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Posted
04/18/11
North Carolina Zoo and the Red Wolf Reintroduction Program
Partner: North Carolina Zoo

Overview

The red wolf is one of the worlds most endangered wild canids. Once common throughout the southeastern United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the 1960s due to intensive predator control programs and loss of habitat. A remnant population of red wolves was found along the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana. After being declared an endangered species in 1973, efforts were initiated to locate and capture as many wild red wolves as possible. Of the 17 remaining wolves captured by biologists, 14 became the founders of a successful captive breeding program.

Last updated: April 18, 2011