Red Wolves: A Cross-Section of Conservation Challenges & Research Opportunities, with J. Hinton PhD.


The reintroduction of red wolves to northeastern North Carolina is the crowning achievement of a half-century of research and conservation activity that served as a model for the subsequent gray wolf reintroductions to the American Southwest and the Yellowstone region. The Wolf Conservation Center participates in this federal recovery of red wolves through its captive breeding program and by preparing candidate wolves for release into the wild. Still, recovery of the red wolf remains a challenging endeavor and includes major priorities such as supporting the existing North Carolina population, identifying additional reintroduction sites, and improving social tolerance for the presence of wolves. To meet these challenges, the Wolf Conservation Center recently expanded its role in red wolf research to improve recovery efforts and the Center’s capacity in education, outreach, and advocacy.

The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) offered a webinar with WCC Senior Research Scientist Dr. Joseph W. Hinton on September 14, 2021 to discuss research on red wolves – past and present – and how it can be used to both resolve the key threats red wolves currently face and promote their recovery throughout their historic range.

Joseph Hinton earned his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in 2014 and is the Senior Research Scientist at the Wolf Conservation Center. While at the University of Georgia, Joseph oversaw a large regional study on coyotes in the southeastern United States and focused on the ecology and interactions of red wolves and coyotes, and ecological conditions facilitating hybridization between the two. His research has focused on the ecology, management, and conservation of wildlife populations with a focus on canid communities.

The Wolf Conservation Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America through science-based education programming and participation in the federal Species Survival Plans for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. Through wolves, the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World.

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