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Red Wolf

Last year, the Salisbury Zoo received a four-year old male red wolf named “Scout” from the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Montana.  Since 1967, the red wolf has been designated as one of the world’s most endangered dog-like mammals, going almost extinct in the wild due to excessive hunting, trapping, and the destruction of the red wolf’s natural habitat.

Historically, red wolves were found throughout the entire eastern and south-central regions of the United States; including our own backyards’ on the Maryland Eastern Shore!  Compared to other wolves, like the popular grey wolf and timber wolf, the red wolf is typically only about half their size, weighing between 50 to 80 pounds.  Red wolves are known for specific features such as their wide heads and broad muzzles, tall pointed ears, long slender legs, and their reddish-brown coats giving them the name the “Red-wolf”.

In efforts to preserve this endangered species of wolf, the Salisbury Zoo has joined the Red Wolf Species Survival Program, helping to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population of wolves for breeding nationwide.  Thanks to the hard work of these organizations and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the red wolf’s population has gradually risen from near extinction to well over 200 red wolves both in captivity and out in the wild!