Meet Eno, Harper, Pearl, Warrior, Fisher, Catawba; NC zoo red wolf puppies get their names :: WRAL.com
Asheboro, North Carolina – The six Red Cubs born this spring at the North Carolina Zoo now have their names, thanks to a participatory vote.
The four females and the two males will be called Eno, Harper, Pearl, Warrior, Fisher, Catawba.
The names, appointed by the zoo’s red wolf keepers and voted on by the public, are based on rivers in the Southeastern United States where critically endangered red wolves lived.
Between April 28 and 30, three litters totaling 12 puppies were born at the zoo as part of its red wolf breeding program. The names of the other puppies will be announced soon, the zoo reports. The zoo now has 35 red wolves, making it the second largest pack in the United States after the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.
The newly named red wolf puppies were born into the public wolf habitat, giving zoo visitors a rare chance to see the puppies for a limited time. Most of them were born in the breeding area of the red wolf, closed to the public.
Once common throughout the Southeastern United States, wolves nearly became extinct in the late 1960s, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service launched an aggressive conservation effort – the American Red Wolf Recovery Program – that has leads to new ways of tracking and protecting the species, according to the zoo. These efforts have led to an increase in the number of wild red wolves in eastern North Carolina, but changes in the management of the recovery program have resulted in a further decline in the wild population in recent years. There are only 15-20 red wolves left in the wild, and they are all found in eastern North Carolina. The red wolf is considered the most endangered canine in the world.
The zoo is in Asheboro, about 90 minutes from the Triangle.