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Out and About: African Wild Dogs Come to LA

Well, well, well, the Sugar gang wasn't the only pack to recently travel to LA – a pair of African Wild dogs are now calling the Los Angeles Zoo home! The striking brother and sister duo are just over a year old and have spent the past month getting used to their new home after coming all the way from NY's Bronx Zoo. Learn why their presence is so special (and see another piccy) when you


For the first time in nearly 40 years these tri-colored pups are residing at this zoo – in fact, they're just two of under 150 African Wild Dogs in zoos across the entire country! These dogs are part of an aggressive plan to try and preserve the species through the Species Survival Plan Program (SSP). This program tracks a species’ genetic ancestry – if the Zoo receives a breeding recommendation, the American Zoological Association (AZA) would help locate suitable mates for the brother or sister and then exchange that animal with the LA Zoo so quality breeding programs could continue for the endangered creatures.

Photo Credit: Tad Motoyama

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zombielove zombielove 9 years
that picture is beautiful
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
Definatley cool looking
DarlingDA DarlingDA 9 years
That is the neatest looking dog I have ever seen. It looks like the one has hooves in the head-on shot.
wren1 wren1 9 years
Very interesting looking. I haven't decided if I think it's cute or not cute. :?
aimeelove aimeelove 9 years
That dog is so cute! It has some skinny legs though :P Too bad it's wild.
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