Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Red wolves are larger than coyotes, weighing 45-80 pounds. This elusive species is usually active at dawn and dusk. They hunt mostly white-tail deer and small mammals, such as rabbits or rodents. They have been known to travel up to 20 miles to find food. This species lives in packs of a breeding adult pair, which typically bonds for life, and their offspring. The older offspring often assist in rearing the younger pups and leave their pack to start a new one at around 1-2 years old.
Red Wolves were once common throughout the Eastern and South Central U.S. By the early 1900s, the population was decimated by habitat degradation and predator control programs. red wolves were listed as an endangered species in 1967, but were at one point thought to be extinct. In the 1970s, the last remaining Red Wolves were brought to zoos for a breeding and reintroduction program through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Erected by The Good Zoo at Oglebay Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Charity & Public Work • Environment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1967.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 Zoo Cir, Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Red Wolf (here, next to this marker); Pallas's Cat Conservation (within shouting distance of this marker); Grevy's Zebra (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Race For Survival! (about 300 feet away); Serval (about 400 feet away); Bald Eagle / Amelia the Bald Eagle (about 400 feet away); Bobcat (about 500 feet away); Kangaroo or Wallaby? / Are Kangaroos Rare? (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.