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FACTS & PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
The red wolf (Canis rufus) is another wolf species in North America apart from the gray wolf. The red wolf is critically endangered; with only 11 individuals remaining in the wild. Red wolves weigh about 45-80 pounds and approximately 4 feet in length. Their diet comprises of primarily white-tailed deer, rabbits, and other small rodents.
Red wolves are classified as critically endangered species; they are a part of what is called the Species Survival Plan (SSP). It is a captive breeding program that releases imperiled species to the wild to restore and protect their species. Red wolves became a part of this recovery effort in 1984. The red wolf was once common throughout Texas and Louisiana, but were declared extinct in the 1980s.
THREATS & CONSERVATION
Red wolves still suffer threats, especially before the laws that protected them were applied. Their main threats include habitat loss, illegal poaching, and vehicle strikes. Red wolves released to Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina are legally protected in that designated location. Many zoos and wildlife/wolf conservation organizations are taking part in helping conserve the red wolf through the SSP.
Credit: Wolf Conservation Center
Our institute is forever dedicated to defending these essential animals. With a mere 11 red wolves remaining in the wild, extinction is very possible. Our team has launched a petition that would promote the reintroduction of their species in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina.