Dublin Zoo has announced the arrival of a new species, dholes, also known as Asian wild dogs, for the first time in the zoo’s history.
Five male doles have arrived at Dublin Zoo from Tierpark Berlin and, according to the zoo, the animals are settling in very well in their new habitat.
The dhole pack consists of a pair of six-year-old brothers, a pair of three-year-old brothers, and a five-year-old half-brother.
Dholes were once widespread throughout Central, South and Southeast Asia, but only scattered populations remain in areas such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia , Laos, Malaysia and Thailand.
Dholes are classified as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List due to habitat loss, depletion of prey, and disease transfer by domestic dogs.
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Ciaran McMahon, Team Leader at Dublin Zoo, said: “We are delighted to welcome the dholes to Dublin Zoo.
“It’s the first time we’ve had this species at the zoo, so it’s an exciting time for the whole team.
“We look forward to zoo visitors seeing the dholes and having the opportunity to learn more about this type of wild dog.
“It is estimated that there are between 4,500 and 10,000 dholes left in the wild with declining numbers, so having them in Dublin Zoo as part of a global effort to preserve the species, raise awareness and educate the public about the threats they face in the wild is extremely important.
Dholes can be viewed by visitors in the Asian Forests section of Dublin Zoo.