Five Mexican Gray Wolves (all male) live at Brookfield Zoo in a two-acre exhibit. The facility costing $2.5 million was dubbed a "Hilton for wolves" in its debut June 2004 and is part of the USFWS Mexcian Wolf Recovery Species Survival Plan. The "Regenstein Wolf Woods" is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society. The wolves are siblings that share the same parents but from two separate litters. Three are 7 years old and two are 6 years old. They were all born at the Columbus Zoo but spent much of their early lives at the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center in Eureka, MO. [I think they arrived as yearlings.]
Their enclosure is described to have a lake but it looked only like a pond to me unless the public cannot see it all. The viewing areas have low fencing and is divided from the wolves by a moat. The rest of the enclosure's fencing is electrified. There is construction being conducted right next to their manufactured habitat for a new bear/bison exhibit that is DEAFINING and it was highly irritating to me. I can't imagine what it did to the poor wolves. Their diet is described to be kibble/shankbones/knucklebones. For the most part the zoo was empty and no mention of wolf awareness week was posted. However, the zoo was featuring "Boo at the Zoo" and several groups of school children waffed in and out of the exhibit. I was happy to see that they all seemed very interested in the wolves.
EDIT: I tried a few different pix as some of the ones in the first post were high resolution and zooomed.
Here are 42 pictures I chose for a slideshow taken on different days.
and 3 short movies (the terrible sound is the construction work)
My camera is modest and the weather was windy and rainy so the photos aren't great but the subject matter -
Chris, I'm having trouble viewing this. I can't see your movies at all. We are on are old satellite connection because the business connection we had, the actual satellite in the sky, is not working. Scary, huh? Anyway, I'm hoping it's on my end and when we get our new business connection back up, I'll be able to see. I only saw the same 5 photos in your slideshow. This is wonderful and I wish you would have dropped it on a CD with your contest entry, I think it would have bowled the judges over. You're so thorough. I love you.
Chris, I was finally able to see everything, thank you. They are gorgeous. I feel sorry for them with that horrible noise. I'd go crazy. How long was that construction gonna last?
Question, you said the exhibit cost $2.4 mil. It's very pretty but I don't understand what they could have possibly spent that much on from the photos. Is there something we missed? I'm thinking we could have done that for $100,000 if we had it!
I love in the one video where you tell the Wolf you love him. I can't wait until you meet the WHAP pack.
Their diet sounds a bit bland. I noticed that one Wolf seems to be quite bloated. I wonder if he's just overweight? Did you ever see a keeper at the exhibit?
They are amazingly calm with all that's going on. Certainly not canidates for reintroduction. They would be much too habituated to humans.