Red Wolves F1397 and M1566

playbuttonLive Cameras: Enclosure Cam | Den Cam

F1397 (“Witch hazel”) came to the Wolf Conservation Center from the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, North Carolina in 2009. In 2010, F1397 and her then-mate M1483 gave birth to two pups, M1803 and M1804. M1804 is currently living the island life off the coast of Florida at the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge and M1803 is our very own Moose! He lives at the WCC with his mate F1563 and their 8 children. 10-year old F1397 now lives with her mate, M1566, who arrived at the Wolf Conservation Center in December 2014. We hope they will make a valuable contribution to the recovery of their rare species by having pups next spring.

Genetic diversity is the primary consideration in the selection of red wolf breeding pairs. The Species Survival Plan (SSP) management group for the red wolf determines which wolves should be bred each year by using software developed for the population management of endangered species. This is necessary because all red wolves descended from just 14 founders rescued from extinction.

We won’t know the outcome of their union until “pup season” in April or May. But in the meantime, tune in to their LIVE webcam and let us know if you see anything interesting!