Wolves have better teeth – level 2

02-11-2023 07:00

The red wolf, a unique type of wolf in the USA, is making a slow comeback thanks to a breeding program.

Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington, helps by looking after their teeth. Broken teeth can make it hard for these wolves to eat properly. Around 270 red wolves remain, most in zoos, and only 20 in the wild in eastern North Carolina. The zoo’s vets gave the wolves dental checkups and cleaned their teeth. They also did x-rays and removed bad teeth.

Wolves in zoos live longer because they get regular health checkups. Red wolves used to live in many places in the USA but had a hard time surviving. Zoologists are trying to protect and reintroduce them.

Difficult words: unique (special), checkup (an examination), reintroduce (to put an animal or plant into the place where they normally live).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What measures are being taken to help reintroduce red wolves to their natural habitats?


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