Zoo Baby Alert: Meet the new African Wild Dog puppies at the Denver Zoo

Their names are Cholula, Nigel, Livingstone and Theodore Roosevelt, and they are very good dogs.

African wild dog puppies at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of Denver Zoo)
African wild dog puppies at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of Denver Zoo)
African wild dog puppies at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of Denver Zoo)

Four African wild dog puppies are making their debut at the Denver Zoo tomorrow.

Their names are Cholula, Nigel, Livingstone and Theodore Roosevelt, and they are very good dogs.

African wild dog puppies and their mother at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of Denver Zoo)
African wild dog puppies and their mother at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of Denver Zoo)

The pups were born at the Denver Zoo on Nov. 20, 2017, to 5-year-old Tilly and 6-year-old Jesse, according to a press release.. Mother and pups have been in a private maternity den.

African wild dogs are an endangered species due to habitat fragmentation, conflict with human activities and infectious disease, the release says. The worldwide population is estimated at 6,600.

African wild dog puppies at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of Denver Zoo)
African wild dog puppies at the Denver Zoo. (Courtesy of Denver Zoo)

Along with another adult dog, Cheza, Jesse and Tilly came to the Denver Zoo under the recommendation of the Species Survival Plan, which ensures healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals.

Visitors can see the pups every day from noon to 2 p.m. in the Pahali Ya Mwana yard in Benson Predator Ridge. After March 1, they’ll be doing Dog Stuff in various habitats inside various habitats throughout Benson Predator Ridge, weather permitting.

Ashley Dean

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