Saving Endangered Canids

Saving Endangered Canids

There are 35 species of canids, including the maned wolf, dhole, African painted dog, and the critically endangered red wolf. Smithsonian scientists have been working to preserve these species using a comprehensive approach which includes educational outreach and monitoring in home ranges, studying the biology, genetics, and behavior in individuals housed in zoos, and developing reproductive technologies to support ‘insurance’ populations, as a hedge against extinction and a source of animals for reintroduction. Recently, Smithsonian scientists produced the first litter of puppies made by in vitro fertilization, and with support from Conservation Nation, will work to translate this and other accomplishments to endangered canid conservation globallyThere are 35 species of canids, including the maned wolf, dhole, African painted dog, and the critically endangered red wolf. Smithsonian scientists have been working to preserve these species using a comprehensive approach which includes educational outreach and monitoring in home ranges, studying the biology, genetics, and behavior in individuals housed in zoos, and developing reproductive technologies to support ‘insurance’ populations, as a hedge against extinction and a source of animals for reintroduction. Recently, Smithsonian scientists produced the first litter of puppies made by in vitro fertilization, and with support from Conservation Nation, will work to translate this and other accomplishments to endangered canid conservation globally.