Pixel Tracker

Wednesday, March 20 , 2019, 4:49 am | Partly Cloudy 53º

 
 
 
 

Santa Barbara Zoo Introduces Foxy New Ambassador

A Navy commander assists staff in releasing Beauregard, a Channel Island fox, into his new home at the zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo on Tuesday introduced Beauregard, its latest ambassador, and he appears to be crazy like a fox.

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Scott Strader introduces Beauregard to his new home Tuesday at the Santa Barbara Zoo. (Sarah Varsik photo)
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Scott Strader introduces Beauregard to his new home Tuesday at the Santa Barbara Zoo. (Sarah Varsik photo)

Well, maybe not crazy, but Beauregard definitely is a fox — a Channel Island fox, to be exact.

Beauregard was a pup when he was found by a worker on San Clemente Island, and was cared for by U.S. Navy wildlife biologists on the island, which is used for various purposes by the Navy. The southern-most Channel Island, San Clemente lies about 50 miles off the coast of Long Beach.

As a pup, Beauregard did not learn basic survival skills, so he can’t be released back into his habitat, according to the zoo.

On Tuesday, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Scott Strader and zoo staff released Beauregard into his new home at the zoo. Because of his interactions with humans, he will become an ambassador for the species.

He will be following in the paw prints of Finnegan, a fox born and hand-reared at the zoo who met and inspired thousands of zoo guests before he died four months ago of renal failure.

Zoo officials noted that the zoo and the Navy have a long-standing relationship, and the zoo has previously exhibited other foxes from San Clemente Island. Currently, it has one other fox, Lobo, from Santa Rosa Island.

The zoo is one of only a few organizations that exhibit these small foxes, which are unique to the islands off the Santa Barbara coast. Four of the six subspecies underwent serious population declines, and were added to the federal endangered species list in 2004.

Beauregard was given his name by zoo sponsors Tom and Nancy Crawford.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $14 for adults, $10 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors age 65 or older, and children younger than 2 are free. Parking costs $6.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

Email
I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.