Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center today announces programming and public education opportunities during Wolf Awareness Week, October 21-26, 2019.
Citizens interested in helping expand the reach of Wolf Awareness Week are encouraged to join the “Chrysalis Crew,” a dedicated group of social media ambassadors helping us spread the message through word of mouth. To join, simply text REFLECTION to 77222 for more information. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to end
“Wolf Awareness Week gives us all an opportunity to reflect on the state of the all-American but critically endangered red wolf. This majestic creature used to roam throughout Hamilton County but was sadly misunderstood by our ancestors and ultimately we hunted it to extinction in this part of the country,” explains Tish Gailmard, Director of Wildlife at Reflection.
The American Red Wolf is the most endangered canid in the world with approximately 20 individuals in one wild recovery area in northeastern North Carolina and a captive population of approximately 256 among 41 participating institutions. The American Red Wolf population began declining over many years from predator control programs, human interactions, and habitat loss. In 1980, the American Red Wolf was declared extinct in the wild. In 1987, through captive breeding efforts, the American Red Wolf was re-established in the wild.
Right here in Chattanooga, visitors can observe red wolves in captivity at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, located at 400 Garden Road in Lookout Valley. Every Saturday (outside of breeding season in mid-winter), nature center wildlife care experts give a brief overview of the red wolf breeding program. Visitors who preregister online at reflectionriding.org have the opportunity to throw meat to the wolves, virtually guaranteeing a sighting of these endangered canids. Currently, the program begins at 11:15 am but times change during the year. Interested visitors should refer to the website before planning a visit.
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To kick off #WolfAwarenessWeek, we're offering this awesome new "Save the Red Wolf" tote bag. Link in bio. Ditch the plastic and show your support for our wolves with this great new bag. You have two weeks to shop. Thanks to @lostartdesign founder Chris Lykins for donating this awesome graphic.