I photographed this Red Wolf at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, Florida. He had just climbed out of a hole he had been sitting in, as you can see by his tail and left rear leg.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon 55-250 lens at 179 mm

The Red Wolf is found mainly in the Southeastern United States.
From Defenders of Wildlife:
The red wolf is a smaller and a more slender cousin of the gray wolf. It is gray-black, with a reddish cast that gives it the color for which it is named.
The red wolf’s diet consists primarily of small mammals such as rabbits and rodents. Also known to eat insects, berries and occasionally deer.
Red wolves are primarily nocturnal , and communicate by scent marking, vocalizations (including howling), facial expressions and body postures.
Shy and secretive, red wolves hunt alone or in small packs — complex social structures that include the breeding adult pair (the alpha male and female) and their offspring. Red wolves tend to form pair-bonds for life.
Size of the pack varies with the size of available prey populations. A hierarchy of dominant and subordinate animals within the pack helps it to function as a unit. Dens are often located in hollow trees, stream banks and sand knolls.

Endangered Species List (ESA): Red wolves are listed as endangered, with special regulations in designated areas.

Red Wolf Watching

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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Comments

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 3 years ago

    wonderful work! he is beautiful!

  • Thanks so very much, Linda! He certainly is a beautiful wolf.

    – AuntDot

  • Charldia
    Charldiaover 3 years ago

    Oh Dot, He is beautiful. And you make me long to to to Homossasa Springs again. Miss it..want to go snorkeling

  • Thanks, Char. He certainly is a beautiful animal. As for snorkeling, I tried it once and felt claustrophobic, even though I can swim underwater with my eyes open. Go figure! I’ve posted several photos from the wildlife park, and I have enough left to work on to keep me busy for quite a while!!

    – AuntDot

  • marilyn diaz
    marilyn diazover 3 years ago

    Great Shot.Wonderful colors and expression on the wolfs face.

  • He does look quite serious about something, doesn’t he! Thanks, Marilyn!

    – AuntDot

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thanks so much, Sylvia!

    – AuntDot

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 3 years ago

    A gorgeous shot of a magnificent animal, Dot!

  • Wasn’t it good of him to pose for me like that? LOL Thanks, Brenda!

    – AuntDot

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture Dot.

  • Thank you, Rosie. Never thought I’d get such a close shot of a wolf!

    – AuntDot

  • WOBBLYMOL
    WOBBLYMOLover 3 years ago

    gorgeous wolf, great shot

  • Thank you very much! I appreciate that!

    – AuntDot

  • Parth Soni
    Parth Soniover 3 years ago

    WOOOOOOOOOOOW nice work.

  • Thanks for that big WOOOOOOOOOOW! Big smile here!

    – AuntDot

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 3 years ago

    Wow this is the first time I have seen a Red Wolf up close and personal, well done Aunt Dot. I hope they can get them off the endangered list.

  • LOL It’s the first time I have seen ANY wolf up close! I agree…hope they can come off the endangered list. Thanks for your visit and your comment, Michael.

    – AuntDot

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 3 years ago

    beautiful shot Dot. I don`t think I have seen a red wolf before

  • Thank you Dave. They are mainly found in the southeastern U.S. My first experience seeing one.

    – AuntDot

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