- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - Construction is underway on a wolf sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo.

When finished, the Cotton Family wolf habitat will include grassy meadows, trees, a stream and pond, wolf dens and elevated rock outcroppings from which the wolves can survey their surroundings and zoo visitors.

The 2-acre sanctuary will be located in the southwest corner of the zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak.

It’s set to open next year and is possible thanks to a $500,000 donation from the Cotton family, which includes Meridian Health Plan founders David and Shery Cotton.

In 1952, the Detroit Zoo sent four wolves to Isle Royale in the Upper Peninsula to be released as part of a program to help re-establish the species.




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