The only animal in the dog family that is capable of climbing, the Gray Fox inhabits woodlands throughout Florida. These scavenging creatures help maintain the balance of nature by eating rats and other potential disease carriers, insects, and rotting fruit. Over the years, the SFWC has admitted hundreds of foxes due to traumatic injuries, infections, malnutrition, or being orphaned. After medical care is completed, all fox patients need to spend time convalescing in an outdoor habitat to strengthen and prepare for release. Due to unique fox characteristics, the ideal habitat for this recuperation is one in which an adult grey fox is not in view of another and each space is large enough to accommodate the foxes natural behavior and movement patterns. Each fox will need space to practice climbing, jumping and running-- the skills needed to survive in the wild. Currently we do not have a single habitat on our property that is ideal for foxes’ recuperation per the standards set by The National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association.
We cannot stress the urgency of this request for appropriate conditioning habitats for these large, strong and beautiful animals.
This year alone we have admitted over twenty-five of these precious creatures. The demand for fox medical care is rising steadily-- spiking in the last three years. This has resulted from the closing of a nearby wildlife facility and the SFWC therefore becoming the only wildlife trauma hospital serving this area and the increased urbanization of once woody areas in South Florida.