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Loti & dale admiring the first of our wolf pack to find a new home

Our Growing Red Wolf Pack

Why does anyone need 10 red wolf castings? Well, most folks don’t need 10 of course. But we want to be sure as many people as possible know about our American red wolf pack and the immense challenges they face.

Last summer we had 10 limited edition castings made of Dale’s red wolf sculpture “Just Settling In”. Making the castings is a pretty cool process and you can read how it is done here. We find art touches the core of your soul so we wanted to spread the red wolf castings far & wide.

the wolf pack is being cast
Dale discussing the casting coloration with Caroly Van Duyn, the color artist

Save our Red Wolves!

And as a quick reminder, there are less than 20 red wolves left in the wild and only 250+ in human care through zoos and other conservation organizations. The only wild ones live in Eastern North Carolina and are on the verge of going extinct (for a second time).

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Two red wolf pups sleeping. Photo Ryan Nordsven/USFWS

We want to do everything we can to save our American red wolf. Which is why we are donating the castings to red wolf breeding and conservation facilities. Within days of offering the castings, all 10 were committed to red wolf conservation groups around the country.

Where is our Wolf Pack Landing?

The first unveiling took place at The Red Wolf Education Center in Alligator River Wildlife Refuge where our last remaining wild red wolves live. How appropriate! Defenders of Wildlife sponsored the piece and it now is on display in the Center. One of the highlights was meeting “Cash”, a red wolf living at the center.

The first unveiling of our wolf pack casting
Dale, Heather Chisolm & Ben Prater at the unveiling of casting

The second unveiling occurred at The Wolf Conservation Center in S. Salem, NY where 50 red and grey wolves live. Again, Defenders of Wildlife sponsored the casting.

A red wolf casting is unveiled
Loti & Dale at the unveiling at The Wolf Conservation Center

The highlight of the evening event for us was hearing 50 wolves howl at the same time. You should hear Regan, the Director of Education, start the howl. A once in a lifetime experience and if you happen to be in the area, you can sleep with the wolves!

Our own pack of wolves, all the staff of Wolf Conservation Center
After howling with the wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center, we ate s’mores around the fire pit

A third casting now resides at Zoo Knoxville right outside their red wolf habitat. We had the honor of spending time with all the red wolf keepers who are so passionate about caring for their red wolf pack. With less than 300 red wolves left in the whole world, it is a joy to see 10 in one place. The ten include 2 parents and their 8 offspring born in 2018.

the red wolf pack zoo keepers
Dale with the Zoo Knoxville red wolf keepers at the unveiling

A fourth casting has now been unveiled at The Museum of Life + Science in Durham. One of the really cool things about the wolves at the Museum is there are 10 of them representing 3 generations. This makes them one of the only multi-generational packs of red wolves in the world.

So where will the next one end up? Stay tuned as it will be unveiled on Nov 14th at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center in Chattanooga. We hope you can join us.

One more will be unveiled on Dec 14th. Details to be announced soon. We can’t wait.

Location of current red wolf castings with more to come.

Our red wolves need all the help they can get from folks like us. If you want to help, The Red Wolf Review has an excellent list of things you can do. But the most important thing you can do right now? Tell everyone you know about our American red wolves and the need to save them. Go red wolves!

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