Detroit Zoo: All about the new wolf exhibit

The Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness at the Detroit Zoo is now open for visitors.

The two-acre naturalistic habitat is home to two gray wolves, a 7-year-old female named Waziyata and a 5-year-old male named Kaskapahtew. The wolves are Canadian born and arrived from the Minnesotta Zoo earlier this year. 

Waziyata, who is called Wazi for short, means "north" in Lakota. Kaskapahtew, whose nickname is Kaska, means "smoke" in Cree. These two are very easy to tell apart as Wazi has a snowy white coat and Kaska has a jet black coat. The possibility of breeding exists for Wazi and Kaska, and we remain hopeful they will produce pups.

Their habitat features grassy hills and meadows, native Michigan trees, a flowing stream and pond, dens and elevated rock outcroppings that allow them to survey their surroundings. 

Visitors can see the wolves from many vantage points, including the historic Log Cabin which features an observation area with expansive glass viewing windows.

Also inside the Log Cabin, guests can view a National Geographic photo exhibition called, "The Hidden Life of Wolves". The exhibition includes 21 images by the award-winning filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher. These photographs are intended to dismiss the myths about wolves and to educate the visitors about the importance of protecting them. 

The exhibition is on display now through October 24, and is free with Zoo admission. 

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