Red Wolf Pups

Red Wolf Pups

It’s two boys and a girl!!
Reflection Riding is excited to announce the birth of three Red Wolf pups born April 15, 2016. The organization has been part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan since 1996 and is one of 43 facilities that house captive Red Wolves. This is the third litter for Reflection Riding with litters born in 2007 and 2011. There are approximately 50 wild Red Wolves left in the world. These wolves live in northeastern North Carolina.

The Red Wolf, which is native to the southeast, is the most endangered mammal in North America and the eighth most endangered mammal in the world. In the early 1960’s, scientists realized the Red Wolf was in trouble and began monitoring its population. By the 1970’s the Red Wolf population migrated to the Texas/Louisiana coast because of natural habitat loss. During the 1970’s scientists captured and held approximately 400 canids believed to carry Red Wolf genes. Through DNA testing they were able to prove that 17 of 400 were Red Wolves. Of the 17 only 14 were strong enough to breed. These 14 were transferred to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington to begin the captive breeding program. At that point in time the Red Wolf was declared extinct in the wild.

In 1987, four pair were released into northeastern North Carolina. This is the first time in history that a canid declared extinct in the wild was restored to its native territory. 2010 saw a high point in the Red Wolf population. At this point there was an estimated 120 Red Wolves living in the wild. Since then the population has declined to an approximately 50 Red Wolves living in the wild. The decline in population is attributed to multiple factors including gunshot mortality and political pressure.

The captive breeding program continues to have a steady population of around 200 Red Wolves. Of the 43 Red Wolf Species Survival Plan program participants, Reflection Riding houses six Red Wolves, making the organization a leading member of the program.

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If you would like to make your donation by check or money order, please mail it to: Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419, Attn: Red Wolf Pup Cam, or for more information email or call 423-821-1160.