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Two rare female wolves arrive at San Diego Zoo for breeding

November 7, 2011 |  5:08 pm

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Jamie and Jasmine, two young maned wolves from a declining species in South America, have been sent to the San Diego Zoo to get pregnant, zoo officials announced.

The species has not been seen at the zoo for more than three decades. The two sisters, sent to San Diego from the White Oak Conservation Center in Florida, went on display Friday after a 30-day quarantine.

Zoo scientists are hunting for a suitable male at zoos throughout North America to impregnate the two, either naturally or through artificial insemination.

Loss of habitat in the open forests, savannas and marshlands of their native land has led to a population decline among maned wolves.

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Photo: Jamie, a female maned wolf. Credit: Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo

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