The wolves of Parkgate Street: Dublin Zoo welcomes a new fearsome family
Published 22/03/2016 | 12:06
Dublin Zoo has announced the arrival of eight new grey wolves.
The new pack of wolves, which came from Osnabrück Zoo in north-west Germany, consists of an alpha male, an alpha female and their offspring.
The furry family range in age from two to ten-years-old.
In order to help the new arrivals settle in with ease, the animal care team will introduce the family to the existing pack of wolves in the coming weeks.
It's important that they get to know their neighbours.
Team leader Ciarán McMahon said, “We are very pleased with these wonderful additions to Dublin Zoo. The pack arrived from Germany just two weeks ago and the wolves are showing clear signs of settling in.
"They are comfortable and confident in their new surroundings and remain close at all times.”
Despite the name, greay wolves can exist in any colour from black to white. They live in well-organised packs with a complicated social system. The whole pack travels, hunts, and raises their offspring together.
Grey wolves once lived in the forests of Ireland but their habitat was destroyed and they were hunted. Once the forest disappeared, the wolves disappeared.
The last wolf seen in Ireland was in County Carlow in 1786.
Visitors to Dublin Zoo can see the grey wolves at their habitat in the Zoo. The wolves can also be observed on the Zoo webcam which is on Dublin Zoo’s website.