Endangered red wolves moved to NC nature center

FILE - In this June 13, 2017 file photo, the parents of a 7-week old red wolf pup keep an eye on their offspring at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. Conservationists told a judge Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, that an imminent federal plan to shrink the territory of the only wild red wolves would hasten the animal’s extinction. Lawyers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, however, countered that new rules for the red wolf program, set to be finalized next month, mean that the conservationists’ current arguments are moot. The federal lawyers say a new lawsuit would need to be filed to halt new plans set to be finalized by the end of November. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A pair of endangered red wolves has been moved to a nature center in North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen Times reports the wolves were moved to the Western North Carolina Nature Center as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program. Center animal curator Erin Oldread says staff hopes the wolves will mate and produce offspring that can be released into the wild.

Less than 50 red wolves remain in the wild. Thirteen red wolf pups have been born at the center through the program.

One wolf from Georgia named Karma was moved to the Asheville center in October. Another wolf from Tennessee named Garnet was moved there last week. The center plans to introduce them to each other in January.

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