Red Wolf Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Red wolves are one kind of wolf that live in one part of the United States. This lesson will teach you about red wolves, how to identify them, how they returned to the wild after disappearing completely, and some other neat facts about these animals.

What is a Red Wolf?

Imagine walking along on a moonlit night when you hear a howl. It definitely doesn't sound like a dog, so you listen again. It gets closer and you freeze. In the trees, you see an animal with reddish fur and two golden eyes staring at you. Slowly, you back away and leave the area. You have just seen a red wolf.

Red Wolf with Red Fur Behind its Ears and Neck
Red Wolf with Red Fur Behind its Ears and Neck

A red wolf is a medium-sized wolf with yellow eyes and reddish fur on its neck, legs, and on the back of its ears, which is how it got its name. It also may have some gray, tan-black, and white fur mixed in. It is a cousin to the only other type of wolf on Earth called the gray wolf but is smaller and thinner than a gray wolf.

Yellow Eyes of a Red Wolf
Yellow Eyes of a Red Wolf

Red wolves howl to talk to other wolves who aren't close by, similar to how you pick up a phone and call your friends. They also leave their smell behind to let other wolves know they are there, like you send a text.

Red wolves usually weigh between 50 and 80 pounds, which is about the same as a Labrador Retriever dog. If you were to take a tape measure and go from the end of its nose to the end of its tail, a red wolf would be around four feet long.

What Do Red Wolves Eat?

Red wolves are nocturnal, or most active at night, and hunt for snacks like deer, raccoons, rabbits, and rats. They also don't mind an easy meal that doesn't run when they try to catch it, so they eat animals that are already dead, too.

Where did all the Red Wolves Go?

There used to be a lot of wild red wolves and they would run around, hanging out together in small family packs in the eastern and southeastern parts of the United States. They lived in places like Pennsylvania, all the way down to Florida and even west into Texas.

Red wolves are great hunters and there aren't many animals that hunt them, except people. Humans killed so many of them that they became extinct, or completely disappeared from the wild.

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