Detroit Zoo welcomes new baby wolverines from Sweden

Posted at 11:01 AM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 12:56:53-04

Two new wolverines have found a new home at the Detroit Zoo. 

The wolverines were born in separate zoos in Sweden -- Yaroslawl, the male is two years old, and Janis, the female is a year old. 

According to zoo staff, the pair are expected to breed through the European Endangered Species Programme. 

Once abundant in population, North American and Eurasian wolverines – the two known sub-species – are facing conservation concerns due to persecution, deforestation and other human developments. The wild European population was recently estimated at approximately 2,260 individuals throughout Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway.

 Right now, 23 wolverines living in Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos.