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Endangered wolf pups born at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announced a rare addition the zoo Wednesday! 

The zoo announced  Luna, their 10 year old Mexican gray wolf, had a litter of pups, the zoo's first in 20 years. This was exciting for staff, who have been actively working to breed the  species for years. They said it's highly significant for the future of the species and they could go on to help repopulate the species in the wild.

Zookeepers say Luna is exhibiting great maternal behavior and is caring for the pups in a cozy underground den in the wolf exhibit. They don't yet know the genders of the pups.

Zookeepers monitored the birth and after care using a camera mounted inside the den.  The camera is connected to a monitor in the guest viewing area, so zoo visitors will be able to see footage of them at the exhibit.

The litter's sire is Navarro, who came to the zoo last November. The litter arrived a day before his birthday. 

Currently there are only 114 Mexican gray wolves in the wild, and only about 300 in human care. 

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