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Audubon Zoo 'Pupdate': Newborn endangered African painted dog pups see the world outside their den

African painted dogs first family outing at Audubon Zoo (Source: Audubon Nature Institute) African painted dogs first family outing at Audubon Zoo (Source: Audubon Nature Institute)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Under the watchful eyes and noses of their parents, 10 newborn African painted dogs left their den and explored their outdoor habitat at the Audubon Zoo for the first time October 31. 

Zoo visitors will get their first look at the frisky family November 1. 

In a first for the zoo, the litter was born September 11 to 4-year-old Sienna. 

The births were hailed as significant in the effort to save the species which is considered one of the most endangered carnivores on the African continent. 

According to Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, "There are approximately 112 African painted dogs in 37 North American zoos which makes every birth important." 

Gorsuch said the pup survival rate is typically 52 percent, "So the fact that Sienna had 10 pups and all 10 have survived is definitely something to celebrate.''

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