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Eight grey wolves have arrived at Dublin Zoo

The new pack of wolves consists of an alpha male, an alpha female and their offspring.

EIGHT GREY WOLVES have arrived at Dublin Zoo.

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.

They range in age from two to 10 years old. The animal care team will introduce the new arrivals to the existing pack of wolves in the coming weeks.

Eight grey wolves have arrived at Dublin Zoo
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  • Dublin Zoo wolves

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  • Dublin Zoo wolves

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  • Dublin Zoo wolves

    Source: Patrick Bolger
  • Dublin Zoo wolves

    Source: Patrick Bolger
  • Dublin Zoo wolves

    Source: Patrick Bolger

Team leader Ciarán McMahon said the pack arrived from Germany just two weeks ago and the wolves are “showing clear signs of settling in”, noting: “They are comfortable and confident in their new surroundings and remain close at all times.”

Dublin Zoo said 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 sighting in Ireland was in county Carlow in 1786.

The wolves can be seen in person at the zoo or observed on the zoo’s webcam on its website.

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