By Timothy J. Coonan
Local merely to the California Channel Islands, the island fox is the smallest canid in North the US. Populations on 4 of the islands have been threatened to extinction within the Nineties as a result of human-mediated predation and illness. this is often the 1st account of the average heritage and ecology of the island fox, illustrating either the vulnerability of island ecosystems and the efficacy of cooperative conservation measures. It explains intimately the serious conservation activities required to recuperate fox populations, corresponding to captive breeding and reintroduction, and large-scale atmosphere manipulation. those activities have been profitable due largely to notable collaboration one of the scientists, managers and public advocates keen on the restoration attempt. The ebook additionally examines the position of a few points of island fox biology, attribute of the 'island syndrome', in facilitating their restoration, together with excessive productiveness and an obvious model to periodic genetic bottlenecks.
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