Red Wolf Skull Replica


The Red Wolf once ranged over much of the southeastern US. Today, the Red Wolf is only found in isolated reintroduction areas with populations numbering a few hundred individuals. This endangered species resembles the Coyote but is slightly larger.


The Red Wolf Skull Replica measures 8.8 x 4.6 x 3.5. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Red Wolf Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane replica made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum wolf skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Red Wolves or Canis rufus were originally distributed throughout the southeastern and south-central United States from the Atlantic Ocean to central Texas, southeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Illinois in the west, and in the north from the Ohio River Valley, northern Pennsylvania and southern New York south to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Red Wolf or Canis rufus was nearly driven to extinction by the mid-1900s due to aggressive predator-control programs, habitat destruction, and extensive hybridization with coyotes. By the late 1960s, it occurred in small numbers in the Gulf Coast of western Louisiana and eastern Texas.

Fourteen of these survivors were selected to be the founders of a captive-bred population, which was established in the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium between 1974 and 1980. After a successful experimental relocation to Bulls Island off the coast of South Carolina in 1978, the Red Wolf or Canis rufus was declared extinct in the wild in 1980 to proceed with restoration efforts.

In 1987, the captive animals were released into the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on the Albemarle Peninsula in North Carolina, with a second release, since reversed, taking place two years later in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Of 63 Red Wolf or Canis rufus released from 1987 to 1994 the population rose to as many as 100 to 120 individuals in 2012, but due to the lack of regulation enforcement by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the population has declined to 40 individuals in 2018 and about 14 as of 2019.

The Red Wolf or Canis rufus proper taxonomic classification in essence, whether it is an admixture of wolf and coyote or a third, distinct species has been contentious for well over a century and is still under debate. Because of this, it is sometimes excluded from endangered species lists despite its critically low numbers.

Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently recognizes the Red Wolf or Canis rufus as an endangered species and grants protected status. Canis rufus is not listed in the CITES Appendices of endangered species. Since 1996 the IUCN has listed it as a critically endangered species.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 8.8 × 4.6 × 3.5 in
Red Wolf Facts:

Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: C. lupus
Subspecies: C. l. rufus

The Red Wolf is a critically endangered species is one that has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.