Press Release for Read for the Red Wolf
Local conservationist, Christopher Lile, promotes literature, including a book from Asheville author, to spread awareness for North Carolina’s wolf.
Christopher Lile, an avid animal lover his whole life, works with non-profits like Defenders of Wildlife and Wolf Park to advance the conservation of (and coexistence with) endangered species. Lile began a career in wildlife conservation by traveling to Madagascar to study lemurs. But, as a Waynesville native, he realized that he need not travel overseas to advocate for endangered species. The red wolf, once present in Haywood County, is one of the world’s most critically endangered canines. Currently, less than 20 individuals remain in the wild – only in eastern North Carolina.
Lile was shocked when he learned about the Red Wolf from a Defenders of Wildlife representative in 2017. Even as a lifelong animal lover from North Carolina, he hadn’t heard the story of the Red Wolf. This species faces political pressure, habitat loss, and poaching. But one of their biggest threats is simply the lack of awareness of North Carolinians that a wolf not only exists in their state but is on the brink of extinction.
Lile, who started advocating for the Red Wolf immediately after hearing their story, is now working with Defenders of Wildlife to raise Red Wolf awareness in Western NC. Read for the Red Wolf is one of many upcoming opportunities for Haywood County to learn about the Red Wolf. The event, hosted by Blue Ridge Books (418 Hazelwood Ave, Waynesville, 828-456-6000) will feature The Secret World of Red Wolves by Asheville author DeLene Beeland and a selection of relevant non-fiction and children’s books that speak to the plight of wolves and the current extinction crisis. Lile will be at Blue Ridge Books from 9-5 on Saturday, November 23 to answer questions about the red wolf. An educational display will remain through November 29. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information about Christopher Lile, please visit christopherlile.com
. For more information about the Red Wolf, please visit defenders.org