Red Wolf – Canus Rufus
Habitat: Red wolves once inhabited swamps and forests throughout the southeastern United States. Today, wild red wolves are found only in eastern North Carolina, at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding lands.
Adaptations: Red wolves get their name from the reddish-brown color of their coats. Their ears are tall and pointed and they have long legs with big feet. They are about 26 inches tall and, when full grown, they are about four-and-a-half feet long. Adults weigh anywhere from 45-80 pounds, with males often being heavier than females.
Diet: Red wolves eat rabbits, raccoons, nutria and deer.
Fun Fact: Red wolves live in packs, usually made up of one breeding pair and their offspring. They are primarily active at dawn and dusk.