Our Symbol: The Red Wolf
The Red Wolf (Canis rufus) is neither as glamorous nor as well known as its cousins, the Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) or the Coyote (C. latrans). The Red Wolf once lived here in the Eastern United States but the extinction of the passenger pigeon and predator elimination programs lead to its eradication from much of the U.S. in the early 1900’s.
Down to only 12 surviving animals in the 1970’s, thanks to captive breeding and education, the Red Wolf is making a comeback. Despite the fact that it once lived in our own backyards most Americans were unaware that the Red Wolf had ever existed while it tottered on the brink of extinction.
The Red Wolf is therefore an emblem, a mascot, of what we have to protect for we will surely lose it, and much more, if we remain unaware of its plight.
The Red Wolf Sanctuary is currently a permanent home for:
10 Grey Wolves (Canis lupus). Currently the grey wolves are in 6 packs with 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, and 2 animals in them. Grey wolves are the largest of the wolves, our largest male weighs near 100 pounds. In cooler weather the wolves usually answer visitors’ howls
0 Red Wolves or Hybrids (Canis rufus x Canis latrans) because they have all passed away.. For us to be able to keep a red wolf we would need to become a zoo. As Red Wolves became scarcer they began to interbreed with coyotes. This hybrid animal threatened the genetic stability of the Red Wolf.