Conservationists continue to sound the alarm about the plight of species who are in danger of vanishing around the world. Yet, one of the rarest mammals in North America and one of the most endangered canid species in the world, is quietly slipping away with much less fanfare.

 Now this animal’s story is being told through Red Wolf Revival, a film that explores the different aspects involved in the ongoing struggle to keep red wolves in the U.S. from disappearing forever …again.

These wolves once roamed vast portions of the southeast, but were essentially wiped out by the 1960s due to habitat loss and predator control programs. In 1973, they were protected under the Endangered Species Act and the last remaining red wolves were later captured. In 1980, they were officially declared extinct in the wild.

By 2006, there were 130 red wolves. But, despite recovery efforts, the latest population count released this past week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) show their numbers have fallen by half since 2012. There are now as few as 50 red wolves left in the wild.

Red Wolf Revival will be making its debut on February 22, at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. It will be followed by a panel discussion featuring experts and the film’s director, Roshan Patel. For more info on the film and upcoming screenings, or to set up a screening in your area, check out Red Wolf Revival and show your support on Facebook

Red Wolf Revival Trailer from Nestbox Collective on Vimeo.

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