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Endangered Red Wolf Joins Virginia Living Museum Pack

NEWPORT NEWS—The Virginia Living Museum recently welcomed a new male Red Wolf named Hyde to their outdoor Boardwalk Trail. Hyde, a 9-year-old male Red Wolf, was transferred to the Virginia Living Museum in September from Wolf Haven International in Tenino, WA. The federal Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) recommended Hyde as a companion to the VLM’s resident female Red Wolf, Katniss. Red wolves are highly social pack animals, experiencing the highest levels of welfare when kept together in groups or packs.

“I’m excited to announce that our new Red Wolf, Hyde, has made a smooth transition to making the VLM his home,” said James Weinpress, Senior Director of Animal Welfare. “Together Hyde and Katniss act as important ambassadors for their species as they connect guests to native wildlife. These mature canids represent the importance of peaceful coexistence.”

Hyde makes his entrance just in time for Red Wolf Awareness Week, October 17–23, to educate and share the plight and efforts to recover a species on the brink of extinction. The VLM offers special Keeper Talks and Red Wolf Enrichment at 10am daily at the Red Wolf Exhibit on the Museum outdoor trail.

The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. and is open from 9am to 5pm daily. For more information visit thevlm.org or call 757-595-1900.

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