National Zoo's 16-Year-Old Maned Wolf Dies

10:44 AM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo say a 16-year-old female maned wolf named Diamantina died March 8.

Zoo officials say the median life expectancy of a wild maned wolf is approximately 13 years, but a maned wolf that lives in a zoo can live to be 16 years. 

According to zoo officials in a press release on Tuesday, "Maned wolves inhabit the grasslands and scrub forests of central South America. The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies this species as near threatened due to habitat loss and motor vehicle strikes."

Zoo officials say Diamantina went from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. to the National Zoo's Cheetah Conservation Station in October 2009. There, Diamantina was companion for Siete, the 10-year-old male maned wolf.

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