Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Friends of the Island Fox at Sierra Club Event

What is the current status of the endangered Channel Island fox? 

Come join us and find out.

Friends of the Island Fox will be joining the Ventura Sierra Club for an evening program hosted by Jim Hines. 

We'll be presenting a FREE family friendly program:

Island Foxes: In Their Island World
February 5th 2015
7-8:30 PM (Doors open at 6:15 PM)
at the Community Meeting Room
Ventura City Hall
501 Poli Street, Ventura, CA 93001

NOTE: Plenty of free parking behind city hall

We'll be talking about the vital role island foxes play in their island habitat, new information on island fox diet, the amazing recovery of all four endangered subspecies, and the future: concerns about impacts from changing climate, human trash, and biosecurity

As well as the presentation, there will be information on conservation efforts and educational displays. Compare your hand to a fox footprint. Compare an island fox to a gray fox or a red fox. How small is an island fox? How big is a golden eagle?

Bring your questions and then help us spread the word about protecting our rare Channel Island foxes. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Island Fox at Santa Barbara Zoo

Join Friends of the Island Fox at the

 Santa Barbara Zoo
Fox Festival
Sunday, February 15th
11am - 3pm

The Santa Barbara Zoo provides a home to Channel Island foxes that are unable to survive in the wild. Throughout the recovery of endangered island foxes, the zoo's Veterinary staff and Animal Care staff have participated in conservation efforts across the islands and have helped write the book on how to care for this rare California species.

Currently there are only five island foxes in captivity and two of them live at the Santa Barbara Zoo. If you can't visit the Channel Islands, this is the closest location in southern California to see a live island fox.

On Sunday, February 15th, we will be helping the Santa Barbara Zoo celebrate all foxes. Included with zoo admission:
  • Fox related activities and crafts
  • Channel Island fox information booth with biofacts
  • Keeper talks and animal enrichment throughout the day

Come meet the Channel Island fox. Compare it to the African fennec fox. Decide for yourself with one is smaller. Which one has the largest ears? How is their coloring adapted for their habitat?

Purchase an island fox pin, T-shirt, guide, or stuffed animal from the FIF booth and help support island fox conservation!