Dublin Zoo have introduced a new wolf pack which came from Osnabrück Zoo in north-west Germany, consists of an alpha male, an alpha female and their offspring. They range in age from two to ten years old.
The animal care team will introduce the eight new grey wolves to the existing pack of wolves in the coming weeks.
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.”
Gray wolves are legendary because of their spine-tingling howl. Although the largest members of the dog family, they have been hunted to near extinction.
Grey wolves can be 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. The last wolf seen in Ireland was in County Carlow in 1786.