In 1967, the red wolf
was listed as an
endangered species
(under a law that
preceded the
Endangered Species Act
of 1973), meaning it is
considered in danger of
extinction throughout
all or a significant
portion of its range.
The U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service
established a captive
breeding program for
the red wolf in 1973.
Biologists began to
remove remaining red
wolves from the wild in
an effort to save the
species from extinction.
These animals were taken to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in
Tacoma, Washington. Over a period of 6 years, more than 400 wolf-like canids
were captured in Louisiana and Texas, but of this number, only 43 were
considered red wolves and were placed in captivity. Further, breeding
experiments revealed that only 17 of the 43 were true red wolves, and only
14 of these successfully bred in captivity.
By 1980, the red wolf was
considered extinct in the wild.
Thanks to the efforts of Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and other
organizations, the Red Wolf population has grown from 14 to over 250 wolves.
Since that first reintroduction in 1987, many other wolves have successfully
bred in the Species Survival Plan and the wild. The reintroduced wolves
continue to survive and breed successfully, helping to bolster the world
population to around 250 individual wolves.

The Red Wolf Species Survival Plan continues to be an outstanding example
of successful zoo-based conservation. Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has
helped lead the Red Wolf breeding and reintroduction program. With the
future of the Red Wolf still in question, biologists continue to study these
amazing animals to help ensure their continued survival.
All profits from the sale of
these prints will be donated to
the Pt. Defiance Zoo Red Wolf
Habitat.  
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Loki, Red Wolf
2007
Endangered Species / Animals at Risk Series.
Original: 10.5"x14", Pastel on Velour Paper.
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