Potter Park Zoo Says Goodbye To 15-Year-Old Gray Wolf Bella

Bella, a 15-year-old female gray wolf at Potter Park Zoo, passed away yesterday following age-related health issues.

“We are sad to see Bella pass, but are fortunate to know she lived far beyond her life expectancy and received excellent care with us at Potter Park Zoo,” said Sherrie Graham, Executive Director at Potter Park Zoo. “Bella had a wonderful life and she will surely be missed.”

Bella arrived at the zoo April 10, 2009, and has shared a habitat with fellow female gray wolf, Tala, who arrived at Potter Park Zoo in 2012 from New York. Bella came from Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake Minnesota.

“Everyone here at Potter Park Zoo is sad to see Bella pass, she had become a favorite of staff and zoo visitors,” said Cynthia Wagner, Animal Curator at Potter Park Zoo. “We are thankful Bella was able to be part of Potter Park Zoo and look forward to bringing in a young wolf soon.”

The gray wolf, also known as the timber wolf, is the most endangered wolf in North America according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Gray Wolf Species Survival Plan Program manage more than 340 individuals at 47 AZA-accredited institutions, including Potter Park Zoo. Potter Park Zoo is proud to play a role in the conservation of these animals nationwide.