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Pair of red wolves added to Point Defiance Zoo exhibit

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm with 5 Comments »
June 30, 2011 4:13 pm

The public can now see a pair of endangered red wolves that were added to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s Red Wolf Woods exhibit today.

Wilson, 11, and Havana, 7, recently arrived from Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Tx.

There are now three red wolves at the zoo. Graham has been here since the exhibit opened and he will stay in a separate area than the new arrivals.

The zoo’s female red wolf, Ocean Blue, died unexpectedly in May from a uterine infection.

A meeting will be held in July to determine which female red wolf would be the best mate for Graham, who was Ocean Blue’s mate for three years.

There are less than 300 red wolves in the world.

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  1. crusader says:

    A couple years ago there was much fanfare when the Puyallups held a press conference on to announce a severl hundred thousand dollar gift to the PDZ red wolf exhibit. Last I checked they never gave a dime. But the publicity was fun.

  2. samanthamarten says:

    Are Red Wolves indigenous to this area? I do not think so?? Does Metro Parks have the capacity to care for these animals?

  3. diannekconway says:

    Crusader: you and whoever you checked with have no idea what you are talking about. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians has in fact paid the entirety of its $550,000 donation to the Red Wolf Woods exhibit at the Zoo. Indeed, the Tribe paid it off a year earlier than required — I know because I was there when the last check was presented to the Zoo Society last week. Rather than being the subject of false pot-shots, the Tribe should be commended for its support of this important community asset as well as its support for other community programs and events. As an aside, I note that none of us would be seeing fireworks in Tacoma this week-end but for the Tribe. And no, I am not a tribal member or employee.

  4. gonesailin06 says:

    You go Dianne!! Why should the tribe give anything to anyone. They have been more than kind to us and i salute them on all they do in efforts to support our community and our local ecology.

  5. Thank you to the Puyallup Tribe for their generosity to the community. You have been more than generous.
    What bothers me is that, sometime in the not-too-distant future, MPD is going to use these animals to have another beg-a-thon for funds in the form of bonds or tax increases stating that the zoo is in danger of closure (anyone remember TAT little lie?). Become self sustaining and stop telling us how much more money you “need”.

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