Our Growing Wolf Pack

Where Are The Red Wolf Sculptures?

Our wolf pack is growing! We hope you will join our pack.

“Just Settling In” a stone sculpture of a red wolf mom and her cub, started us on a journey we could not have predicted. While brainstorming the best use of the sculpture to bring awareness to red wolves, the idea of making limited edition castings bubbled up.

Thank you, Chris Lasher, of the NC Zoo and Ben Prater of Defenders of Wildlife for all your input! You guys rock!

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“Just Settling In” by Dale Weiler carved from alabaster

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Save Our Red Wolves

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

You can learn more about the importance of red wolves and why they need our help on our Red Wolf page. Time is critical.

So Why a Wolf Pack?

Wanting to do our part in helping our American red wolf, we had 10 castings made of Dale’s sculpture. Now what, we ask ourselves?

Within days, all 10 are committed to red wolf conservation organizations around the country. So where are they now?

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Dale, Heather Chisholm & Ben Prater at the unveiling at The Red Wolf Education Center

Red Wolf Education Center

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.

Wolf Conservation Center

 

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

One of the best experiences of the unveiling of the casting was hearing all 50 wolves howl at once. Mind-blowing!

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Here we are with the staff of Defenders and The Wolf Conservation Center enjoying a campfire after the installation of Dale’s casting

Zoo Knoxville

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. Visit if you get a chance.

 

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All the zoo keepers gather around the newly installed red wolf casting at Zoo Knoxville.

Museum of Life + Science

Dale’s casting at the Museum of Life + Science Center

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A sign at The Museum of Life + Science describing Dale’s casting “Just Settling In”.

A fourth casting has now been unveiled at The Museum of Life + Science in Durham. It is at the entrance of their red wolf enclosure and looks great with a panel explaining the importance of art and red wolf conservation.

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

 

In Nov 2019 we unveiled a casting at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center in Chattanooga. Once again, Defenders of Wildlife sponsored the casting and the local NPR station interviewed us just prior to the unveiling. Very fun.

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Dale, Mark McKnight & Ben Prater at the unveiling at Relection Riding Nature Center & Arboretium,

WNC Nature Center

And the last casting unveiled (before the pandemic hit) is at The WNC Nature Center in Asheville, NC. It is also sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife.

After the unveiling, Dale wowed the audience with a puppy dance to help their two red wolves produce their own wolf pack. We are hoping it will work for 2021 as they have a breeding pair. Let’s all do the puppy dance!

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Karen Babcock, Chris Gentile, Dale & Ben Prater at the unveiling at the WNC Nature Center.

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“Just Settling In” at Zoo at Chehaw.

The Zoo at Chehaw Park

The Zoo at Chehaw Park has recently installed “Just Settling In” at their newly renovated red wolf habitat. We look forward to visiting soon.

Dan Nicholas Park

The Dan Nicholas Park outside Charlotte, NC has one of the fiberglass red wolf sculptures. Here is their display right next to their red wolves.

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Dale’s red wolf sculpture exhibited at Dan Nicholas Park in North Carolina.

What Happens Next?

All 35 locations where red wolf castings have been/will be installed.

Fast forward into 2021, after the pandemic, and we now have 35 castings either placed or on order for red wolf breeding facilities. Wow, in our wildest imagination we couldn’t have predicted the positive response.

And while the initial castings are made from cement and hand-painted, the latest batch is made of fiberglass which can be shipped more easily and is more durable.

The new castings are fabricated by Scenic Artistry & Custom Finishes. They are absolutely beautiful, hand-painted sculptures, making each one unique. Ten have been shipped and we have another 10 more on order.

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An American red wolf pup. Photo: Rebecca Bose/Wolf Conservation Center

Help us and the red wolves! If you know of any organizations that could use a sculpture to promote red wolf education and awareness, let us know.

All we ask in return for the donation (which includes shipping) is the casting be displayed in a public place with a plaque or signage about red wolves. Join our wolf pack today and help save red wolves from disappearing from the wild.

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