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Endangered African Wild Dogs now on exhibit at Honolulu Zoo celebrate their first birthday

Honolulu -- Today, seven critically endangered African Wild Dog puppies born at the Honolulu Zoo on October 16, 2017 celebrated their first birthday together. Four females, Pumpkin, Lilikoi, Peanut and Raisin, and three males, MJ (stands for Malachite Jr. after his father), Jasper and Kyanite were unveiled to the public inside of their habitat at 9:30 this morning. Born to mother Ivy, and father Malachite, they were given a special birthday treat at the exhibit: a carcass of beef and cardboard prey look-alikes.

Critically endangered African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) are also known as African Painted Dogs, African Hunting Dogs, Painted Hunting Dogs or Cape Hunting Dogs. One of Africa's most effective predators and with no more than 5,000 left in the wild, there are currently 114 dogs distributed between 33 zoos as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which includes the Honolulu Zoo. The African Wild Dog population is severely fragmented and declining rapidly due to loss of habitat, conflict with humans and their pets, and infectious diseases from domesticated canines.

The Honolulu Zoo is proud to be a participant in the AZA Species Survival Plan and the staff is very excited to celebrate the first birthdays of these rare African Wild Dog puppies.

Videos of the birthday celebration and an interview with Honolulu Zoo General Curator Robert Porec can be found at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1wWvGES6Dx3ZZ70KkYE3CDJGne1s5z2du?usp=sharing

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