Red Wolf Timeline

Year
Event
1967
Red wolf listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Preservation Act
1973
Endangered Species Act becomes Federal law
1977
First litter of red wolf pups born in breeding program at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, WA
1980
Red wolf declared biologically extinct in the wild
1987
Restoration effort begins with the experimental release of red wolves at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR), NC
1988
First litter of red wolf pups born in the wild at ARNWR
1992
Experimental release begins at Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), NC and TN
1998
Red wolf project ended at GSMNP
2000
Adaptive management plan implemented to address red wolf/coyote hybridization at ARNWR
2007
Red Wolf Recovery Program receives the Association of Zoos and Aquariums North American Conservation Award
Today
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