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The new wolf exhibit opened on June 16, 2018 with four male wolves and one female in the Boreal Forest section of the zoo.

Wolves weren’t originally part of the vision for the Zoo's award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit. The enclosure where the Zoo’s five wolves formerly resided was originally intended for polar bears. However, when Journey to Churchill opened in July 2014, the Zoo only had four polar bears. There was room to accommodate another northern animal species and wolves were a natural fit.

So on June 16the the wolf enclosure opened and unlike the polar bears which seem really indifferent to us humans the wolves immediately went to the fence to view the humans who were in turn viewing them. So it was difficult to get the wolves at a distance from the chain link fence to get a picture without fencing.

The opening shot was taken from the side and one can see that the wolf was really curious about the humans.

If photographing the polar bears is any indication it will take some time to find the right location to shoot the wolves without the chain link fencing effecting the view.

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Taken June 16, 2018.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 07/01/18 21:03
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 07/01/18 21:04

A cropped version of a full view of wolf in its old enclosure with reflection from the glass impacting the full picture.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 07/01/18 21:05

Such a view but for the chain link fence. It took quite a bit of time on my part to find good locations to photograph the polar bear so I would imagine that will be the case here with the wolves.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 07/01/18 21:05

This is a part of the wolf enclosure which view through glass of a part of the Boreal forest setting. Unfortunately the wolves seem to prefer the portion where the chain link fence is located. There are small white markings on the glass which must be for the wolves to stop them from running into the glass?


Comments by Harry Liston on Tue, 07/03/18 22:06

I recently saw the Aquarium in Quebec City and was unable to get very close to anything, except the fishes and other aquatic creatures. It's more for children, who were there in great numbers. They have two polar bears but they cannot be seen from underwater like at Winnipeg's facility. I still found it interesting but was expecting something more like what your polar bear pictures portrayed.

In the OP it is unclear if the wolf is longing for its freedom, or just curious about what's going on outside. It looks like they have lots of space and are well taken care of.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 07/04/18 12:17

In their previous enclosure which was a part of the Journey to Churchill exhibit the wolves could be viewed either through glass or with nothing between them and people except "air" which is the best way to put it. In their new home the area which is quite expansive the wolves can be viewed through glass or the cursed chain link fencing.

The opening picture was taken on the first day of the exhibit being opened and as soon as the wolves came out their den they were all the fences looking at the people looking at them. I went back 2 weeks later thinking that the wolves like the polar bears would be over their curiosity but they were all the fences looking at the humans so I think unlike the polar bears who seem very indifferent to us humans the wolves are a much more curious animal.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 07/04/18 20:29

This shot was a cropped version with most of the wolf's body hidden behind a bush taken in their new enclosure.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 07/04/18 20:30

This image of a grey wolf was taken in their former home which had both open air and through glass views of the wolf.

Taxonomic Name: Canis lupus
Diet: Large and small mammals such as moose, deer, and rabbits.
Longevity in the wild: 6 - 8 years
Size: Head and body: 90 - 160 cm,Tail: 35 - 50 cm
Weight: 20 - 80 kilograms


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 07/04/18 20:31

The Assiniboine Park Zoo lies just to the east of the north south approach to the Winnipeg International Airport.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Fri, 07/06/18 20:26

I spotted this prairie dog in the old wolf enclosure... I think I would have moved next door to the musk ox enclosure.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Fri, 07/06/18 20:27

grey wolf in the old enclosure


Comments by S Roter on Mon, 07/09/18 18:52

There is a place not far from where I live, called Eco-Museum.
Located in St Anne De Bellvue. Animals held there have been injured
and can no longer survive in the wild. They have a few wolves there
among many other animals and birds. That squirrel should find a new
home.