The lost wolf pup left Boise Wednesday morning, June 20, on its way to a new home and family in Virginia.
Idaho Fish and Game officials last week selected Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, a list of potential facilities willing to accept the wolf pup long-term, compiled by officials at Zoo Boise.
- Has successfully maintained wolves for more than 12 years, and has nine.
- Recently received two pups, which are now six weeks old.
- Is part of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens education and conservation conglomerate, which includes several AZA accredited facilities.
- Is a sponsor of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund; a strong financial contributor of more than $10 million to wildlife conservation worldwide. Active in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Project. A list of their sponsors includes Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and several other reputable conservation organizations.
- Is where the National Zoo (affiliated with the Smithsonian) sends its staff to receive captive wolf training.
On May 25, out of town campers picked up what they thought was a lost domestic puppy outside Ketchum and took it to a vet clinic in town. Officials thought the male puppy looked like it might be a wolf.
A recent DNA test proved them right - it is a wild wolf.
Idaho Fish and Game looked for a wolf pack near where the pup was found, hoping to return the lost pup. But they could find no fresh sign of a pack in the area.
Zoo Boise has taken care of the pup while officials compiled a list of facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that would be suitable for the pup.