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Five adorable Mexican wolf pups have been born at Brookfield Zoo. The litter came into the world on 26 April when three-year-old Vivilette gave birth.Two of the month-old male pups have begun to venture out of their den to explore their surroundings at the zoo while their three siblings are to embark on a much bigger adventure as they have been released to the wild in New Mexico as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan. On 5 May, the 10-day-old pups - two males and one female - were flown to New Mexico and successfully placed in the den of the Whitewater Canyon wolf pack by the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team. There are nearly 200 Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico and at least an additional 40 individuals in Mexico.From the 1980s until 1998, when reintroduction efforts began, Mexican wolves were considered extinct in the wild.