by Mark MacAllister
The North Carolina Zoological Park's award-winning, syndicated television series The ZooFilez has been on the air since 1999. These two-minute video features focus on the zoo's animal and plant collections, staff members, educational programs, veterinary care, field conservation efforts and other programs. The series currently airs weekly on 10 broadcast stations and two cable system in cities across North Carolina.
Several episodes of The ZooFilez have focused on the red wolf recovery program. These videos are now available for download on Field Trip Earth. Please remember that you will need to view these videos with QuickTime, which is a free download from Apple Computer. Each video title and a brief description for each is listed below; please click on the video you wish to view in the Media Gallery.
|Species Survival Plan Update
Will Waddell of the Point Defiance Zoo leads the team working to protect red wolves via the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan. His update provides information about both the captive and wild populations of red wolves in the United States.
Pup Insertion at Alligator River NWR
Red wolf conservationists completed a successful experiment where captive-born red wolf pups were "inserted" into a wild-born pack. The female red wolf accepted the new pups into her litter, giving conservatinists hope that this will be a useful method for expanding the wild population's numbers and genetic diversity.
Red Wolf Howlings
Public "howlings" are one way to bring people into contact with red wolves. The Red Wolf Coalition and the U.S. Fish and Wildlilfe Service jointly sponsor these events throughout the year at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. To learn more, visit the Red Wolf Coalition's website.
Red Wolves and Gunshot Mortality
The first, and most successful, carnivore reintroduction in North America is that of the red wolf. That success is threatened, however, by an alarming rise in gunshot mortality among red wolves running wild in northeastern North Carolina.
Red Wolf Captive Program at NC Zoo
The North Carolina Zoological Park works in conjunction with several other U.S. zoos and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to support a captive population of red wolves. Three pups recently born at the NC Zoo offered an opportunity to place additional animals in the wild population, thus growing that group and expanding its genetic diversity.
Red Wolf Program Update
This video presents an overview of the North Carolina Zoo's work in support of the red wolf recovery program in Northeastern North Carolina.
About the author:
Mark MacAllister is the Project Coordinator for Field Trip Earth.
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