Retired endangered wolf has ovaries removed for preservation
February World of Wolves
Gametes and Oocytes
The Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) has different ways of contributing to the conservation of this critically endangered canid. A very important tool is the preservation of their gametes (reproductive cells) once the wolves have exceeded their prime reproductive years. On February 4, we took 13-year old Mexican wolf female F1046 (Abu) to the clinic to be spayed. After her ovaries were collected by Dr. Jerry Brown, our attending veterinarian, they were placed in a special container and picked-up by a professional courier (like in the movies!) and taken to the airport to catch a flight to Saint Louis Zoo.
Karen Bauman, a reproductive specialist, and three embryologists from a local human fertility clinic worked to bank both ovarian tissue and oocytes (unfertilized eggs).
F1046 (Abu) sealed in her shelter pen before going to the clinic.
Dr. Brown and intern performing spay surgery at Yelm Veterinary Hospital.
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