Captive Breeding Facilities

Without a managed captive breeding program, the red wolf would have continued its rapid slide to oblivion. But the Species Survival Program (SSP), established by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 1981, designated three facilities to cooperate in conserving this rare species of wolf. All red wolves are descended from just 14 founders. Thus, today, 44 approved zoos and wildlife centers throughout the U.S. manage the red wolf population as a genetic reservoir. While the need to infuse the wild population with more adult wolves has diminished as wild red wolves continue to reproduce successfully, these SSP facilities support interactive management with the USFWS Red Wolf Recovery Program by developing innovative techniques such as cross-fostering pups from SSP facilities to wild litters, allowing wild red wolves raise the pups with their own wild-born offspring. Additionally, the SSP facilities coordinate research in genome banking, assisted reproduction, behavior studies and veterinary medicine. 

Chaffee Zoological Gardens of Fresno
Fresno, CA

Beardsley Zoological Gardens
Bridgeport, CT

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Homosassa, FL

Brevard Zoo
Melbourne, FL

Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science
Tallahassee, FL

Lowry Park Zoological Garden
Tampa, FL

Chehaw Wild Animal Park
Albany, GA

Miller Park Zoo
Bloomington, IL

Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens
Chicago, IL

Niabi Zoo
Coal Valley, IL

Henson Robinson Zoo
Springfield, IL

Land Between the Lakes
Golden Pond, KY

Alexandria Zoological Park
Alexandria, LA

Salisbury Zoological Park
Salisbury, MD

Wildlife Science Center
Forest Lake, MN

Endangered Wolf Center
Eureka, MO

Jackson Zoo
Jackson, MS

North Carolina Zoological Park
Asheboro, NC

Western North Carolina Nature Center
Asheville, NC

Red Wolf Education & Healthcare Facility
Columbia, NC

North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
Durham, NC

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Manteo, NC

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

Dan Nicholas Nature Center
Salisbury, NC

Trevor Zoo
Millbrook, NY

Wolf Conservation Center of New York
South Salem, NY

Burnet Park Zoo
Syracuse, NY

Akron Zoological Park
Akron, OH

Oklahoma City Zoo
Oklahoma City, OK

Roger Williams Park Zoo
Providence, RI

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Charleston, SC

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Awenda, SC

Great Plains Zoo
Sioux Falls, SD

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center
Chattanooga, TN

Knoxville Zoological Gardens
Knoxville, TN

Fort Worth Zoological Park
Ft. Worth, TX

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Glen Rose, TX

Texas Zoo
Victoria, TX

Virginia Living Museum
Newport News, VA

Mill Mountain Zoo
Roanoke, VA

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Tacoma, WA

Wolf Haven International
Tenino, WA

North Eastern Wisconsin Zoo
Green Bay, WI