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The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf


Ever since I first learned there was a creature called the red wolf, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. The result of my curiosity was two years immersion in the world of red wolves — both in the wild and in captivity — and a book titled The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf.


The Secret World of Red Wolves was released in June 2013 by the University of North Carolina Press. It's the first complete book on red wolves written for general audiences. Arkansas State University — whose mascot is the red wolf! — chose my book as their core common reader for incoming freshman starting with the 2018-2019 class.


Nature lovers will find it to be an engaging journey into the heart of Red Wolf Country, and into the heart of the debate over what red wolves are. Readers will find themselves transported into the rural eastern North Carolina landscape where red wolves prowl today. My writing intermingles naturalistic first-person observations with bits of scholarly research in this wildly fantastic true story. Some readers have described my book as having the feel of "Field & Stream meets Scientific American," which is a compliment I adore.


The exhaustive reporting and literary appeal of The Secret World of Red Wolves led to my becoming one of three finalist-nominees for Wild South's Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award for Outstanding Journalism in 2015.


The Secret World of Red Wolves is available in bookstores everywhere; simply ask your local bookstore to order it if it's not on their shelves.

Blurbs and Endorsements


"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 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

Other Mentions


FEBRUARY 10, 2014: OnEarth magazine, Howls of Outrage


NOVEMBER 2013: New York Times Review of Books, UNC Press Advertisement


JUNE 5, 2013: Four books demonstrate science writer's diverse interests, National Association of Scienc Writers. 


FEBRUARY 28, 2013: Can the Endangered Species Act Protect Against Climate Change? Outside magazine


FEBRUARY 25, 2013: Are red wolves worth the trouble?


NOVEMBER 17, 2012: Eastern wolves howl for recognition, USA Today

Reviewed in:


Choice Magazine  | All About Wildlife  |  Ecolit Books  |  Charlotte Observer  |  Library Journal 


Science Writers  |  Canadian Field Naturalist  |  Timber Wolf Information  |  Coastwatch Magazine


Scuppernong Reminder (NC)  |  McCormick Messenger (SC)  |  Rocky Mountain Telegram (NC)