On the morning of May 2, 2015 critically endangered red wolf F1563 (a.k.a. Salty) gave birth to a litter of pups – a valuable contribution to the recovery of her rare and at-risk species. The litter consists of 5 boys and 1 girl and live with Mom, Dad, and their 3 one-year-old siblings.
Last night on the Wolf Conservation Center's red wolf den webcam, a global audience observed the initial reluctance of the now 6-week-old pups to make room in the den for their big sister. After spending a few hours with 6 wiggling, kneading, nibbling and kicking kiddos, perhaps it's the big sister who regrets moving into the den in the first place!
Watch the whole video, it get's better and better!
Follow the pups' progress via webcams!
Take Action for Red WolvesRed wolves remain among the world’s most endangered species. With less than 100 in the wild, they are classified by as “Critically Endangered.” Only one place on the planet are wild red wolf populations viable and secure – North Carolina. But the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission has asked U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to terminate the red wolf recovery program there, a move which would inevitably result in the loss of the last wild population of red wolves and render the species extinct in the wild.
There is a perceived notion that red wolves are a local or regional issue. Endangered species recovery, however, is a matter of pride and concern for all U.S. citizens. Wildlife and other natural resources are a public trust. The public trust is a legal concept that implies that we all share equal, undivided interests in America’s wildlife. Thus, decision-making and resulting wildlife policy should be developed based on sound science and carried out in a democratic manner responsive to the voice of ALL people. Please email U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and urge to save red wolves from extinction.