The Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (RWSSP) is the foundation of the Red Wolf Recovery Program. To let people know what’s happening throughout the program through, we are continuing to feature different RWSSP locations. The RWSSP of the month is the North Carolina Museum of Life & Science (MLS) in Durham, North Carolina. The Museum was first established in 1946 by volunteers as North Carolina’s first trail-side nature center. Originally known as the “Children’s Museum,” the center flourished and evolved into the state-of-the art facility it is today encompassing 84-acres, including an interactive science park includes a science center, a butterfly conservatory (which is one of the largest in the world) and beautifully-landscaped outdoor exhibits featuring black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves.
MLS currently is home to a pair of red wolves, female 1287 and male 1414. The first red wolf came to MLS in 1992, and a litter of pups followed in 1993 and again in 2002. Both of the current wolves were born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, (Tacoma, WA). The male is currently 8 years old and came to Museum just last fall in 2012 from Miller Park Zoo (Bloomington, IL). The female is currently 10 years ago and arrived at the Museum in 2010 from Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence, RI). While it’s not anticipated that 1287 & 1414 might breed this year, anything can happen! The animals are a great pair together and are regularly photographed on exhibit.
|Red wolf pair at MLS. Photo credit: B. Bartel/USFWS.|
|Red wolf female 1287 at MLS. Photo credit: B. Bartel/USFWS.|
|Red wolf male 1414 at MLS. Photo credit: B. Bartel/USFWS.|
To keep up with all the red wolf happenings and other news in the Animal Department at the Museum, you can follow their blog.
Just last week, members of the Red Wolf Recovery Program, Red Wolf Species Survival Plan NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and numerous researchers from different universities met at the Museum for an initial meeting of the reorganized Red Wolf Recovery Implementation Team. We also got to tour the red wolf exhibit and check out the pair. A big thank to the Museum and its staff for generously hosting us! Special thanks to Sherry Samuels, the Director of the Animal Department for the tour and help with arrangements! Red Wolf Species Survival Plan