Red Wolf Center in Columbia welcomes 4-year-old siblings from Durham

By on December 7, 2022

The Red Wolf Center on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Columbia, NC, has two new residents: 4-year-old red wolf brothers who were recently relocated from Durham. (Photo credit: Robert Wilcox, Durham Life and Science Museum.)

(North Carolina Wildlife Federation)

Visitors to the Red Wolf Center on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge will see a couple of new faces in the exhibit enclosure: 4-year-old red wolf brothers who were relocated from Durham to Columbia, NC.

Born at the Durham Life and Science Museum, the wolves (dubbed 2246M and 2247M) are part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program. Currently, there are an estimated 19 to 21 wild red wolves in eastern North Carolina – the only known population of wild red wolves in the world.

Katerina Ramos, North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s red wolf education and outreach coordinator, offers red wolf education programs every Friday at 10 a.m.,1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“There are several recovery program options being explored and considered for the male red wolf siblings, including having them stay as education exhibit wolves, being part of the captive breeding program, or being released into the wild red wolf population,” she said.

Ramos also noted that the 8-year-old female (2061F) previously in the enclosure was relocated to Wolf Conservation Center, a captive breeding facility in New York. “She’ll be introduced to a male red wolf with the hope they’ll have pups this breeding season,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ramos said that the 14-year-old male (1714M) from the exhibit pen is still at the Red Wolf Center, but he’s out of the limelight and now spending his retirement days in peace.

Webcams installed earlier this year allow wildlife and nature lovers worldwide to get a 24/7 glimpse into the lives of 2246M and 2247M. With one live streaming webcam in their den and another in their outdoor enclosure, viewers can watch (and occasionally hear) the red wolves as they move about the wooded area and interact, snooze, sniff, play, eat and maybe even howl.

“Red wolves are not only extremely rare, but they’re also naturally shy, wary of humans and skilled at making themselves hard to spot,” Ramos said. “It’s nearly impossible to view them in the wild, which is why we’re so excited that a wider audience can watch these amazing creatures anytime, day or night.”

To view the red wolf webcams, and learn more about the species and how to support conservation efforts, visit  To schedule a Red Wolf Center visit, contact Katerina Ramos at 252-216-6634 or


  • Freenusa

    I would bet, the ones these new males will breed with, are hybrid females(red wolf/coyote mix). I don’t believe there are pure bred females in the wild in these parts. “They” are hoping to get a stronger Red Wolf gene pool thru tax funds.

    Wednesday, Dec 7 @ 9:23 pm
  • Lee

    Great news! Hope these wolf pups do well.

    Thursday, Dec 8 @ 10:26 am
  • Sandflea

    I would like to know if there is any species population that they control. Also, is there any species that they sustain. I do know that they consume a lot of our tax dollars.

    Thursday, Dec 8 @ 11:46 am
  • Greg

    A good thing. These animals are a part of the wildlife in the Southeastern US. Humans have been the cause of their demise. To answer “Sandflea”. They are a part of nature. It all works together. Humans are what upsets the balance of nature. “FreenUSA” is uninformed on the situation. Look it up on the USFWS site.

    Friday, Dec 9 @ 7:54 am
  • John D

    Not sure why they waste money on this.
    They get so cross bred, the locals over there kill them (coyote, wolves or hybrids) when they see them to protect their chickens and other animals.
    It’s like beach nourishment, pouring money in the trash then complaining about tax dollars

    Saturday, Dec 10 @ 6:50 am