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.
“The Explorer” and “I’ll Ask You to Dance”
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.
Unfortunately, Amelia passed away in the fall of 2018 – she is missed by all.
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.