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Welcome to the Red Wolf Habitat

By 1980, the red wolf was functionally extinct in the wild because of habitat destruction and systematic extermination. This species has made an astounding comeback with help from captive breeding programs. The most widely accepted position proposes that the red wolf is a distinct species of wolf, one that has been in North America even longer than the gray wolf. With the increasing sophistication of genetic research, scientists are closer than ever to the answer. Support is now strong for the conclusion that red wolf is indeed an ancient species that evolved along with the eastern wolf (Canis lupus lycaon, now thought by many scientists to be a third distinct North American wolf species, Canis lycaon) as a close relative of the coyote.

What Can I Do Here?

There are many things that you can do here. Please begin by watching the welcome video for an introduction to the red wolves (simply click on the video on the top of the media bar to the right). You can also use the media bar to look at pictures and watch other videos of red wolves at the museum.

After watching the video, you can use the left-side menu to:

  • Learn more by reviewing the READINGS about the red wolves.
  • Browse the OBSERVATIONS to learn what others have found out about the red wolves at the museum.
  • Collaborate with other students by joining in the DISCUSSION about the red wolves.
  • Record your thoughts and questions, as well as the things you’ve learned about the red wolves, in your JOURNAL.
  • Browse PHOTOS of the red wolves.
  • Use the ANALYSIS tool to answer your research questions.

How Do I Select A Different Habitat?

If you want to learn more about the nature of science or a different museum habitat, you can click on the habitat map to navigate anywhere.