Famous red wolf author to visit Reflection Riding
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Author DeLene Beeland will be visiting Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center on May 18, at 1:30 p.m. There will be a discussion on her new book, “The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America’s Other Wolf.”

This highly anticipated, readable book is garnering accolades in the literary world as readers fall in love with Beeland’s take on the red wolf and its recovery.

“To me, [red wolves] are important because they are a small, and local, piece of the global puzzle of large carnivore decline,” says Beeland.

“Red wolves, and eastern mountain lions, would have been the two apex predators in the East for the past 10,000 years after the last Ice Age ended. We don’t have mountain lions in the East anymore, other than a small population of Florida panthers, and we barely have red wolves. To me, personally, that makes them worth fighting for.”

During her visit, Beeland will talk about her personal journey researching red wolves.

It began with an article and some curiosity and ended a little more than two years later in a popular book. Beeland will lead guests on a tour through red wolf natural history, their modern management, and current and future conservation challenges, such as climate change and illegal poaching.

“The concept that there was a wolf that evolved in North America separate from gray wolves fascinates me,” says Beeland.

“I’m also drawn to the mysterious nature of their natural history, due to the fact that they were largely exterminated before we had a chance to study them in depth in their natural habitat.”

After her presentation, Beeland will greet guests and autograph books.