Zoo Boise, a division of Boise Parks and Recreation, is happy to announce the arrival of its newest member. Henry, a six-year-old maned wolf, is joining Zoo Boise from the Pueblo Zoo in Colorado.
This addition is very exciting and significant for Zoo Boise. Henry has been matched with Zoo Boise’s female maned wolf, Jamie, as part of the Maned Wolf Species Survival Program (SSP). The SSP is one of the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s many conservation programs. Its primary role is to serve as a breeding program for selected endangered or threatened species. The goal is to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population for these animals in order to increase their numbers and be able to reintroduce certain zoo-bred animals into their natural habitats, if necessary.
Zoo Boise hopes to accelerate the introduction process of the two maned wolves, as their breeding season is approaching. Zoo staff expect Henry to be on exhibit soon for visitors to view.
Maned wolves are found in the tall grasslands (pampas), shrub habitats, savannah woodlands (cerrado), and swampy areas of South America.
You can visit Henry and Jamie at Zoo Boise – open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note: Zoo Boise will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.