Wolf sisters call Lake Superior Zoo home

Updated: November 19, 2020 10:42 PM
Created: November 19, 2020 09:52 PM

For the first time since 2015, the Lake Superior Zoo is home to Gray Wolves!

Sisters Shasta, Sierra, and Tehama arrived to Duluth late Tuesday night, all the way from the California Wolf Center. The wolf trio are seven years old, with two brothers currently living at the Oakland Zoo.

Their names are to honor the return of the wolf to California, as they started making a comeback in the wild almost 10 years ago.

Primary Carnivore Keeper, Lizzy Larson says there are a few ways to tell the sisters apart. "Tehama is the one that looks like the typical Gray Wolf kind of thing. Then we have Shasta, and you can tell her apart because she has two different colored eyes. And then Sierra is the largest of the three wolves, and you can tell her apart because she has a scar on her face. What's really neat about that scar, is when she was three months old, she was bit by a rattlesnake and she survived!"

The Lake Superior Zoo spent the summer renovating the wolf enclosure, complete with a new den and swimming pool to explore this summer.

But Friday is the only chance to see these sisters in person, until at least mid-December. With the new COVID-19 restrictions going into place in Minnesota, entertainment venues like zoos will be closing down for the next four weeks.

The Zoo is open Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., be sure to take advantage of the one and only day to meet the region's newest furry friends!

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