Jake and Elwood
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Jake and Elwood

Jake and Elwood

History

In mid April, 2017, seven red foxes were born in captivity. These hand raised foxes were transferred to Los Angeles, California where they were illegally offered for sale.   Following an investigation the pups were located and confiscated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. While under the care of the Wildlife Investigation Lab, the pups received a thorough health exam. Amongst the litter both internal and external parasite were found. Treatment began immediately while the Senior Environmental Scientist began the search to locate approved homes for the fox pups. Animal Ark was the first contact and after a housing discussion it was decided the Ark could provide a good home for two of the silver phase pups. An educational opportunity would also be available as only 8% of wild red foxes are the dark color phase. After reviewing helpful information about the pups provided by the staff at the WIL, it was not difficult choosing two compatible pups that would adjust well to Animal Ark’s environment. In Nevada all foxes are considered high risk rabies carriers. Due to this and the original health of the pups the permit process to import them into Nevada was lengthy. Jane and Elwood arrived on June 22nd at nine weeks of age.

Koda

History

Koda arrived at Animal Ark on November 19, 2014. Born in captivity, Koda was sold as a pet on Craigslist when he was four months old and was then transferred to another person after just two weeks. His new owners cared for Koda for two months, realized the difficulties involved in raising a wild animal as a pet and surrendered him to California Department of Fish and Wildlife who placed him with California Wildlife Center (CWC) in Calabasas, CA. Animal Ark was contacted, obtained appropriate permissions for transferring Koda across statelines with four different agencies and began planning his travel itinerary. After a helicopter trip was cancelled due to weather, and a volunteer driver for CWC was in a car accident, Animal Ark staff on vacation relatively nearby changed course and picked up this 6-month old puppy.

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Amelia & Sadie

Amelia & Sadie

“The Explorer” and “I’ll Ask You to Dance”

History

A rancher found Amelia and Sadie as orphaned coyote pups in Fallon and turned them over to the Nevada Department of Wildlife. After a quarantine period during which it was verified they didn’t have rabies, the pups were given over to the care and custody of Animal Ark. Since the two-week old pups had to be bottle-fed, they lost their fear of humans and have learned to depend upon people. The early socialization with humans makes it impossible for the coyotes to be released back into the wild.

Amelia and Sadie are wonderful coyote ambassadors for their species. Coyotes are very adaptable and are found throughout most of Nevada. Coyotes are most active during the early morning and evening hours; however, in areas where they are not disturbed by human activity, they tend to be more active during the day.

Monty

History

After an extensive interview process, Animal Ark was chosen to receive the pup as a donation from Wolf Park. Wolf Park is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to behavioral research, education and conservation, with the objective of improving the public’s understanding of wolves and the value they provide to our environment.  Wolves are very social animals and form strong bonds with the other members of their pack (i.e family unit). Wolves communicate through facial expressions, specialized behaviors and postures. Contrary to popular belief, wolves are not dangerous to humans. Wild wolves generally fear and avoid people, rarely posing a threat to humans. Monty has lost his left eye due to glaucoma. He has adapted well, and enjoys the yard with his new best friend, Shadow.

Keira

History

 When Keira was approximately 6 weeks old she was picked up and subsequently dropped by a golden eagle near Fallon, Nevada, injuring her leg. She spent time recovering under supervised care in a captive environment. Kit foxes are not allowed in captivity within Nevada unless certain criteria are met with the Department of Wildlife and the Washoe County Health Department. Keira is not releasable to the wild so Animal Ark took possession of this kit fox pup on July 16, 2010 after contact from the Department of Wildlife. Two of our veterinarians gave her a clean bill of health, although at times she may favor her right front leg. She is a welcome addition to the Ark family, especially considering our last kit fox passed away at the age of 15 on July 18, 2010. In addition to giving this orphaned pup a home, there is an educational value to having the Kit fox species on exhibit.  The kit fox is an animal of interest with its adaptability to desert life, which includes its large ears, tremendous agility, and small size.


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