There are only 12 red wolves left in the wild! The red wolf went extinct in 1980 but was brought back thanks to a captive breeding program. The Fish and Wildlife Service started a captive breeding program with 14 red wolves discovered near Texas and Louisiana in the 1970s. A small population of these wolves were released in North Carolina. This population, the only known wild red wolves in the world, has expanded to up to 130 wolves, but currently sits at a mere 12. There are over 200 red wolves in captive breeding programs across the country. The red wolf is a canine native to the southeastern United States which has a reddish-tawny color to its fur. Manteo after the city in NC where the Alligator River Refuge (part of the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuge Complex) is located. Manteo was a Native American Croatan, the chief of a local tribe that befriended the English explorers who landed at Roanoke Island in 1584. The town of Manteo, North Carolina is named after him.
Endangered Animals Initiative
Frontier is dedicated to bringing awareness to the endangered animals within the continental U.S.A. You can learn more about our endangered animal tails here.