R is for Red Wolf.
The Red Wolf is the world's most endangered canid, and the Southeast’s native wolf. Uniquely "All-American," the red wolf's entire historical range is confined within what is now the United States. Once roaming as far west as Texas, down into Florida, and up into the Midwest, the red wolf now persists in only a fraction of its range. It has lost more of its historical territory—99.7 percent—than any other large carnivore, including lions, tigers and snow leopards. There is an estimated population of around 100 wolves.
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.Red wolves are primarily nocturnal and communicate by scent marking, vocalizations (including howling), facial expressions and body postures.
The main threat to Red Wolves is habitat loss due to over development and climate change, as well as poaching and improper relocation of non-problem individuals.