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Barcelona Zoo receives litter of 5 female Iberian wolves for breeding program


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Barcelona Zoo receives litter of 5 female Iberian wolves for breeding program
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Barcelona Zoo received a few days ago a litter of 5 females of the Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus), all females from the Zoo of Montpelier (France).  Historically Barcelona Zoo has shown interest in this species and has become the coordinator of the EEP (European captive breeding) of the Iberian wolf.

The objective of this breeding program is to maintain genetic variability of Iberian wolf populations to ensure future conservation projects.According to the IUCN Red List of Vertebrates in Spain, the Iberian wolf's status is "Vulnerable".  An estimated current population on the peninsula is between 1500-2000 copies.

Currently the Park is a wolf elderly will be transferred to another facility in the same zoo and that with the new breed, can lead to problems of coexistence. The wolf is a creature of social behavior which is characterized by numerous factions force the predominance of couples and small family groups of a few specimens.  The existing hierarchy within the groups of wolves are manifested as different tail movements and facial expressions of animals. 

The wolves weigh between 25 and 45 kg and have a height of 70 to 80 cm.It is a very flexible and adaptable species that can take all kinds of environments, from sea level to the mountain.The Iberian wolf occupies the highest rung of the ecological pyramid of the Mediterranean forest as the main predator in this ecosystem.  It feeds mainly on large herbivores, but also eat carrion, including medium-sized mammals and other predators, all kinds of small vertebrates and even fruits and vegetables.

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