Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center has been a member of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (RWSSP) since 1996. The mission of this initiative is the revival of the population of Red Wolves—the 8th most endangered animal in the world.
- Currently, there are approximately 200 wolves in captivity at 43 facilities, and 100 wolves in the wild in northeastern North Carolina and at one island site in Florida
- The RWSSP’s goal is to reach a sustainable number—550 wolves.
Reflection Riding is one of the top five facilities in the RWSSP, with the largest quantity of Red Wolves. We are also a breeding facility and often house breeding pairs. We have birthed a total of 7 pups to date.
“To be entrusted with the Red Wolves means that our level of care and expertise are top-notch,” says Tish Gailmard, Reflection Riding’s Wildlife Curator.
“I am a member of the RWSSP advisory committee. Among many other things, we have helped with placement decisions, literature and website content, and admission to the program for other facilities.”
“This apex predator is a very important part of our ecosystem and so worthy of protection. We almost lost the Red Wolf to extinction in 1980. They are back from the brink, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
“To be part of this program and a part of the individual lives of the Red Wolves that come through our facility is truly an honor. We have earned the distinction, and can be justly proud to participate.”
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For more information visit the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan Official Website.