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Red Wolf Karma

American Red Wolf

Canis rufus

Appearance: Red Wolves are much leaner than their gray wolf cousins, and they may even look like a domestic German Shepherd dog at first glance. Their coats are mostly brown or buff with a rust color along their capes and on the backs of their legs. The Red Wolf is between the size of a gray wolf and a coyote, weighing anywhere between 45 and 80 pounds.

Range: Red Wolves are known to exist in only one location outside of human care- the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina. In the late 1980s, 14 Red Wolves were released in the refuge from a surviving un-hybridized population found along eastern Texas. Until recently, this wild population on the North Carolina coast was successfully growing, but due to human intervention and coyote hybridization, the wild population now contains less than 50 individuals. Due to their small numbers, little is known about their true habits. Red Wolves’ preferred habitats include large amounts of upland and swamp forests with thick cover.

Diet: The majority of their food consists of small mammals, rodents, birds, and white-tailed deer

Oak

Oak the red wolf

Date of Birth: April 2020

Oak was born at the NC Zoo in Asheboro in April 2020 before making the journey across the state to the WNC Nature Center in November 2022. The WNC Nature Center is part of a breeding and management program known as the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP). Developed by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the SSP helps preserve genetic diversity of this critically endangered species and ensure the long-term sustainability of zoo-based animal populations.

Gloria

Gloria the Red Wolf

Date of Birth: April 2019

Gloria was born in April 2019 and came from the Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri. She can be distinguished from her male counterpart by her shorter tail; the tip of her right ear is also missing. 


In late April 2023, a litter of critically endangered Red Wolf puppies were born at the WNC Nature Center! These pups are on habitat with their parents and are visible to the public. 

Meet our other animals

American Black Bear

American Black Bear

Generally shy and reclusive animals, black bears avoid human contact and are not normally aggressive. Two black bears, Uno and Ursa, live at the Nature Center.

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American Pygmy Goat

American Pygmy Goat

Similar to the Nigerian dwarf goat, the American pygmy is a small goat that only reaches 1-2 feet in height. They vary widely in coloration including white, tan, caramel, gray, and black.

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Red Wolf Karma

American Red Wolf

Red wolves are highly endangered species that has been eliminated from almost all of its natural range. Our breeding pair of red wolves, Oak and Gloria, are part of the AZA Species Survival Plan.

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