Wolves get new home at Assiniboine Park Zoo

Wolves get new home at Assiniboine Park Zoo

A howling new exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo is set to open this weekend.

The Zoo announced Thursday that the zoo’s grey wolves will make their home in a brand new habitat just in time for Father’s Day, with the new exhibit opening on Saturday and after a 25% discount on the price of admission for dads.

APZ’s wolf pack, which includes four males and one female, first arrived to the Zoo in 2014 and has since made their home in the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit.

“Wolves weren’t originally part of the vision for the Journey to Churchill exhibit however when it opened, there was room to accommodate another northern animal species and they were a natural fit,” said Johanna Soto, curator at APZ. “Since then, they’ve been so popular with our visitors we decided to build them a permanent home here and one that is designed specifically for them.”

With the wolves out of the Journey to Churchill area, the Zoo will soon welcome polar bears to the exhibit beginning later this summer.

Located in the Boreal Forest section of the Zoo, the new wolf habitat 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.

The Zoo says the key elements of the new habitat include a water feature, heated rocks, and a highly naturalized landscape that will provide the wolves with the opportunity to forage and explore naturally.

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