What's so special about this trash bin?
As Channel Island foxes recovered on Santa Catalina Island, their growing numbers brought a new challenge. Old and open trash cans were posing a double threat to fox survival.
Island foxes attracted to available trash were being hit by cars on their way to trash cans and also becoming trapped inside, sometimes with lethal consequences.
The solution was "Fox-Saver" bins, sealed receptacles built to only be opened by human hands. In 2015, Friends of the Island Fox donors raised $6,000 to fund three of these special trash bins. One student created an entire T-shirt campaign to support the effort and raised nearly $1,000.
|New "Fox-Saver" bin in Bird Park, photo courtesy of CIC|
This was a joint effort of island fox supporters of all ages from across the country. Protecting this rare species requires all of us working together. If you visit Catalina this summer, take a look at the positive change that can be accomplished with group effort. Thank You to our friends at the Catalina Island Conservancy, the Island Company, the City of Avalon, and everyone helping make Catalina a safer home for island foxes.
Why were Catalina's island foxes faced with near extinction?
Challenges faced by island foxes on Catalina Island:
- Reducing Ear Tumors and High Cancer Rate
- Disease Threats - Canine Distemper Virus
- The Story of Burnie Boots - Island Fox Injured in Catalina Fire
- The Three-legged Island Fox
- The Island Fox and the Fishing Hook