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Red Wolves of the Alligator River


Red Wolf Breeding and Reintroduction Program
Listed as critically endangered, the red wolf is one of the most threatened canids in the world. While they once had an extensive range across the southeastern US, by 1980 they were considered to be extinct in the wild due to hunting and habitat destruction. In an effort to save the few remaining red wolves, a captive breeding program was initiated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The North Carolina Zoo was one of the institutions that helped to establish the captive population. Red wolves from the breeding program were successfully reintroduced to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina and currently occupy 1.7 million acres of land known as the Red Wolf Recovery Area. As of 2013, the red wolf population in the recovery area is growing, with 70 known individuals comprising 14 packs and 12 breeding pairs. The North Carolina Zoo maintains a pack of red wolves and continues to be actively involved in the breeding program. Several wolves from the Zoo have been reintroduced into Alligator River and now live in the wild. The Zoo's Red Wolf habitat has two red wolves which act as important ambassadors for the red wolf recovery program.

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Cross River Gorillas

Tracking Elephants from Space

Vultures of Southern Tanzania

Hellbender Salamander

Red Wolves of the Alligator River

SMART Conservation and Ranger Training

U.N.I.T.E. Conservation Education

Chimpanzee Conservation

Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative

Crane Conservation

Endangered Monkeys of Bioko

Mobile Bat Detector

Ostrich Recovery Project

Polar Bear Conservation

Protecting Endangered Pacific Birds

Rothschild’s Giraffe Project

Tools for Monitoring Carnivores

Saving Species>


Cross River Gorillas

Tracking Elephants from Space

Vultures of Southern Tanzania

Hellbender Salamander

Red Wolves of the Alligator River

SMART Conservation and Ranger Training

U.N.I.T.E. Conservation Education

Chimpanzee Conservation

Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative

Crane Conservation

Endangered Monkeys of Bioko

Mobile Bat Detector

Ostrich Recovery Project

Polar Bear Conservation

Protecting Endangered Pacific Birds

Rothschild’s Giraffe Project

Tools for Monitoring Carnivores