For the first time in forty years wolves were on view at Dublin Zoo in 1985.

RTÉ News reports on the four month old Timber Wolves, two males and two females, who will not be fully grown for at least a year.  The new arrivals to the zoo will not produce their own litters for at least a couple of years. Any pups that are born will be sent to the English Wildlife Park who donated the pack to Dublin Zoo.

Wolves at Dublin Zoo (1985)
Wolves at Dublin Zoo (1985)

Although native to Ireland, wolves were wiped out by farmers because of the threat they posed to flocks of sheep. The last recorded wolf in Ireland was killed in County Carlow in 1786.  

Despite their fearsome reputation they seldom attack human beings.

Zoo keeper Gerry Creighton spoke to Colm Connolly for RTÉ News about the dangers of the wolves.

An RTÉ News report by Colm Connolly broadcast on 16 August 1985.