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Brookfield Zoo Announces Names of Mexican Gray Wolf Puppies


More than 20,000 votes were cast over the past two weeks to determine the names of Brookfield Zoo’s three 11-week-old Mexican gray wolf puppies.

The names that received the most votes for the two male pups are Rio, meaning river in Spanish, and Azul, meaning blue in Spanish and also signifies the Blue Range Mountains in Arizona, which is a release site for the Mexican gray wolf recovery program. The female puppy’s name is Ela, which means Earth in Apache.

Female Mexican gray wolf Ela (left)

The puppies are nearly fully weaned and have been eating solid food, mostly native prey such as deer and elk meat. They continue to grow by leaps and bounds and are very playful as they continue to explore their habitat at the zoo’s Regenstein Wolf Woods.

Male Mexican gray wolf puppies Azul (left) and Rio (right)

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, plays an important role in the Mexican gray wolf recovery program, demonstrating its commitment to helping the population in the wild and raising awareness about an iconic North American species, which was once on the brink of extinction. Two other puppies born in this litter, named Blaze and Brooke, were placed with the wild Elk Horn Pack in Arizona as part of the recovery program’s cross-fostering efforts earlier this spring.


Those interested in helping to provide the best quality diet and expert care for the Mexican gray wolf family can participate in the Society’s Share the Care program. For a $35 donation, you or a recipient will receive a 5” x 7” color photo of the three puppies at Brookfield Zoo, a personalized adoption certificate, a species fact sheet, a special Share the Care decal, and an invitation to the exclusive Share the Care Evening (ticket purchase required). To adopt the wolf family and for further information, visit  Share the Care.

Posted: 7/12/2016 10:58:08 AM by

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