Looking for something new to do or see while the kids are on winter break?
No matter how many times you've been to the Minnesota Zoo, starting Friday you and your family can see a new exhibit of Asian wild dogs, called dholes (pronounced "dohlz").
The zoo is the third in the U.S. to exhibit the animals, according to a news release.
The endangered dhole is found in China, India, Russia and Thailand; about 2,500 are left in the wild, the release says. The growth of Asia's human population contributes to their endangered status, causing habitat loss and lack of prey, as well as disease.
More information about dholes is available on the Minnesota Zoo website. You can check out more photos on the zoo's Facebook page.
The Minnesota Zoo is open normal hours throughout the new year's holiday and into 2012—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.