In 2017, the only island foxes in captivity are individuals that can not be returned to the wild. Most were found as pups abandoned by their parents on San Clemente Island. Drought over the past few years has challenged island fox survival and Navy personnel on San Clemente Island have found six pups that could not be reunited with a parent and were too young to survive on their own.
Beau, formerly at the Santa Barbara Zoo, is currently at The Living Desert in Palm Springs.
Male island foxes can be aggressively territorial which makes it difficult to have multiple males at the same location. The island-fox home at the Santa Barbara Zoo is now filled with two rambunctious brothers, Lewis and Clark. This playful duo are younger and have grown-up together. Check out their video
|gray fox on the left and two island foxes to the right|
|island foxes have relatively short tails|
|gray foxes have much longer tails|
If you can't travel to the Channel Islands, you can still see an island fox in a few special places.