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Busch Gardens wolf pups explore new habitat

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Posted at 2:18 PM, Aug 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-09 14:18:59-04

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – According to a press release from Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the 3-month-old wolf pack made its public debut Friday, Aug. 3, 2012.

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The pups were able to explore their new habitat in the park’s Wolf Valley. The valley is a naturally landscaped habitat featuring logs, a flowing stream and naturally growing vegetation. A bridge overlooking the valley offers guests a bird’s eye view of the wolves as they explore their new surroundings. 

“Boise, Kaya and Beo seem right at home in Wolf Valley. They are exploring and seem unaware of their celebrity status,” said Jay Tacey, Busch Gardens’ manager of zoological operations. 

Beo and Kaya are siblings, and arrived at Busch Gardens in early June from a private facility in Montana. The brother and sister each have a black coat. Their pack mate, Boise, has lighter coloration. He was found wandering along the side of a road in central Idaho. The three pack mates have been inseparable since late June when Boise was introduced to the pack. 

“The young pack mates are getting along and adjusting very well,” Tacey said then. “They are playing and discovering their new home.” 

The wolves will eventually be incorporated into one of the park’s established wolf packs. Until then, a German short-haired pointer named Mia is serving the role of pack leader and ensuring the pups remain submissive until they are transitioned into the larger pack. 

Once integrated into a pack, the young wolves will help teach park guests about the important role wolves and other apex predators play in the wild. Daily stage productions and interactive training opportunities let Busch Gardens’ guests experience the power and agility of these animals while they learn about the company’s wildlife conservation efforts and ways they can help. 

Learn more about wolves and Busch Gardens’ other animal ambassadors by visitingwww.buschgardensvablog.com.