Outdoor

Marie McAden

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Endangered Red Wolves find new home at the Sewee Center

Posted 12/22/2012 4:29:00 PM

Just arrived! Two endangered Red Wolves are making themselves at home in their new digs at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center in Awendaw. The four-year-old sisters are among just 300 Red Wolves still in existence in the world today.

Born and raised at Salisbury Zoological Park in Maryland, the siblings are being housed in a newly fenced 75-foot by 100-foot compound at the Lowcountry facility, one of 40 captive Red Wolf breeding centers in the United States.

“Red Wolves are native to the Southeastern United States,” explained Refuge Ranger Patricia Lynch, “but they were almost hunted to extinction.”

Northeastern North Carolina — the only place where the wolves live in the wild — is home to about 100 to 130 of the endangered species. Another 194 Red Wolves live in captivity across the country.

“They’re kept in captivity to ensure their survival,” Lynch said.

The Sewee Center’s wolf viewing area can be found along the one-mile Nebo Pond trail, a flat nature walk that meanders past several freshwater ponds through swamp bottomland and pine woods. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Jointly operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, the Sewee Center serves as the gateway to the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest. It is located about 18 miles from Charleston on U.S. 17 North.

In addition to the live Red Wolf compound, the 9,000-square-foot facility also features an interpretive display about the endangered wolf.

For information on the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, click here or call (843) 928-3368.