Endangered Species

by Kirstinszogas
Last updated 8 years ago

Discipline:
Science
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Grade:
12

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Endangered Species

The Red WolfThe Red Wolf, or Canis rufus, is a medium-sized, wild wolf that is found in northeastern North Carolina. It is often decribed as looking coyote. However, although the Red Wolf's coloring is similar to that of a coyote, Red Wolves are larger than coyotes and have relatively longer legs and ears. Red Wolves were once found all over South Easten United States but today their estimated wild population is only 100-120.Red Wolves are very adaptable. Any habitat area in the southeastern United States of sufficient size, which provides adequate food, water, and the basic cover requirement of heavy vegetation, should be suitable habitat for the red wolf. But if they are so adaptable, why are they going extinct? Red Wolves are going extinct because of intensive predator control programs and loss of habitat. Amazingly, their numbers have actually been growing the past few decades. After they were officially declared an endangered species in 1973, enviromentalists located and captured as many wild red wolves as they could. They only found 17 wolves, and most of these became the founders of a successful captive breeding program. By 1987, enough red wolves were bred in captivity to begin a restoration program. This program began on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina. This area now includes a total of 1.5 million acres with three national wildlife refuges, a Department of Defense bombing range, and state-owned lands.

1) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has bred over 200 Red Wolves in hopes of restoring the natural population.2) Many of the wolves that are released back into the wild are given radio collars that allow conservationists to track and monitor them.3) In 1984 the red wolf was selected for inclusion in the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria Species Survival Plan4) They are slowly being released back into the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina.

Look how cute! :)

Red Wolves are very colorful

What is being done to help save the Red Wolf?

The Red Wolf

An Endangered Species

Learn about Red Wolves!

Sources Cited:http://www.fws.gov/raleigh/species/es_red_wolf.htmlhttp://media.treehugger.com/assets/images/2011/10/red20wolf20pup.jpghttp://tallahasseemuseum.org/uploads/images/wildlifeFlorida/redWolf.jpghttps://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/Red_wolf_capture_with_net.jpghttp://www.fws.gov/redwolf/http://www.wolf.org/wolves/learn/wow/regions/United_States/North_Carolina_Subpages/ERecoveryandManagement1.asphttp://www.canids.org/PUBLICAT/CNDNEWS3/consredw.htm

Don't do this! :(


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