A southern New Mexico zoo has sent a Mexican gray wolf to Mexico for a breeding program.
The male wolf from the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park in Carlsbad was flown earlier this month to Centro Ecologico de Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico.
There, it is to be paired with a Mexican gray wolf female.
The wolf from Carlsbad is one of six Mexican gray wolf brothers at the park that came from the Wild Canid Research and Survival Center in Eureka, Mo.
Living Desert park's general curator, Holly Payne, says the wolves have been in Carlsbad since 2005 and have not been bred.
She says Living Desert was contacted about a genetically important female wolf in the facility in Mexico.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.