The red wolf is a critically endangered North American mammal. Midway in size between a grey wolf and a coyote, the species gets its name from the characteristic red tinge of its coat.
In 1980 the red wolf was declared to be extinct in the wild. A re-introduction program was established in North Carolina. Although initially successful, the re-introduced population is now struggling; today only around 40 red wolves exist in the wild.
There is much argument over whether or not the red wolf is actually a separate species rather than either a grey wolf / coyote hybrid or a subspecies of grey wolf.
Let’s find out more about this beautiful – and controversial – animal.
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