Dr. Chloe Wilde Blog 9/14/2022
In 1980, the red wolf was declared extinct in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Since then, the red wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) has worked hard to breed and preserve genetically pure red wolves in hopes of being able to release them into the wild. Just 25 years ago, on September 14, 1987, eight captive born red wolves were released into the wilds of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.
On the 25th anniversary of their release, there is approximately 20 individual red wolves that can be found living in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. There are now more than 200 red wolves that are part of the red wolf SSP, living in captivity in 50 facilities around the country. Carolina Tiger Rescue was the 50th facility to join the red wolf SSP and is currently home to two female red wolves, Caroline and Mist.