CULTURE Pack of handsome wild dogs debuts at Bronx Zoo

CULTURE

Pack of handsome wild dogs debuts at Bronx Zoo

AP

02:32, October 16, 2019

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In this recent photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, three male dhole, a species of Asiatic wild dog, that have debuted at the Bronx Zoo, stand in their new habitat adjacent at the zoo in the Bronx borough of New York. (Photo: AP)

A pack of handsome brothers is getting settled at New York’s Bronx Zoo.

The foxlike wild dogs — called dholes (dohlz) — were born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2016.

The trio, named Roan, Apollo and Kito, have brownish-red coats dappled with white markings, and bushy tails.

Dholes are native to parts of southern and central Asia. The Wildlife Conservation Society says populations of the pups are endangered by development, hunting and diseases from domestic dogs.

The society’s long-term plans include acquiring female dholes for a breeding program.

An exhibit formerly occupied by polar bears has been repurposed for the dhole’s habitat. The Bronx Zoo’s last polar bear, Tundra, died in 2017 at age 26.

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