Year of the Dog
The Chinese New Year doesn't start until February 16, but we wanted to celebrate our canines as the Year of the Dog approaches.
Dingo (Canis lupus dingo)
Native to Australia, these wild dogs can also be found in Southeast Asia. Although they may be seen alone, dingos commonly travel in packs and are opportunistic hunters. They do not bark like dogs but howl like wolves. They are numerous in Australia and are generally seen as pests, however due to breeding with domestic dogs, pure strains of the dingo are dwindling. You can spot our two dingoes Brumbi and Elsey in Australian Adventure.
Wolves (Canis lupus baileyi)
Mexican wolves onces ranged through all of North America, from the Arctic Circle to central Mexico, but due to habitat destruction and human conflict (mostly hunting and trapping for its fur), numbers are drastically reduced. In 1977, the United States Fish and Wildlife Services began efforts to save the species, and currently our wolves Aldo, Nestor and Inigo are candidates for a reintroduction program managed by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Learn more here.
We are proud to be conservation partners with the Ruaha Carnivore Project in Tanzania. One of the factors related to the decline of African carnivores (like lions and cheetahs) is conflict with local people who kill carnivores to protect themselves and their livestock. The Ruaha Carnivore Project works with locals to reduce this conflict by training guard dogs who protect and alert the livestock and herder of any potential danger. You can learn more here.
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