Red Wolves (scientific name: Canis rufus) are social animals that live in close-knit packs. Typical packs consist of five to eight animals, including a breeding adult pair and their offspring of different years. Older offspring will often assist the breeding pair in raising the pups until they leave the pack or disperse to form their own pack. Wolf packs have specific territories that they will defend against other canids ranging from 20-80 square miles.
- Mostly brown coat
- Black along their backs
- Reddish color on their ears, head and legs
- Wide heads with broad muzzles
- Long slender legs
Red wolves are often found in coastal prairie and marsh habitats but are suited for any habitat in the Southeastern United States. They are currently only found in a protected wildlife reserve in North Carolina in the wild.
Red Wolf 45-80 pounds
- Habitat Loss
Red Wolves are losing a lot of their habitat to farming and urbanization.
Breeding with closely related coyotes has impacted red wolf populations.
- Considered: Critically Endangered