Featured Species

The refuge was created to protect wetlands and wildlife, including migratory birds and endangered species. The refuge is home to one of the highest densities of American black bear ever recorded. In addition, the refuge is the site of the reintroduction of the endangered red wolf, which was formerly extinct in the wild. The diverse habitats of the refuge are home to more than 250 species of birds, including thousands of wintering swans, geese, and ducks that forage in the refuge farm fields.

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A large reptile basking in the sun on a log over still water surrounded by green vegetation

The American alligator is a large, semi-aquatic, armored reptile that is related to crocodiles. Their body alone ranges from 6 - 14 feet long. Almost black in color, the it has prominent eyes and nostrils with coarse scales over the entire body. It has a large, long head with visible upper teeth...

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Side view of a red wolf, showing head and shoulders

As their name suggests, red wolves are known for the characteristic reddish color of their fur most apparent behind the ears and along the neck and legs, but are mostly brown and buff colored with some black along their backs. Intermediate in size to gray wolves and coyotes, the average adult...

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