In 1987, red wolves were released back into the wild in northeastern North Carolina at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The endangered red wolves had been pulled out of the wild and entered into a captive breeding program in an attempt to save the species. So far the program has been a success with about 130 red wolves in northeastern North Carolina. These wolves, who are scared of and avoid humans, have a long way to go before they are fully restored and will need to be managed for some time to make sure they do not become extinct. This short film provides some insight into the captive breeding program to restore the red wolf population, species diversity and genetic diversity within the red wolf population through the voices of Kim Wheeler, executive director of the Red Wolf Coalition, and Will Waddell, red wolf Species Survival Plan coordinator from Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

Photography, filming, audio, production and editing by Jeffrey Mittelstadt

Special Thanks to:
Kim Wheeler
Will Waddell

the United States Fish & Wildlife Service team:
David Rabon
Art Beyer
Chris Lucash
Ford Mauney
Jessica Collins

and the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science team:
Sherry Samuels
Jill Brown

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