Welcome to Red Wolf Woods

red wolf circleThe red wolf had nearly vanished from the wild in the 1970s.

By 1980, the red wolf population was down to 14 pure wolves. These were brought to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium as part of the recovery program known as a Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program managed by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Thanks to the efforts of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and other organizations, the red wolf population has grown from 14 to over 250 wolves. Red wolves have even been reintroduced to the wild and are continuing to grow in numbers to this day.

Learn more about red wolves

At the Zoo

  • Get a close look at real wolf skull, pelt and radio collar.
  • See how red wolf populations have changed over time.
  • Uncover the story of red wolves and their struggle for survival.
  • Find out how you can help red wolves.

History & Conservation

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is one of more than 30 approved facilities working together as part of the Red Wolf SSP to ensure red wolf survival.

Since the creation of the breeding program, the population of red wolves has increased dramatically, with their numbers now over 200 in the SSP and over 50 wolves in the wild.

Learn more about red wolf history and conservation