RED WOLF

(Canis lupus rufus)

APPEARANCE

The red wolf is generally smaller in size than the grey wolf, found in more northern parts of North America. Red wolves are named for their cinnamon coloured fur, which is brownish-red with dark patches on their backs. Red wolves also have broad noses and large looking ears for the size of their head.

The red wolf is a medium sized species of wolf, found in the coastal marshlands of southern parts of eastern North America. By the 1970s the pure red wolf was thought to be extinct in the wild, but a population has since been reintroduced in North Carolina that is said to now be up to 100 red wolf individuals.

HABITAT

The red wolf was roamed across the south-eastern United States from Texas to Florida to New York. The red wolf's historical habitat included areas of forest, swampland and coastal prairies where it would of been one of the top predators. Today, the world's red wolf population is confined to a protected area in North Carolina.

Other Inforamation

Color:

The color of the animal's coat or markings are

Red, Grey, Black, Brown, White

Skin type:

The protective layer of the animal is Fur

Favorite Food:

Deer

Habitat:

Coastal prairie and marshland

Average Litter:

The average number of babies born at once is 5

Main Prey:

Deer, Rodents, Raccoons

Predators:

Wolves, Coyotes, Humans

Destinctive Features:

Reddish fur and thin white legs

ENDANGERED INFO

  • *The red wolf was declared extinct in the wild in 1980, but fortunately a captive breeding program enabled the species to be reintroduced.
  • *As of 2010, the reintroduced population of red wolves was thought to total around 130 individuals.
  • *Breeding pairs of red wolves mate for life, and typically live in small packs with their offspring.