The Chattanooga Nature Center (CNC) is one of only 40 refuges in the entire world for red wolves, which are among the most endangered species on earth, according to a report from the Chattanoogan.com.
However, there is definite good news this May at the CNC. Two new female pups have been born, adding to the numbers of red wolves across the globe.
"We had been suspicious of a pregnancy, but red wolves don’t get obviously large. The one indicator is the pulling of belly fur which can occur two days to two weeks before birth. After we saw pulled belly fur, it was about 12 days later when the pups were born," Tish Gailmard, the CNC Wildlife curator, told the news source.
The CNC executive director, Jean Lomino, expressed gratitude and excitement at the success of the center in this new step toward saving the endangered animals
According to Defenders.org, the red wolf - or canis rufus - can live six to seven years in the wild, and up to 15 years in captivity. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service saved about 20 pure red wolves in the 1980s, in order to breed them in captivity.