Endangered wolves get new home at Charlestowne Landing

(Dave MacQueen/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Four endangered red wolves have a new home at the birthplace of the Carolinas.A red wolf habitat at the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in Charleston opened to the public on Tuesday. The wolves came to South Carolina from the Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, N.Y., where they were born last year.They were delivered to the park last month and have been spending the last three weeks getting used to their new habitat.It's the first time red wolves will be displayed at Charles Towne Landing, where the Carolina Colony was founded in 1670.The park's animal forest displays animals that would have lived along the South Carolina coast when the colony was founded.At that time, red wolves were abundant. But over the centuries, their numbers were decimated because of hunting and loss of habitat.Experts believe only about 320 red wolves remain.Jillian Davis, Animal Forest Curator, said the wolves, part of a Species Survival Plan, are surplus animals that could either be released into the wild or sent to another facility for breeding."It's an honor to be part of a program that's bringing back a native animal that's extinct in South Carolina," she said.The wolves haven't been named yet but park officials are playing with the idea of naming them after state Native American tribes.

The Animal Forest is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and is free with regular Charlestowne Landing admission.