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Red wolf pup update: They’re on the move at the Museum of Life and Science

May 16, 2019 GMT

The Museum of Life and Science shared some great news last month: Their red wolf pair had welcomed six pups, helping to boost a species that’s considered critically endangered.

And this week, the museum reported that the pups are doing well and that they’ve started to venture around their enclosure inside the museum’s Into the Wild exhibit. So, if you’re headed to the museum, there is a better chance that you may actually get to see them roaming around.

The museum shared a couple of videos of the pups moving around on YouTube.

And check out our image gallery featuring closer images of all six of the pups.


This is the third litter of red wolf pups in three years at the museum.

Pups also were born at the museum in late April 2017 and 2018. The pups born in 2017, along with their parents, moved to the Wolf Conservation Center in New York in November 2017. Another red wolf pair took their place and gave birth to the second set of pups in 2018, who remain at the Durham museum.

Once a top predator throughout the southeastern United States and one of only two apex predators native to North Carolina, the red wolf is critically endangered with captive and wild populations totaling less than 300 individuals.