Evansville zoo adds pair of endangered wolves

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A pair of endangered Mexican gray wolves is now at Evansville's zoo, where the staff hopes to breed the animals.

The adult male and female arrived Tuesday at Mesker Park Zoo after a flight from a federal wolf management center in New Mexico. Zoo officials say the Mexican gray wolf has become endangered because of livestock practices and shootings and that fewer than 300 are in captivity.

Mesker animal curator Susan Lindsey tells the Evansville Courier & Press that plans are for the two wolves to be foster parents for pups rescued from the wild as part of a conservation effort. The wolves had pups in 2010 and 2011 and the zoo hopes they'll have more in Evansville.

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