1980, only fourteen red wolves remained in existence. Thankfully, Pt.
Defiance Zoo & Aquarium responded to a call from the US Fish &
Wildlife Service to initiate a breeding program. Now, more than three
hundred red wolves live in zoos and in the wild.
Red Wolf Woods exhibit tells this amazing recovery story through
replicated habitats, interpretive and graphic materials, and
wooded path, lined with six-foot tall corten steel markers, which
recall events in the decline and recovery of the red wolf, guide
visitors through the exhibit. Views from exhibit overlooks reveal the
wolves playfully frolicking in the grassy meadows at the sinlit edges of
the forest or in a secluded den in a hollowed out log. The architecture
reveals the repurposing of structures on the ruins of a once
functioning farmstead. The path culminates at the Red Wolf Conservation
Center, where visitors will gain more insight into the on-going recovery
efforts at PDZA and throughout the United States. On the walls, the
survival of the species is recounted through written interviews, release
and wild video footage, breeding program artifacts and a graphic
summary of the red wolf’s Road to Recovery.
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