Research at Reflection riding


Research is a key element for Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.  With our partners in science and research, we have ongoing research projects that both expand our scientific knowledge, but also provide opportunities for education.


The Red Wolf Project

With less than 45 individuals in the wild, Red Wolves are critically endangered.  These magnificent canines, a distinct wolf species, are ranked 8th in the world in terms of their potential for extinction.  They are only found in the United States.  In addition to the loss of habitat, the greatest threat to wolves in the wild comes from human activity, primarily gunshot and vehicles.

By 1980, Red Wolves were declared extinct in the wild.  The 14 known wild Red Wolves were captured and relocated to a breeding program in Tacoma, WA.  Today, about 216 live in captive breeding facilities across the country, including the Red Wolf Project at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center in Chattanooga, TN.  Many consider the Red Wolf Recovery Program to be one of the most successful conservation initiatives ever undertaken.  In addition to growing the total number ten-fold, Red Wolves have been reintroduced to the wild.  Some of those introduced adults have successfully brought wild Red Wolf pups into the world.


If you are a researcher or a student who has a research project that involves conservation, bilology, wildlife management, or other appropriate topics, consider Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.  Our staff is eager to assist with your research needs.

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