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In addition to allowing guests additional upclose viewing of these animals, Wolf Valley also provides the wolves with new enrichment activities for mental and physical stimulation. The wolves are given opportunities to fi nd hidden enrichment items, swim in the pools and interact with trainers stationed on the viewing decks with guests. The park’s zoo team looks forward to seeing many new behaviors from the wolves and is currently developing a guest presentation for the new habitat distinct from the Wolf Haven shows.

In addition to the newly expanded wolf habitat, Busch Gardens has created a new environment for its bald eagles. Through a partnership with the World Bird Sanctuary, the park has exhibited eagles for many years. All of the eagles cared for at Busch Gardens Williamsburg were injured in the wild. Although rescued and rehabilitated, these animals would not be able to survive if released and serve as inspiring ambassadors for their species.

Eagle Ridge offers these majestic birds more than 3,000 square feet of land, featuring a stream, native trees and shrubs, providing guests superb viewing of America’s national symbol. An audio overview educates guests on the eagles’ heritage and status in the wild.

Eagle Ridge and Wolf Valley, both enhancements to the popular Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve, offer wolves and bald eagles a new home to roam at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

A New Home to Roam at
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
By Rob Yordi, Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has created Wolf Valley – a new guest viewing area for the park’s gray wolves.

During the past four seasons, guests have experienced these amazing animals up-close during daily educational presentations at Wolf Haven in Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve. Guest feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with many sharing their desire to see more of the wolves.

Wolf Valley, the newly expanded habitat, allows guests to see these magnifi cent gray wolves in a naturalistic setting. Encompassing more than 8,000 square feet, Wolf Valley features wooded terrain, rolling hills, streams and ponds. Large fallen trees and numerous boulders dot the landscape, along with a covered den for shelter.

Construction started in December 2004. Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s zoological team began introducing the wolves to their new environment in early April.The park has three wolf pairs, also called packs. The park’s zoo staff worked slowly with each wolf so they could familiarize themselves with the new habitat at their own pace. Wolf Valley can accommodate one pack of gray wolves daily from dawn until dusk. The two remaining pairs of wolves are viewable from Wolf Haven and during the educationalpresentations . Once fully acclimated to the new environment, two or more pairs may explore Wolf Valley together.