WATCH: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo gets wolves

The female Gray wolf, Stella, takes a sip of water.

Sowetans now have something new to look forward at Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo as it has recently added new members to its animal family just in time for the school holidays. The zoo unveiled its latest additions last week with the Gray wolf perhaps being the greatest attraction.

The zoo brings the world’s animals to the city’s backyard as it has acquired new species from the Republic of Congo, Kenya and the western part of the world. It has acquired two Gray wolves, mangabeys (a monkey subspecies), the Colobus (a monkey subspecies) and a green anaconda.


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Gray wolves are typically found in colder climates and usually remain with one mate for the duration of their lifespan according to the acting head of carnivores, Victor Tshipate.

The zoo hopes to use this to their advantage as they plan on breeding the wolves and all other new species in an effort to keep their animals youthful and full of activity for the foreseeable future.


Acting head of carnivores, Victor Tshipate, gave a brief synopsis of how Gray wolves typically live and hunt.


The wolves entered their new closure for the first time last week and appeared to be taking in their new surroundings and climate. “We are doing enrichment with them because we took them from their natural habitat so we must try by all means to keep them healthy while they are in the zoo,” Tshipate said.

Johannesburg Zoo has successfully kept polar bears, which are also native to colder climates that eventually died of natural causes. MMC of Community Safety and Development, Nonhlanhla Sifumba, urged businesses to adopt the new animals at the zoo.


Community Development MMC, Nonhlanhla Sifumba, outside the mangabey enclosure.


“We implore businesses to adopt these babies this can be done as part of a social responsibility programme. It is a wonderful opportunity to offset the companies’ environmental footprint,’ said Sifumba.

She also added that companies could benefit from using the zoo to host their conferences, team building and strategic meetings as there is a lot to learn about animal behaviour according to her. Sifumba further encouraged Sowetans to go see what more Johannesburg Zoo has to offer.




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