Today’s Pup Check

A long day is finally winding down. I know all you want to see is pictures of the pups and hear about how they are doing, so I will spare you the details of the day. Both pups were in the den upon arrival! They were busy wrestling with each other and gnawing on a rat that M1803 (dad) had dropped off earlier. I say huge because, well, they are huge. Their dad, M1803 is huge (almost 80 pounds) andRead more

Rough day yesterday… sad news to share

Friday’s pup check went great. The three pups gained a lot of weight and gave us little reason to be concerned. However, I said there was sad news. Our goal with this blog is to let you into the world of the Animal Department at the Museum and respectfully share whatever the news may be. Since F2062 had the pups in the den with the camera we’ve been able to get glimpses of movement, nursing, and activity. It was noticedRead more

Meet the Pangolin!

We have our share of endangered species here at the museum: Red Wolves, Ring-Tailed and Red Ruffed lemurs all fall into that category. All three are pretty well known so I thought I would introduce you to a lesser known species: the Pangolin!     The Pangolin is a mammal covered in overlapping scales made from keratin. They are often called the “scaly anteater!”  There are eight different species of pangolin all of which are endangered. They can be foundRead more

Migrating coyotes claim red wolf territories

In my previous post about red wolves, I discussed how the gunshot mortality on the wild population has risen significantly in the past few years. Sadly, it is believed that some of these shootings are intentional, but another reason for the increase is because juvenile red wolves are similar in size to coyotes, and leads to mistaken identity by hunters. This problem may be amplified by the fact that eastern coyotes are larger in size than their western cousins, whichRead more

Red Wolf History

So far, we have written several posts about our red wolves here. While most of them have discussed our wolves’ health, we have also shown some video of great interactions with enrichment, as well as talking about their annual physicals. However, there is an abundance of information to be shared about this critically endangered species, and a good place to start is with their history. Red wolves (picture left) used to be one of the only large predators in theRead more