Help us build the Red Wolf Habitat at the Brookgreen Gardens Lowcountry Zoo by donating today!
The Red Wolf is one of the most endangered canids in the world, as years of hunting and habitat loss had driven the species to the brink of extinction by 1970. Brookgreen Gardens Lowcountry Zoo is dedicating 4 acres of space to house and breed Red Wolves in cooperation with the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan. The new enclosure space will enable us to house two breeding pairs with plenty of space in a natural environment.
Community support in the amount of $100,000 is needed to complete habitat. Your donation will assist Brookgreen in the effort to help the Red Wolves species survive.
Donate today to become a Red Wolf Pack member! Anyone who donates $25 or more will be a Red Wolf Pack member, and will receive updates about the Red Wolf Pack exhibit, Red Wolf Pack card, Red Wolf Pack decal, and an invitation to Red Wolf Pack Day. Thank you for your support! Donate now
Be recognized on our Red Wolf Exhibit Walkway
All of our Alpha and Beta Members will be recognized along the walkway of the Red Wolf Exhibit. Choose your inscription for your plaque.
Alpha Leader $5,000
Alpha Leaders will be recognized on a plaque at the exhibit overlook. Donate now
Beta Member $2,500
Beta Members will be recognized on a plaque at the exhibit overlook. Donate now
Why your donation will make a tremendous impact
About the Red Wolves
The Red Wolf is one of the most endangered canids in the world, as years of hunting and habitat loss had driven the species to the brink of extinction by 1970. Historically, the Red Wolf ranged from southeastern Texas to central Pennsylvania but, today, the only place Red Wolves can be found in the wild is in eastern North Carolina's Albemarle Peninsula. Equally at home in forests, swamps, and coastal prairies, Red Wolves can thrive in a wide range of habitats. Red Wolf is a keystone species – one that has a disproportionate effect on the ecosystem – and the loss of the Red Wolf drastically changed the natural environment in the areas where they lived.
About the efforts to save the Red Wolves
As part of an ambitious captive-breeding program, the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service captured the 14 remaining Red Wolves they could find in the wild. These wolves are the ancestors of the 75 to 100 animals that now live in North Carolina, the first animal to be successfully reintroduced after being declared extinct in the wild.
How Brookgreen is joining the effort to save the Red Wolves
In April 2020, Brookgreen Gardens received a grant from the Conservation Centers for a Species Survival and USFWS Recovery Challenge to help add a Red Wolf exhibit to Brookgreen’s Lowcountry Zoo, part of Brookgreen’s Zoo master plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2007. The original plans have been modified to include two exhibit spaces for the wolves, including a breeding facility to assist the efforts of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan to expand breeding of the Red Wolves.
The C2S2 grant has been matched by a generous donation from the Christy and Ken Taucher Donor Advised Fund of Central Carolina Community Foundation which will support the first phase of the project.
Your donation will assist Brookgreen in the effort to help the Red Wolves species survive.