Picture of the Week: Pink Wolf, WNC Nature Heart


With a wild inhabitants of lower than 100 people dwelling close to the coast of North Carolina, the crimson wolf (Canis rufus) is among the most endangered canids on this planet. A Species Survival Plan (SSP) captive breeding program was conceived for the restoration of this endangered wolf. One of many services that takes half on this restoration program is the WNC Nature Heart in Asheville, North Carolina.

The WNC Nature Center is the home of seven endangered red wolves
The WNC Nature Heart is  residence to seven endangered crimson wolves

On April 28, 2023 9 crimson wolf pups have been born to Oak and Gloria, two three-year outdated wolves. The pups must be popping out of their den and begin exploring their enclosure quickly (they may be out already) so everytime you go to Asheville, ensure that so as to add the Nature Heart to see the crimson wolves!

The crimson wolf within the picture is Mayo, a crimson wolf that was on the Heart again after I was volunteering. In 2012 she gave beginning to a litter of 4 puppies (two females and two males). This not solely brings pleasure and smiles to guests of the WNC Nature Heart however these puppies make an enormous contribution to the gene pool of this critically endangered species.

Seeing a crimson wolf within the wild isn’t just troublesome; it’s almost not possible. Very not often, a customer does catch a glimpse of 1 within the Alligator River Nationwide Wildlife Refuge. Your finest probability is to go to a zoo or nature middle that participates within the crimson wolf captive breeding program. Pink Wolf Coalition has a listing of the 42 authorized services within the U.S. the place crimson wolves might be visited.


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Cristina Garcia

Zoologist and wildlife photographer. She has labored within the area with jackals, wolves, cheetahs, & leopards. She serves on the Board of Administrators of SEE Turtles, a non-profit sea turtle conservation group.

Learn her posts at Journey For Wildlife and see extra of her work at Really Wild, & Our Wild Yard.


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