Red Wolf

Red Wolf

Red Wolf
Canis rufus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Canidae

Range

Eastern United States


Habitat

Wetlands, forests and mountainous areas


Diet

Raccoons, rabbits, deer, and rodents

Weight

Avg. 50 - 80 lbs.

Length

5 ft.

Height

26 in. (at shoulder)

Gestation

About 9 weeks

Young

1 - 9 pups

IUCN Status

Critically Endangered

Facts

  • Red wolves are social animals that live in packs consisting of a breeding adult pair and their offspring of different years, typically five to eight animals.
  • Each pack occupies a distinct territory, with the wolves using scents, urine and feces to mark boundaries.
  • Most active at dusk and dawn, red wolves are elusive and generally avoid humans and human activity.
  • Red wolves have been successfully released into the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, the first-ever restoration of an officially extinct species back into the wild.

 

Conservation

By 1980, the red wolf was declared extinct in the wild, while only a small number of wolves remained in captivity.

Through a captive breeding program, the red wolf population has grown exponentially from 14 to over 250, and wolves have even been reintroduced into the wild.

The main threats to the red wolf are loss of habitat, interbreeding with the coyote, vehicle mortality, and persecution by humans.

Critically Endangered

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Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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