BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Binder Park Zoo announces the arrival of a new female Mexican gray wolf, along with the departure of a male wolf who recently lived at the zoo.
The zoo already had two male wolves, brothers, who were acquired by the zoo in November 2016. The wolf brothers, Flynn and Ryder, were brought to the zoo after the passing of the zoo's Mexican gray wolf, Phoenix, at the age of 14.
The transfers were made based on breeding recommendations from the Mexican gray wolf species survival program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Ryder was transferred to ABQ BioPark in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he will be placed with another female wolf, with the hopes of them breeding. He is flying to New Mexico by LightHawk Conservation Flying, a nonprofit organization that partners with pilots and conservation groups, who donated their time, to fly Ryder and two other wolves to their new homes in New Mexico.
Following the departure of Ryder, Binder Park Zoo acquired Isabella, whom they call Izzie, a female Mexican gray wolf.
Izzie was born April 17, 2015, at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri. She was brought to Binder Park Zoo, under a breeding recommendation for Flynn, from the Saginaw Children's Zoo. Izzie is currently in a standard quarantine and might not be on exhibit during Binder Park's ZooLights, but she will be on exhibit when the zoo reopens in April for the 2019 season.