fauna. In the wild, they inhabit grassy and shrub savannahs. Unfortunately, year after year, the natural population of wolves has been reducing due to poaching, destruction of their natural habitat and lack of food. Maned wolves are included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Near Threatened. To preserve this species, the European population programme has been launched, with the Moscow Zoo taking part in it for many years.

Maned wolves are considered to be the most unusual representatives of the family Canidae. They look like foxes with big ears and very long legs. Their fur colour may vary from fiery red with black and grey marks to brown. Wolves have a black stripe running from the top of the head down to the middle of the back. The fur on the nape and at the top of the neck is long and thick, forming a mane that stands on end when the animal is alarmed or aggressive, visually increasing its size. Maned wolves owe their name to this unique feature.

Moscow Zoo is currently extending its collection, now comprising over 1,000 species.  In 2017, it got its first aardvark and three pairs of gentoo penguins. In 2018, it received two Amur tigers, Far Eastern leopards, a secretary bird, crested curassows and a trumpeter. In 2019, the Zoo will have a Poitou donkey, a knob-scale lizard or xenosauridae, white-faced sakis and binturongs.

In 2019, the Moscow Zoo turns 155. Themed concerts, performances, quests, master classes and tours will be held on its grounds to celebrate the anniversary.

Bas-relief with Pallas's cat return to Moscow Zoo

Source: mos.ru

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