Red Wolf

(canis rufus)

endangered, native to U.S.

Most active at dawn and dusk. It lives in discrete packs, which have an exclusive teritory within their home range. The breeding season occurs between January and March, and dens are located amongst dense vegetation, in deep burrows between fields or in canal banks, or in the hollows of large trees. Litters contain an average of three to six pups.

Description

The coat is a cinnamon or tawny red with grey and black touches, the back tends to be dark and the tail has a black tip. Red wolves are smaller than their relative, the grey wolf (Canis lupus), and have longer legs and shorter fur. Males are typically larger than females

Conservation

Despite the ongoing debate as to the species status of the red wolf, the recovery program started by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is one of the most successful large mammal conservation effort.

Cute Fact

A pack typically contains a breeding pair (who mate for life). AWWWWWWWWWWWW.