Breeding wolverines from Sweden move into Detroit Zoo
ROYAL OAK -- A pair of Swedish wolverines have been brought to the Detroit Zoo to live and breed.
Born in separate zoos, male wolverine Yaroslawl, 2, and female Janis, 1, were relocated from Sweden and were recommended for breeding by the European Endangered Species Programme, the Detroit Zoological Society announced Thursday.
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The Detroit Zoo has long been home to North American wolverines, but Yaroslawl and Janis are the first Eurasian wolverines to live there, according to the zoo.
"Wolverines have been a popular species at the Detroit Zoo since the beginning. They are well adapted to Michigan's climate, and guests love watching them explore and play, particularly in the winter when they are especially active," said Scott Carter, DZS chief life sciences officer, in a news release.
The z oo has a 91-year tradition of caring for wolverines. A year before it was open to the public, wolverines were "among the first species to arrive" during construction in 1927, according to the zoo.
"North American and Eurasian wolverines are facing conservation concerns due to persecution, deforestation and other human developments," according to the zoo. "The wild European population was recently estimated at approximately 2,260 individuals throughout Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway."
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