The onset of summer for the Animal Care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, means patiently awaiting endangered-animal births, hand raising youngsters, and saying farewell to cubs that are ready to be matched with mates. All of the species—which range in International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List status from near threatened to endangered—are significant and represent great conservation successes.
One of the new births of these important animals were two male Maned Wolf pups, born on 14 April to 2-year-old female Vitani and 8-year-old male, Paul. The pups received a clean bill of health at their first veterinary exam, appearing robust and healthy. Keepers have nicknamed the pups
Shy for their distinctive personalities — via ZooBorns)