Red Wolves Are Endangered! Learn How to Help Them During Explore the Wild: Red Wolves
The Museum of Life and Science is one of the top family destinations in North Carolina. The museum strives to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young children to senior citizens, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. Join the Museum of Life and Science this weekend to learn all about Red Wolves at the Explore the Wild exhibit!
Explore the Wild: Red Wolves will place you face-to-face with the Museum’s wolf habitat. The habitat features two red wolves, which serve as important ambassadors for the Red Wolf Species Survival Program. A pool with a waterfall and a covered den provide spaces for cooling off and relaxing while a rock quarry wall provides a naturalistic backdrop and vertical climbing challenge. Visitor-controlled cameras allow for an up-close look at wolf behavior inside and outside of the den.
Once a top predator throughout the southeastern United States, the red wolf is now categorized as critically endangered. To protect the remaining red wolf population, a managed breeding program was established in 1973 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The success of this breeding program led to the reintroduction of red wolves to North Carolina’s Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in 1987. Red wolves now inhabit a five-county area in northeastern North Carolina and although their numbers have grown, gunshot, vehicle strikes, and habitat loss continue to threaten their survival. The red wolf is one of our planet’s most endangered species.
The red wolves living at the Museum are a part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP), a collection of zoos and nature centers around the United States that are committed to the conservation of red wolves. The SSPs make breeding and non-breeding recommendations to ensure genetic diversity and work on projects that involve education, veterinary care, and field research. SSP facilities and breeding programs are essential to the long-term diversity and stability of red wolves.
Want to learn more about what it’s like to care for the endangered red wolf? Visit the Museum of Life and Science’s Explore the Wild: Red Wolves exhibit to find out! Admission prices will vary. For tickets and more information, visit www.lifeandscience.org.
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Sunday, December 29, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Museum of Life and Science
433 West Murray Avenue
Durham, North Carolina 27704