Grey wolves are now in their new home at Assiniboine Park Zoo with the opening of an exhibit this weekend!
Wolves weren’t originally part of the vision for the Zoo’s award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit.
The enclosure where the Zoo’s five wolves currently reside was originally intended for polar bears. However, when Journey to Churchill opened in July 2014, the Zoo only had four polar bears and two other dedicated polar bear enclosures. There was room to accommodate another northern animal species and wolves were a natural fit.
The Zoo’s timber (grey) wolf pack includes one female and four males. They have been a huge hit with Zoo visitors, but we need their current enclosure to accommodate our growing polar bear population, so the wolves are getting a permanent home that is better suited to their needs.
The new wolf exhibit, will be located in the Boreal Forest section of the Zoo approximately halfway between the Zoo entrance and Journey to Churchill. The exhibit has been designed to take advantage of a natural rise in elevation and abundant mature trees while maximizing the quality and number of viewing opportunities for visitors.
Key elements include a water feature, heated rocks in prominent viewing locations, and a highly naturalized landscape that will provide the wolves with the opportunity to forage and explore naturally.
The zoo is offering dads a 25% discount for Father’s Day weekend all day Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17.
SOURCE – Assiniboine Park Zoo
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