Island Fox

With a body the size of a housecat and a personality as fierce as a lion, this fox may be small, but it’s definitely mighty

Pacific Southwest Region USFWS from Sacramento, US

A small and unique fox species native to six of the eight Channel Islands located off the coast of southern California. They are the smallest wild canid in North America and are known for their adorable appearance and playful behavior. Despite their small size, island foxes are fierce predators and can eat up to 40 different types of prey, including insects, fruits, and small mammals.

Unfortunately, the island fox population was severely impacted by habitat loss, introduced predators, and disease. However, with successful conservation efforts, including captive breeding and reintroduction programs, their population has since rebounded, and they were removed from the endangered species list in 2016. The island fox is a true conservation success story and serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting our wildlife.


Population est.
United States
Official estimate
Channel Islands of California

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No