Virginia Living Museum has a new red wolf

During colonial times, Red Wolves were found throughout the Southeast. According to the museum, there are probably fewer than 20 red wolves left in the wild.

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia – Author’s Note: The above video has been archived since August 5, 2021.

The Virginia Living Museum has welcomed a red wolf, America’s most endangered mammal, into its family.

Last month, Hyde, a 9-year-old male red wolf (Canis rufus), was transferred to the Newport News Museum at Wolf Haven International, a Washington sanctuary for captive-born and displaced wolves.

It was recommended by the federal government Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) as a companion to the museum’s resident Red Wolf, Katniss. As highly social pack animals, Red Wolves experience the highest levels of well-being when kept together in groups or packs.

According to the museum, Hyde was shy at first, but quickly gained self-confidence by adjusting to the museum during his quarantine period, integrating into the new habitat, and meeting his female counterpart.

“Together, Hyde and Katniss act as important ambassadors for their species as they connect guests to native wildlife,” said James Weinpress, senior director of animal welfare at the museum. “These mature canids represent the importance of peaceful coexistence.”

During colonial times, Red Wolves were found throughout the Southeast. According to the museum, there are probably fewer than 20 red wolves left in the wild.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service owns all red wolves that have been cared for by humans to help reintroduce and conserve the species in their historic range. In 2021, the population managed by the SSP consists of 245 wolves: 131 males and 114 females.

Hyde is located at Section of the boardwalk trail of the museum. Its introduction comes just in time for Red Wolf Awareness Week, October 17-23, to educate and share the plight and effort to recover this species.

For more information on Hyde and other exhibits, you can visit the museum site or call 757-595-1900.


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