Honolulu Zoo sends off three endangered African wild dogs to Idaho

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Three African wild dogs were delivered safely by the Honolulu Zoo to Zoo Boise in Idaho in May. 

It’s a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). 

The Honolulu Zoo is an active member of the SSP, and there are at least 114 African wild dogs distributed between 33 zoos across the country.

“A major component of the Honolulu Zoo’s mission is conservation,” said zoo Director Linda Santos. “The Species Survival Plan allows our staff to fulfill this mandate while helping other zoos display new animals. This is a win-win situation as it benefits the zoo that’s breeding endangered or threatened animals, as well as the zoo that’s receiving them.”   

The three African wild dogs, Jasper, Kyanite and MJ, left the Honolulu Zoo last Thursday afternoon on a special flight that arrived in Boise the following day.

The dogs are now on display in a newly constructed exhibit at Zoo Boise. The three canines were born at the Honolulu Zoo on October 16, 2017 as part of a litter of seven puppies. The four female African wild dogs from that litter, Pumpkin, Lilikoi, Peanut and Raisin, as well as their mother Ivy, remain on display at the Honolulu Zoo.

African wild dogs are listed as endangered, with no more than 5,000 left in the wild. 

Since 1997, the Honolulu Zoo has bred and raised 18 African wild dogs, sending offspring to other facilities where many have also successfully bred.

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