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Saving the Island Fox

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How did a team of conservationists, veterinarians, and volunteers help a rare species of fox come back from the brink of extinction? And why did this little fox almost go extinct in the first place?

This is the story of the island fox, a small creature that’s endemic to California’s Channel Islandsβ€”and nowhere else. When an insecticide called DDT damaged the islands’ bald eagle populations via the fish they ate, golden eagles moved in.

Golden eagles liked eating small foxes… and little pigs, which had grown abundant after they were left wild on the island by farmers in the 1850s. The pigs were in competition with island foxes for land, and by 2004, the fox populations were officially declared endangered.

Operation Fox
This episode of NPR Skunkbear tells the story of a problem solving team, including The Nature Conservancy‘s Lotus Vermeer and the National Park Service‘s Tim Coonan, who worked for years to save the island fox… and succeeded.

mating pairs
Follow this video with these:
β€’ Home Sweet Habitat & Food Webs
β€’Β Fabulous Food Chains
β€’ Four fox pups in an underground β€˜magic tree den’
β€’Β A red fox mom cares for 13 babies
β€’ These curious but destructive arctic fox kits
β€’ How Earth’s magnetic field helps foxes target mice in the snow

Bonus: How beavers shaped North America.

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