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Episode 29: Autumn Lindey and Red Wolf Conservation

Red Wolf Conservation

Autumn Lindey has a B.S in Biology from Penn State: The Behrend College. Once she realized she wanted to work in animal care she tailored her courses to all the animal related ones. She moved to North Carolina in 2012 and in 2013 began working at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC. She primarily cares for the Black Bears, Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Radiated Tortoises and of course the Red Wolves. She has been fortunate to work with five different breeding pairs and two litters of puppies.

While she had always loved animals, the Red wolf was the first animal that sparked her conservation bug. Once she learned their story, she knew this was an animal that she wanted to help. There are a lot of myths about Red wolves, and wolves in general, that she works hard to dispel. Being wolves, they are an apex predator but they are also very shy and elusive. They are different than other species of wolves in that they don’t run in huge packs. Instead they stay in a small family group made up of the breeding pair and that year’s pups. Both parents help take care of and raise the puppies. Each individual wolf also has their own personality that is fascinating to learn!

Autumn’s favorite quote is, “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught” by Baba Dioum. She believes educating people on endangered species is the first step towards conserving them.  Red wolves are beautiful animals who need our help and hopefully more people will fall in love with them and want to help too. 

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May 03, 2018

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