Since 2005, you have helped Friends of the Island Fox fund more than $60,000 in conservation efforts to save the endangered island fox.
In 2014 donors funded our
113th radio-tracking collar!
In addition, in 2014 FIF:
- Hosted the annual meeting of island fox biologists
- Funded blood tests looking for exposure to disease (serology)
- Supported the purchase of a scientific specimen refrigerator at a lab studying island fox health
- Funded vaccinations for rabies
- And funded identification microchips
In the year 2000, four subspecies of island fox were facing imminent extinction. San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands each only had 15 surviving individual island foxes. On all six islands combined there was a total of approximately 1,400 island foxes.
In just fourteen years, island fox populations have returned to historic levels. The official population numbers from 2013 estimate over 5,700 island foxes across all of the islands.
Maintaining this successful recovery of the island fox means continued monitoring. Disease and introduced threats can quickly impact these rare island populations.
This holiday season give the gift of directly saving an endangered species.
- $10 microchips an island fox with lifetime identification
- $10 vaccinates an island fox for a year against rabies or distemper
- $25 funds an annual health check
- $100 supports public education and vital research
- $300 sponsors a radio-tracking collar to ensure the safety of island foxes