8 red wolves released into wild provide hope for critically endangered species

01-red-wolf A red wolf named Ruby at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center in Tennessee. Each year biologists meet to discuss possible wolf matches for the upcoming breeding season. With a limited gene pool of 14 founders, it’s critical to diversify the species’ genetics. Photograph by Jessica Suarez

The world’s only wild population of red wolves just got eight more members. Four adult red wolves and four captive-born pups were released into a wildlife refuge in eastern North Carolina, raising hopes that this unique species can be pulled back from the brink of extinction—for the second time.

Red wolves are a critically endangered species, found nowhere else in the world but North Carolina, and their range includes two wildlife refuges and a patchwork of federal, state, and private lands. The total wild population is now estimated at around 20 to 25 animals, counting the eight animals just released… Read more about the worlds last red wolfs in link below…

https://api.nationalgeographic.com/distribution/public/amp/animals/article/red-wolves-released-wild-north-carolina-hope-for-species

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