New leaders of the pack!

One of a pack of four Iberian Wolves to be installed at Blackpool Zoo for its new attraction.

One of a pack of four Iberian Wolves to be installed at Blackpool Zoo for its new attraction.

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A NEW £500,000 enclosure is set to be unveiled at Blackpool Zoo.

The mayoress of Blackpool Julia Massey and Coun John Jones will officially open Wolf Ridge, which is home to a pack of four Iberian Wolves at 10am on Wednesday.

Parents Diago and Dora have already moved in to the East Park Drive attraction with daughters Reina and Diamante, who were given names with a regal ring in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

Reina, which is Spanish for Queen and Diamante, which means Diamond, can be seen, along with their parents, from a specially elevated walkway which has been built to overlook the spacious paddock and huge wolf den.

It is the first time Blackpool Zoo has housed any wolf species and keepers visited zoos across the country to plan the enclosure and prepare for the arrival of the pack.

Jude Rothwell, marketing and PR co-ordinator at Blackpool Zoo, said: “We are delighted to be introducing wolves to our ever expanding list of residents and when we found out the two cubs were yet to be named we wanted to ensure they had a royal ring to them.

“As Iberian Wolves hail from the forest and plains of northern Portugal and north western Spain we wanted to give them Spanish names but with a nod to the momentous time when they arrived in Blackpool.

“After giving them a few weeks to settle in we are now officially opening Wolf Ridge and everyone is looking forward to hearing what our visitors think of our new arrivals.”