El PASO, Texas - (March 2, 2017) The El Paso Zoo staff is saddened over the loss of 14-year-old Mexican wolf, Ivy. Ivy was born at the Colombus Zoo, transfered to the Cincinnati Zoo and was later transferred to the El Paso Zoo. She has been a part of the El Paso Zoo family for over 12 years.
“I’ve been at the Zoo for almost 20 years, so I’ve been with Ivy since she first got here,” said Area Supervisor Tony Zydonyk. “She was a longtime resident and a great animal. Everybody loved her, and she’s going to be missed.”
Ivy passed away some time during the night and was found this morning. The male Mexican wolf, Zephyr, and other female wolf, Ash, appear to be in good health. Her death was unexpected, and at this time, the cause of death is unknown. A full necropsy is being scheduled to gather more information.
The El Paso Zoo has worked diligently in efforts to conserve the Mexican wolf. In addition to the wolves that currently live at the Zoo, the Zoo has sponsored various Mexican wolf conservation efforts, and recently, Zoo staff has worked with the Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to vaccinate, examine and treat eleven Mexican wolves that were released into the wild.