The Tallahassee Museum’s red wolf pups are shy, and especially early on, few people were able to see them. Luckily, they became accustomed to our cameras, and so we’ve been able to watch them grow. Below is a documentary on their first year.
Some days, the red wolves are more obviously “wild” than others. One day, for instance, I got footage of two pups fighting over a bone. Just as soon as the short tailed alpha puppy asserted that it was his rib, he became alert. I could hear a police siren faintly in the distance. Soon, all eight of the Tallahassee Museum wolves were howling. It sounded more monkey than wolf-like to me, a combination of longer howls and strange whoops. It was everything I could ask for out of a shoot day. Continue reading →
When I get to the enclosure, three red wolves of similar size are out. At first it looks like three adults, one more than I know should be here. The father wolf has always been easy to pick out; he’s a good bit bigger than the mother. I take a close look at the other two wolves, and it’s the skinny legs that give away the pup. In the almost three months since I last visited the Tallahassee Museum, these puppies have done a bit of growing. Continue reading →
If you’ve been visiting the Tallahassee Museum looking to catch a glimpse of their red wolf pups, you’ve been out of luck. So far, anyway. They’re growing fast, and their behavior is changing as they grow. There is a pattern to my two shoot days with them. After the animal exhibit trails close, they start to poke their heads out. When the animal staff heads out on their cart, the four pups come out and explore. Continue reading →
We’ll be visiting the Tallahassee Museum every few weeks to see how their four red wolf pups are growing. If you missed it, we had previously visited the Museum when their mother was pregnant with them. We also took a look at the Museum’s role within the overall effort to restore this native predator to the American southeast. We also visited Saint Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, a red wolf island propagation site within the system.
Yesterday, the Tallahassee Museum reopened its red wolf exhibit. Their four new pups are two months old, and they’re still kind of shy. But, if you’re patient, you may get a look at one of them. Last Friday, I took a camera down to get the shots in the video above. After two-and-a-half hours, people stopped coming and little heads topped up from the wolf den. Thirty minutes after that, perhaps they felt better about my presence; they came out and played with their dad for a few minutes (The mom came out for a total of ten seconds during my time there). Continue reading →
The following video on the red wolves of Saint Vincent Island premiered at our screening of Red Wolf Revival at the Tallahassee Museum last Saturday. Next Thursday, April 27, at 8 pm ETReel South: Red Wolf Revival will air on WFSU-TV. This award winning documentary looks at the wild population of red wolves, which lives in North Carolina.
As in that previous segment, original music was composed for this video by Tracy Horenbein. Thanks to Tracy, and to Velma Frye and Becky Reardon for allowing us to use their song, Saint Vincent Island.
Looking at it on a map, you can see how Saint Vincent Island is different than its neighbors. Think of Cape San Blas, St. George Island, and Dog Island as its siblings, all four birthed by the Apalachicola River. The others are skinny, while Saint Vincent, the oldest sibling, is, to put it nicely, thick. It’s not typical of barrier islands in Florida. However, this size makes it an ideal host for endangered red wolves. Continue reading →
Join us at the Tallahassee Museum on April 15 for a screening of Reel South: Red Wolf Revival. Red Wolf Revival is an award winning documentary on the wild population of red wolves, located entirely within North Carolina. We will also screen two shorts about our local efforts to help this endangered predator. Click to learn more.
REEL SOUTH is a co-production of UNC-TV, South Carolina ETV, and the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Thanks also to Suzie Buzzo, Mike Jones, and the rest of the Tallahassee Museum animal staff for your help.
Rob Diaz de VillegasWFSU Media
I didn’t think they’d put us in the enclosure with the red wolves.
We’re at the Tallahassee Museum, and we just finished interviewing Mike Jones, the Museum’s animal curator. He has just told us that negative portrayals of wolves in children’s stories have painted an unfair picture of them. I guess I’m about to find out how unfair. Continue reading →