HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three male African wild dogs born at the Honolulu Zoo in 2017 were shipped off to a zoo in Idaho last week as part of a program aimed at preserving the species.
But don’t despair, zoo goers: five African wild dogs remain at Honolulu Zoo.
“This is a win-win situation as it benefits the zoo that’s breeding endangered or threatened animals, as well as the zoo that’s receiving them,” said Linda Santos, Honolulu Zoo director, in a news release.
There are less than 5,000 African wild dogs left in the wild.
Since 1997, the Honolulu Zoo has raised 18, sending offspring to other facilities for successful breeding of more canines.
The three African wild dogs sent to Zoo Boise in Idaho ― Jasper, Kyanite and MJ ― were part of a litter of seven puppies born at the zoo in October 2017.
Next time you’re at the zoo, be sure to stop by and say hello to the zoo’s remaining wild dogs: Pumpkin, Lilikoi, Peanut, Raisin ― and their mom, Ivy.