UNTAMED SCIENCE: Red Wolves
Want to know more about red wolves? Here is a video about one of the most endangered canine species!
you hear your nighttime, huh? Are you kidding me? Yeah. Whoa. Got it. If I was to ask you to describe the American wolf, I'm pretty sure it would look a little something like this. This is the gray wolf, the largest of all K nights and the only one that could be found in Asia, Europe and North America. But did you know that not too long ago, a second species of wolf used to be common here in the southern and eastern US? The red Wolf. Unfortunately, it was declared extinct in the wild as recently as 1980. Yet here we are, with a stack of photos taken with hidden camera traps. And see this in an area where gray wolves don't exist. Way Got it. Yes. Stick around, cause we're looking at wolves today. But first, let's back up a little and look at the background to all this. This is Chris Lasher. He's the coordinator for the Association of Zoos and Aquarium Species Survival Plan for these red wolves. And he works here at the North Carolina Zoo, one of the few places where some of the remaining red wolves kept on the human care can still be seen. The history of the American Red Wolf really stems back to when Europeans came over to this part of the country and settled the eastern part of what is now the United States. Any time of red wolf was found, it was It was hunted, in fact, when our government was formed a long time ago, obviously, But they put bounties on red wolves, and we're paying people to go out and kill this animal. And red wolves used to be very abundant from Pennsylvania, down through Florida and as far as Louisiana in eastern Texas. So the only reason red wolves aren't still abundant here in the eastern part of United States really has to do with human settlement. In a last effort to save the species, biologists came in and captured all the remaining 17 animals they could find and ultimately declared a species extinct in the wild. In 1980 14 of those 17 wolves became the founders of a breeding program set up to try and reintroduce the red wolves back into the wild. So what we're doing with the animals under human care is we're maintaining the genetic diversity of these animals. We have around 250 animals under human care and 40 different facilities that participate in the breeding programmes for red wolves. And what we call that population is the assurance population to make sure this animal doesn't go extinct. In 1987 the 1st 4 pairs of red wolves were reintroduced to the wild in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina. When you are chances to actually see one in the wild, we're going to be very low. These animals are extremely elusive, so instead we were given coordinates to a set of camera traps put out by a friend rolling case at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, found at number one to number 4567 Right Number eight. Number nine. Number 10. Golden Ticket. Well, we'll see. And the cameras did not disappoint. Oh, that's a wolf. And look, hold on, Woman. Is that one caller. If that woman is not collard, that's huge. That the huge the population of red wolves. Now there's really only one wild population left or red wolves right here in North Carolina, and we know there's at least 14 animals out there, and the numbers are probably somewhere between 14 and 20 animals. That's the entire population of wild red wolves existing in the world. So we know that we have an ID article evidence that red wolves on the landscape actually improved the ecosystem and make the other animals around them healthier. Um, and a So long as we can educate people and raise awareness for the species, I really think that we can tell people that red wolves on the property, it's not a bad thing, and we can bring this animal back. So I hope you enjoy that and that you learn a lot more about these wolves. This is a species that is critically, critically endangered. You're tempted to call this a success story because there are now wolves back in the wild. But remember that the number number wolves in the wild is so low, so more protection is needed. And if it wasn't for places like the North Carolina Zoo, species would very likely go extinct very soon. So thanks for watching Hope you enjoy that. Stay tuned for more videos. Come out