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Red Wolf pups

These rare pups are just 6 weeks old.


The Red Wolf had nearly vanished from the wild in the 1970s. By 1980 the Red Wolf population was down to 14 pure wolves, which were brought to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium as part of the recovery program, known as the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program managed by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.


Thanks to the efforts of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and other organizations, the Red Wolf population has grown from 14 to over 250 wolves. Red Wolves have even been reintroduced to the wild and are continuing to grow in numbers to this day.


These two are part of a litter of 5 that have graced our zoo this year.


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Taken on June 26, 2012