Pup numbers are in for 2013. Thirty-four pups in seven litters were found in the restored red wolf population in northeastern North Carolina. Twenty-one pups in four litters were also born in three captive facilities participating in the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan: six at Jackson Zoo, five at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and 11 at Northwest Trek (two litters). We did observe some pup mortality in the captive populations this year, with only one of five surviving at Alligator River and three surviving at Jackson Zoo. These losses were attributed to both viral and bacterial infections. The lone survivor from the Alligator River litter was fostered into a wild pack in May.
Wild pup in northeastern North Carolina. Photo by A.Beyer/USFWS.
Wild pups in northeastern North Carolina. Photo by A.Beyer/USFWS.
Captive pups at Jackson Zoo. Photo by Jackson Zoo.
For more information on the 2013 whelping season, you can read the news release from the Red Wolf Recovery Program and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
More photos of the Jackson Zoo pups can be viewed here.