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5 Red Wolf Pups Born Into Species Survival Program, And YOU Get To Name Them!

By Petslady @petslady


In 1970, there were only 14 pure Red Wolves left in the world, hunted to the brink of extinction. Now, thanks to a long term propagation program for the Red Wolf there are about 250 of them, 100 of which have been released to a Red Wolf habitat in North Carolina.  Every birth is celebrated, and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington is doing just that, celebrating the birth of its first five Red Wolf pups in 29 years!  And you get to name them....

Red Wolf pup born at Point Defiance Zoo: image credit: KING
Red Wolf pup born at Point Defiance Zoo: image credit: KING

Two of the five Red Wolf pups born on May 13, 2012: image credit: KING
Two of the five Red Wolf pups born on May 13, 2012: image credit: KING

The five pups were born in May to Millie, an 8 year old female Red Wolf, and Graham, their 9 year old father. Here are all five babes in the wood - a native habitat provided for them by the zoo.

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Now that the pups are not strangers to you, would you like to help choose their names?  Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has created two lists of possible names for you to select from:

  • North Carolina Counties: Bladen, Haywood, Hyde, Nash, and Onslow.
  • North Carolina Native Trees: Fraser, Hickory, Hawthorn, Juniper, and Sumac.

To vote, go to Red Wolf Pups.  Registration is not required.

sources: Red Wolf Woods, Port Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Lakewood Patch, King 5


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