Mike Watling, Chair of FIF's Board of Directors, recently took this photo of an island fox wearing a radio-tracking collar just at dusk on Santa Rosa Island.
Since 2005, Friends of the Island Fox has been committed to funding radio-tracking collars for island foxes. In 2006, FIF donors funded 10 radio collars for island foxes being released from captive breeding back into the wild. See video of captive-born island foxes being released in 2006.
In 2021, donors like you funded our 250th radio collar. This landmark collar will go on an island fox on Catalina Island this summer.
Today island foxes live their lives running free in the wild. Individuals with radio collars help alert biologists to threats for the entire island population. Radio collars also monitor specific foxes recovering from health challenges or injury.
Meet two island foxes with radio collars: F257 and Vixen
FIF is committed to raising funds for an additional:
- 15 new radio collars at $350 each
- 19 refurbished radio collars at $220 each
These radio collars and vaccinations are needed for summer 2021. With your help island foxes will continue to thrive in the wild long into the future.