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North Carolina Share Endangered

Red Wolf Pups

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: May 31, 2020 9:54 pm

Photo Credit: North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo has grown their population of the critically endangered red wolf again with the birth of two pups.This litter consisted of two pups which were born on May 4th 2020. Their mother is named Taylor and the father is known as Solo.

These pups are the second litter of red wolves born at North Carolina Zoo in 2020 with the first born on April 21st 2020. This is the first time that the zoo has welcomed two litters in the same year.

North Carolina Zoo chose to honour a former keeper at the zoo, Jessi Culbertson who lost her battle with cancer during 2019, through the naming of these pups. The pups are named Arrow to recognise Jessi’s Native American Cherokee heritage and May for the month in which both the pups and Jessi were born.

Keepers are keeping contact with the pups to a minimum which gives the parents an opportunity to raise them away from stress. They are housed off display in a quiet part of the zoo property.

Photo Credit: North Carolina Zoo

Driven to near extinction in the 1960s the red wolf is still highly threatened with as few as 20 wolves estimated to remain in the wild.

North Carolina Zoo participate in the red wolf breeding program and currently house the second largest pack in a zoo with 27 wolves housed there, more than remain in the wild.

The current zoo population across North America consists of 240 wolves. North Carolina Zoo has bred 13 pups in the last 3 years and 36 since the beginning of the red wolf recovery program in 1994.

As well as being part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service red wolf recovery program the North Carolina Zoo has led the addition of the red wolf to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums SAFE (Saving Species From Extinction) program.

You can learn more about the North Carolina Zoo here – North Carolina Zoo

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