ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Zoo is getting $500,000 toward the development of a wolf habitat opening in 2015.
The zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak says Friday the donation comes from the Cotton family, which includes Meridian Health Plan founders David and Shery Cotton.
Construction will begin this year. The design will include grassy meadows, trees, a flowing stream and pond, wolf dens and elevated rock outcroppings from which the wolves can survey their surroundings and zoo visitors.
The Cottons, along with sons Sean, Jon and Michael, also donated the lead gift for the development of the Cotton Family Wetlands and Boardwalk.
In 1952, the Detroit Zoo sent four wolves to Isle Royale to be released as part of a program to help re-establish the species.