Louisville Zoo debuts maned wolf, 4 meerkats

LOUISVILLE The Louisville Zoo has some new residents. They are a 1 ½-year-old male maned wolf named Rocko and four male meerkats named Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Rajesh, for characters on the CBS hit show "The Big Bang Theory."

The maned wolf is the only one of its species on exhibit in Louisville, but the zoo hopes to add a female soon. The zoo says the maned wolf is listed as endangered with the main threat being habitat loss and disease transferred from domestic dogs.

The meerkats are from the Gladys Porter Zoo in south Texas and join a female meerkat, named Penny for another character in "The Big Bang Theory."

All five animals recently cleared the mandatory 30-day quarantine for new animals and made their debut at the Louisville Zoo.

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