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Toledo Zoo Announces Names of New Wolves

Posted Jan 26th, 2015 by Andi Norman  Category: General News

 

It’s official; the Toledo Zoo’s new wolves are Loki, Tundra and Lobo. The results came after a two-week-long program that invited the public to vote on names through a donation project that helps provide for the wolves’ care and supports wolves in the wild, too.

Loki (Low-key) is the name of a mischievous shape-shifting god of Norse mythology. Tundra (Tun-dreh) is a word that comes from the Russian or Finnish word for a cold, treeless plain. Lobo (Low-boh) is the Spanish word for wolf.

The three 9-month-old male wolves are now on exhibit at the Toledo Zoo’s Arctic Encounter, joining the Zoo’s two adult female wolves. The new arrivals were brought in to expand the size of the Zoo’s wolf pack as its females get older. Because wolves are pack animals with a complex social structure, introductions were a carefully managed process. By slowly integrating the juveniles into the pack, Zoo staff was able to offer the juveniles the security they need without upsetting the hierarchy the adults had already established.

All three wolves are brothers from the same litter, and they can be distinguished from the females by their heavier build and slightly darker color (their coats have hints of reddish-brown, while the two adults are very light grey).

Although wolves have endured a fierce reputation in human history and fairy tales, in reality they are shy, intelligent animals that mate for life and live in packs, caring for the pups together. These athletes can run as fast as 35 miles per hour and are well adapted to cold climates, with a keen sense of smell, double layers of fur and snowshoe-like paws.

The new wolf pack is scheduled to be on exhibit daily ‘til 4 p.m., though the animals’ well-being or weather changes may require briefly moving them off exhibit.

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