Skip to main content

Red Wolf Pups

Adorable and vital

to a critically endangered species.

Our litter of eight red wolf pups was born May 10, 2019 to parents Charlotte and Hyde. Adorable and growing fast, they are the latest success in the story of recovery for this iconic, endangered American species.

PUPDATE: Our pups, born May 2019, are now as big as their parents! Mom Charlotte and 5 of the pups have moved to help grow the population at our breeding facility at sister zoo Northwest Trek – look out for the 3 females.

Meet the pups

Eight new pups
with nature names.
In a public vote, Zoo fans chose nature names for our pups. Chester, Cypress and Hawthorn are the boys, while Camellia, Magnolia, Myrtle, Peat and Willow are the girls. All were named after flowers, plants or trees in the wolves' native range in North Carolina.
Saving a species
One pup at a time
The pups aren't just cute - they're vital to saving this iconic American species. Once on the brink of extinction, red wolves were saved by a conservation program led by our Zoo. But they are still at risk. You can help.
Learn more
Extraordinary care
every day.
Our pups, like every Zoo animal, get the best of care every day from keepers and the veterinary team. Newborn exams, regular check-ups and keeping their environment quiet and safe are just some of the things we do to care for our red wolves.
Pups meet the vet

Puppy Timeline

Birth to 3 weeks
Tiny but determined.
Red wolf pups are born blind and dependent on mom for food and safety.
They explore by smell and touch, communicating by grunts and squeaks.
3-5 weeks
Getting mobile.
Growing fast, they explore their habitat, still nursing and wobbly on their feet.
Mom will keep a watchful eye and carry them back in her mouth if they stray.
5-10 weeks
Feisty and playful.
By now, pups have tiny sharp teeth. Adults regurgitate food for them to eat.
They are playful and feisty, wrestling and play-biting adults and each other.
4-8 months
Learning, growing.
By watching adults, pups learn hunting and how to communicate by howls.
They also grow fast:. By 7 months they will look a lot like adults.

Help Save Wolves

Join the story.

THE THREAT: By the 1970s, only 14 pure red wolves existed on the planet, due to ceaseless hunting. By the 1980s, those wolves were brought from the wild to a zoo-based breeding program to restore the population.

TAKE ACTION: We joined with other zoos and agencies to save the red wolf, breeding and reintroducing them in the wild. There are now only 20-25 wolves in the wild, and about 256 at zoos and wildlife centers. They need our help to survive.

Animal Stories

2021 Year in Photos

What a year this has been! Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium provided a home and second chance to a rescued sea lion named Björn, celebrated the births of a Southern three-banded armadillo pup and a Southern tamandua pup, among so many other moments. Thanks for being here on this journey with us. Enjoy our best … Continued

Read More
BLIZZARD’S FESTIVE BIRTHDAY BASH

Blizzard the polar bear celebrated his birthday at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium with all his favorite things: cake, a tree, a big barrel and more than 2,000 pounds of ice. At 26, Blizzard is a senior bear and each birthday is a special one. The median life expectancy for polar bears is about 23 … Continued

Read More
First healthy armadillo pup born at zoo

UPDATE: 12/7/2021: The pup has a name! Keepers named the pup “Segway.” Read more here. Southern three-banded armadillos Vespa and Scooter welcomed a female pup into the world in late October, making them both first-time parents. The pup is the first healthy armadillo pup born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in its 116-year history. … Continued

Read More
Meet the Cousins
At our sister zoo Northwest Trek you can meet the red wolf's cousin: the gray wolf. Watch the Trek pack in their forested habitat.