Wolf, Red

Wolf, Red

Canis rufus

Vital Statistics

Height:

2 feet

Weight:

Male: 60 - 80 lbs; Female: 40 - 60 lbs

Diet:

Canine feed, which is a high protein dried food

Conservation:

Status: Endangered

Geographic Region

Originally roamed from Pennsylvania to Texas. Now they can only be found in the coastal prairie and marsh areas of northeastern North Carolina

At The Zoo

North America

Did You Know?

Red wolves were listed as Extinct in the Wild by 1980. Through the collaboration of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Red Wolf Species Survival Plan® (SSP), the last 14 remaining wild red wolves were brought into zoos to establish a captive breeding program with the primary objective of forming the foundation of a wild population through reintroduction back to the wild.

SSP’s are cooperative species population management and conservation programs undertaken for threatened or endangered animals by AZA member institutions. The goal of this SSP and all Species Survival Plans® is to build and maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of these partner facilities across the United States, the captive red wolf population has once again risen steadily to nearly 250 wolves!