One Adorable Thing: New Red Wolf Cubs Born In NC

Photo: North Carolina Zoo via Twitter

By Zoey Shipley

The North Carolina Zoo announced via a tweet last week that they recently welcomed five new Red Wolf pups.  This is a cause for celebration because Red Wolves are the most endangered canid in the world. The zoo explained that there are only 15-20 red wolves left in the wild, and they are only found in North Carolina, so the new additions to the species are hugely important to the survival of the species. This is why we need to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030 — too many species like this are on the brink of extinction, being kept going only by captive breeding programs.  The North Carolina Zoo now has 25 wolves thanks to their breeding program making it the second-largest pack in America. The new babies are all named after plants found in North Carolina, the zoo explained:

“The names for the males are Oak (Appalachian Oak), Cedar (Red Cedar) and Sage (Azure Sage). The females are named Lily (Carolina Lily, the state’s wildflower) and Aster (Piedmont Aster).”

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