The Red River Zoo is pleased to announce the addition of four new grey wolf pups!
The four siblings were born at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari which is affiliated with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska. The pups were born on 4/30/15 and arrived at the Red River Zoo July 18th at 11 weeks of age. The pups have been off exhibit to the public while they have slowly been introduced to the two wolves who currently reside at the Zoo, Ella and Moose.
In 2008, the Red River Zoo’s premier Grey Wolf Exhibit was opened. The 2008 wolf pack originated with 7 wolves. Two females departed for other zoos later that fall. One female currently resides at the Detroit Zoo and the other female is at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari and is the mother of our new pups! Our exhibit was home to 5 adult wolves until the summer of 2012. Sirius passed away due to health complications from a twisted stomach, a condition that can affect larger canines, both wild and domestic. Mozart was humanely euthanized in 2014 due to a brain tumor. With the loss of these two wolves, pack hierarchy was disrupted resulting in aggression towards our lower ranking male, Orion. In January of 2015, Orion moved to the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, ND where he currently resides with another male. The Red River Zoo’s current wolves Ella, a female, and Moose, a male, are siblings and now 7 years of age. They are part of the zoo’s first wolf pack.
Staff at the Red River Zoo have slowly introduced the new pups to the two older wolves through supervised contact over several weeks. The introductions have been successful and staff will continue to monitor the pack which is now on exhibit for the public to watch.