The Virginia Living Museum‘s oldest male American red Wolf has died.
He was 16 years old.
“He has been a wonderful ambassador for his species and will be greatly missed,” museum officials wrote on their Facebook page last Thursday night.
According to the museum’s website, Papa was the oldest male American red wolf on exhibit in the U.S. The museum acquired Papa in November 2005 when he was two-and-a-half years old from the Alligator National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.
In a span of two years, he fathered seven pups and two of which, both males, remained at the museum until he died.
For more information about the American Red Wolf Species Survival Program, visit the VLM’s website.