Welcome, Arken! New maned wolf at Hellabrunn Zoo

Henry, the maned wolf, now has a new companion: Arken recently arrived in Munich from Nordens Ark zoo in Hunnebostrand, Sweden.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

The maned wolf originates from South America where it inhabits the grasslands, especially in Brazil. But Henry and his new companion Arken obviously also enjoy the wintry Munich sunshine. "Arken settled into his new home without any problem and so far it appears the two maned wolves are getting along quite well," says Carsten Zehrer, curator and biologist at Hellabrunn Zoo. The maned wolf derives its name from its distinctive black mane which stands out on its reddish-brown fur. Its natural habitat is increasingly shrinking as more and more swathes of land in South America are being cleared for cattle ranching. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the maned wolf is classified as near threatened.

Arken was particularly popular with visitors in Sweden. His mother died shortly after he was born and so Arken and his sister were raised by their father. Apart from feeding, which was done by the keepers, the father took care of everything else. "This is very unusual in zoo environment. We are therefore all the more delighted to welcome Arken to Munich," adds Zehrer.

Visitors can see Henry and Arken from 9 am to 5 pm daily at Hellabrunn Zoo. The maned wolf enclosure is located opposite the aviary, next to the South America enclosure.