Red Wolves

The Secret World of Red Wolves

The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America’s Other Wolf (UNC Press, 2013) tells the tale of North America’s most endangered mammal and the people who put their hearts and careers into rescuing Canis rufus.


“This excellent history makes clear the verdict that lies immediately ahead: the red wolf saved, America’s triumph; the red wolf lost, America’s shame.” — Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

“In this, the first complete telling of the comeback of the red wolf, nature writer Beeland examines all aspects of this misunderstood canine. The combination of first-person immediacy interwoven with red wolf history will delight animal lovers.” — Nancy Bent, Booklist

“A fascinating journey to the threatened world of the red wolf. DeLene Beeland provides readers with the intriguing story of these mysterious predators and the people working to preserve their precarious survival.” — Dan Vergano, USA Today

“Fascinating, a must-read for both scientific and popular audiences.” — Wolf Print

“Fascinating and beautifully written. Beeland covers the red wolf in an engaging and clear manner, and the action is page-turning. An important resource for scholars of wildlife and the environmental movement.” — Laura Helmuth, Washington Post science editor 


“No general nonfiction books–let alone scholarly works–have focused exclusively on the red wolf, so this volume is a very welcome addition. . . A valuable resource for natural history collections. Highly recommended.” — C.E. Buckley, reviewer for CHOICE magazine

“Beeland brings the red wolf and its world–weird, wild howl and all–to splendid life. This elusive, beautiful, and beleaguered animal has found a teller worthy of its tale.” — David Dobbs, science writer & contributor to the New York Times, Wired, National Geographic, and The Atlantic

“On the topic of red wolves this book ranks second to none. It is a quick read, is understandable, and provides very thorough and frank discussions of the many issues threatening the red wolf’s continued existence.” — Richard P. Thiel, author of Keepers of the Wolves

UNC Press, Spring 2013, catalog cover