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Wolves are caring. Wolves are cooperative. Wolves show compassion.

Soyez comme un loup. 

Our New Year’s resolution: To show as much love and kindness towards others as these red wolves show one another. After all, when it comes to wolves it’s all about family.

Beyond being super sweet, these wolf’s kisses and grooming efforts are gestures of intimacy – they reaffirm the unique emotional bonds that shape the foundation of the family. For wolves, family is everything.

Red Wolves Need Our Love

While the Wolf Conservation Center has been a vocal and visible advocate in trying to protect and preserve critically endangered red wolves, the center is also active in physically safeguarding representatives of the rare species that have been entrusted to its care.

Le WCC est l'une des 43 installations aux États-Unis participant au Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) - un programme d'élevage et de gestion dont l'objectif principal est de soutenir le rétablissement des loups rouges dans la nature par l'élevage en captivité, l'éducation du public et la recherche. .

Red wolves, native to the southeastern United States, were almost driven to extinction by intensive predator control programs and habitat loss. In 1980, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) captured the last wild red wolves (just 14 animals) and declared the species extinct in the wild.

En 1987, l'USFWS a relâché les premiers loups rouges captifs dans le refuge national de faune d'Alligator River en Caroline du Nord dans le cadre d'un programme fédéral de réintroduction sous l'égide de la loi sur les espèces en voie de disparition.

Although the red wolf recovery program once served as a model for successful recovery of wolves, political barriers and consistent mismanagement by the USFWS have seriously threatened the continued existence of this highly imperiled species. In its most recent proposal announced in September of 2016, the agency called to remove most of the last wild red wolves to put them in captivity.

Beyond effectively undermining decades of wild red wolf recovery, scientists warn that USFWS’s proposal “will no doubt result in the extinction of red wolves in the wild.”

Current estimates put the wild population at the lowest level in decades, down from 130 a few years ago to just 11 known wolves today.

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