Battle Creek zoo plays part in wolf legacy project
Updated: Friday, April 12 2013, 08:58 AM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - A Battle Creek zoo is helping preserve the future of Mexican gray wolves.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that the Binder Park Zoo has collected genetic material from its three male Mexican wolves to store at the St. Louis Zoo for future breeding. Its part of a program with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The wolves are on the U.S. endangered species list, with about 300 in captivity.
Binder veterinarian Judilee Marrow says there is a moratorium on natural breeding because of a lack of places to put the wolves in captivity.
Peter Siminski is the program coordinator. He says the wild population went extinct in the 1980s but has since been reintroduced in Arizona and New Mexico, where about 75 now live in the wild.