Dublin Zoo received a number of new arrivals very recently, and they’re settling in just fine. These endangered Asiatic wild dogs are called dholes and they were sent all the way from Tierpark Berlin in Germany.
It’s the first time the Dublin Zoo has ever housed this species of wild dog, and there are only around 4,500 – 10,000 of them left in the wild, according to estimations.
There are now six of these amazing canines at Dublin Zoo and they all arrived together, including two six-year-old brothers, a five-and-a-half-year-old brother and another three-year-old brother. So, no dhole babies are expected in the near future but they’re fascinating enough as adults to pique our interest!
Not only is the arrival of these dogs a first for Dublin Zoo, but it’s also a first for Ireland as a whole! These dogs were once widespread across much of Asia but now they can only be found in parts of Thailand, Bangladesh, China and India.
Dublin Zoo is gearing up to receive lots of guests this half term, and there’s nothing more enticing than a new group of endangered species. We bet that there will be plenty of kids and adults alike waiting to see these beautiful canines this month!