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Gray wolf pups begin exploring their habitat at the Oakland Zoo

Grey Wolf Pups
Gray wolf pups, born on May 13, begin exploring their two-acre habitat at the Oakland Zoo on Monday. Their parents were brought to the zoo last year.
(Ben Margot / Associated Press)

Four new gray wolf pups have come out of their den at the Oakland Zoo.

The pups were born May 13. This month, the 6-week-old pups have started to explore the two-acre habitat.

Parents Siskiyou and Sequoia were born in captivity and brought to the zoo’s California Trail area in April 2018. Siskiyou is a first-time mom, and the zoo doesn’t plan to breed further.

Wolves are reclusive creatures and take time to bond. Then they mate for life.

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Darren Minier, the zoo’s assistant director of animal care, conservation and research, says creating a wolf pack is essential to the wolves’ emotional health.

Zoo workers will monitor the family to ensure they are thriving.


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