Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) Trunkline Magazine: June 2017 - Page 4

The “Maned” Attraction “What’s that momma?” For those of you who have visited the Maned Wolf exhibit at the Zoo with your little ones, you have prob- ably heard this question before. A fi rst glance at our maned wolves usually results in a double take. This unique animal has a very different appearance than the wolves we are accustomed to seeing, and more closely resembles a fox than a wolf. Its unique characteristics and long legs have earned it the nickname “fox on stilts.” The Louisville Zoo has two maned wolves, Rocko and Sadie, both fi ve years old. Rocko, the male, came to us from Smithsonian Conserva- tion Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia during September of 2013. Sadie, the female wolf, came from Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas in November of 2014. The hope was that the two wolves would take a Maned Wolf Cubs at 7 weeks. liking to each other as part of the Maned Wolf Species Survival Plan: a cooperative breeding and conserva- tion program to assist endangered species and maintain the genetic diversity of managed animal popu- lations. However, ensuring a success- ful pairing took more than a bit of hope and planned matchmak- ing. The Louisville Zoo is continu- ally seeking the very best methods in nutrition, veterinary care, and 4 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Summer 2017 animal husbandry and consistently monitors the health of the animals. Sadie was underweight, had a poor appetite and suboptimal stool qual- ity. Following a thorough medical evaluation and treatment plan, a diet change was pursued to im- prove food intake, body condition and stool quality before a pairing could be considered. Zoo keepers and veterinary staff developed a plan to optimize the health of both adult wolves. This diet change was Cubs and Father Rocko at 12 weeks, Michael Clevenger, Courier-Journal