In 2004 the Channel Island foxes were added to the federal endangered species list.
Four of the six subspecies of the Channel Island fox underwent serious population decline. They faced predation by golden eagles, habitat destruction by feral pigs and canine distemper. That isn't the case anymore.
The fox population is now recovering and stabilizing.
"This is a good example of how captive breeding, habitat restoration, and reintroduction can be successful with multiple partners working together," said Estelle Sandhaus, Santa Barbara's zoo's director of Conservation and Research.
A presentation of the dramatic recovery of the Channel Island foxes will be held on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. in the Discovery Pavilion at the Santa Barbara Zoo.
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