At 4 weeks of age, maned wolf puppies Dora and Diego are ready to start on solid food. Adult maned wolves are omniviorous, meaning they eat both plant material and meat. Here at the zoo, their diet consists of a specially formulated dry kibble, raw meat, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. The first stage of the transition for the puppies is a gruel made with soaked kibble, canned dog food and some formula.
They need a little help at first, and we have put some on our fingers and feed it to them until they get the hang of it. Even then, sometimes they think its more fun to play in their food than to eat it, which means we’ll spend the rest of the day smelling like dog food!