Red Wolf Revival is a short film about the last remaining wild population of red wolves. Centered on the historic recovery effort in Eastern North Carolina, we document the multifaceted struggle to reintroduce one of the rarest animals on earth in the face of cultural, economic, and biological challenges in North Carolina.
Red Wolf Revival, which features private landowners, biologists, legal experts, wildlife officials and conservationists, goes into some of the aspects that have hindered wolves’ ability to thrive — ranging from intolerance of predators to political pressure to shut down the recovery program.
Last year, the state’s own Wildlife Resources Commission passed resolutions calling on the FWS to declare red wolves extinct in the wild, end the reintroduction program and remove wolves who were released on private lands.
The FWS, for its part, has also failed them. According to the Animal Welfare Institute, over the past two years the agency has “eliminated the recovery coordinator for the program, stopped reintroducing red wolves into the recovery area until it completes a review of the program, stopped sterilizing and removing coyotes (which hybridize with red wolves), and issued permits to landowners to kill individual red wolves.”
Executive Producer: Susannah Smith
Producer, Director: Roshan Patel
Producer: Madison McClintock
Cinematography: Roshan Patel, Madison McClintock
Editor: Roshan Patel
Graphics and Animations: Madison McClintock, Roshan Patel
Sound Recording: Roshan Patel, Madison McClintock
2015 | 30 mins | Closed Captioned and SDH Subtitles