In early 2015, with support from a Conservancy donor–funded project, biologists reported the first sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox in Yosemite in nearly a century. Now, scientists need to learn more about the foxes living in the area, in order to develop plans to protect the species, one of the rarest mammals in North America.

This year, with your support, researchers will use remote cameras to search for the fox in southern Yosemite, where it has not yet been detected. In the north, where the fox has been found in the past, they’ll use detection dogs to conduct scat surveys and collect valuable genetic material, which can be used to monitor individual animals.

Your gift will help biologists learn more about a rare species and shape conservation efforts within and beyond Yosemite.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and University of California, Davis

Travis Espinoza

Wildlife Biologist, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

This project provides park managers and researchers with a snapshot of the status of a variety of high-elevation species in a remote section of the park. We will have vital information for taking proactive steps toward population recovery of the Sierra Nevada red fox.