Virginia Living Museum welcomes red wolf pup
This female red wolf pup was born May 1 at the Virginia Living Museum.
She is the first wolf born at the museum. The mother was acquired from Florida in January 2003 and the father was acquired by the museum in November 2005 from North Carolina's Alligator River Refuge.
In 1973 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began a program to restore the endangered red wolf population.
The Virginia Living museum is helping restore the population by participation in the federal captive breeding program to raise wolves for introduction to the wild. It is one of 38 zoos, nature centers and museums participating in the federal program.