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Grey wolves pack out Dublin Zoo

Friday, 27th September, 2019 6:00pm
Grey wolves pack out Dublin Zoo

Wolves in the Woods is now open at Dublin Zoo. Photo: Patrick Bolger

Grey wolves pack out Dublin Zoo

Wolves in the Woods is now open at Dublin Zoo. Photo: Patrick Bolger

DUBLIN Zoo has opened a new habitat that will be home to a pack of seven grey wolves.

Wolves in the Woods has been designed as a large, stimulating space for the wolves. It is over 4,000 sq mt in size and was inspired by the natural habitat of the grey wolf.

The new habitat includes a stunning water feature, a dedicated feeding area and three observation shelters where visitors can observe the wolves.

Grey wolves once lived in the forests of Ireland until their habitat was destroyed and they were hunted to extinction. The last wolf seen in Ireland was seen in Co Carlow in 1786.

In some parts of Western Europe and the USA their numbers are increasing thanks to heavy protection and conservation projects that are helping them regain their old hunting grounds.

“The opening of Wolves in the Woods is yet another milestone on our journey of redeveloping Dublin Zoo into a world class zoo and provide an excellent visitor experience,” said Leo Oosterweghel, Director of Dublin Zoo.

“Every detail of the habitat has been considered carefully with the wellness of the wolf pack in mind and the design was inspired by their natural habitat.”

Ciaran McMahon, team leader at Dublin Zoo, said the wolf pack is settling in very well to their new home.

“I am delighted to say that the wolf pack have adapted to their new habitat very quickly,” he said.

“They are very comfortable and confident in their new surroundings.”

For further information on Wolves in the Wood visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo or www.dublinzoo.ie.

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