Red Wolf

Critically Endangered

Characteristic. About wolves

Smaller and ruddier in color than their gray wolf cousins, the red wolf is one of the most endangered canids in the world. Red wolves are named for their 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.

Scientific Name: Canis Lupus Rufus

Type: Mammal

Size (L): 95cm - 120cm (37in - 47in)

Weight: 18kg - 41kg (40lbs - 90lbs)

Top Speed: 75km/h (46mph)

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Habitat and Range

Equally at home in forests, swamps, and coastal prairies, red wolves can thrive in a wide range of habitats.

Historically the red wolf ranged from southeastern Texas to central Pennsylvania. Today the only place red wolves can be found in the wild is in eastern North Carolina Albemarle Peninsula.


The red wolf is a very sociable animal, living in pack with a number of other red wolf. Red wolf packs usually contain between 2 and 10 members. The red wolf is also a territorial animall with the pack guarding it's range from other red wolf packs in the area.

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Wolves prey on small ungulates (for example: deer, roe deer, wild boars, mountain goats). Hunters also catch lagomorphs, different rodents, which are found in their way. In summer

Red Wolves also eat some of the herbs

Population status

Red Wolf is in the IUCN Red List with the status of endangered species. The reasons of its numbers have not been studied. Presumably, it played the role of an ordinary gray wolf as the main competitor and enemy of the red wolf, as well as the depletion of food resources. Nevertheless, the red wolf is still considered to be a critically endangered animal and is regarded as the 10th most endangered animal species in the world.

American Pride - The Red Wolf