The Greensboro Science Center's four maned wolf pups, which made their public debut last week, now have names.
The two females are Stella and Luna, and the males are Betts and Cieza.
The maned wolf exhibit had been closed since early December when keepers determined Anaheim, a 5-year-old female maned wolf, was close to giving birth.The pups were born Dec. 11.
The pups' father, Nazca, was euthanized in January after an advanced stage of lung cancer was discovered. Cieza, one of the male pups, was named in honor of Nazca, a Science Center spokeswoman said. Pedro de Cieza de León was the first explorer to document the Nazca lines in the 1500s.
The young wolves were bred as part of a Species Survival Plan Program.
Maned wolves are native to the grasslands of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Though they are named a wolf and classified as a canid, they are closely related to foxes. They have long legs that allow them to see above the grass and large ears to hear over long distances. They are omnivores, which means their diet consists of small animals and plants. The thick black ruff on their back and neck gives them their name.