Seneca Park Zoo officials have announced the arrival of two gray wolves, Timber and Willow, to the zoo. The two-year-old wolves were born at New York State Zoo in Watertown, and transferred from the Buffalo Zoo earlier this week.
“Animal care staff is eager to welcome wolves to the Zoo family, and guests will connect deeply with this species when they visit,” Larry Sorel, the zoo’s director, stated. “We are thrilled to be able to once again provide that experience, and fill this exhibit.”
Though removed from the Endangered Species list, or otherwise not listed as endangered in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, gray wolves are considered endangered in the rest of the continental U.S.
In North America, their populations are limited to Alaska, Canada, the Great Lakes, northern Rockies, and the Pacific Northwest, after being almost eliminated from other parts of their natural range due to excessive human interference, beginning in 1930, according to officials.
The zoo is open every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and visitors are allowed to stay on the grounds until 4 p.m.