North Carolina Zoo Welcomes Second Litter of Rare Red Wolf Pups This Year

Every American red wolf birth is cause for celebrations since there are only 15-20 American red wolves left in the wild, according to the zoo, and all of them live in eastern North Carolina.

“It’s really a testament to the staff’s dedication, teamwork, and passion toward helping one of the most endangered canids in the world,” Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources, said of the zoo's new litters.

American red wolves, once common throughout the southeastern United States, were driven to the brink of extinction in the 1960s. Thanks to aggressive conservation efforts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and zoos across the country, American red wolf populations in the wild and in captivity are growing.

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