Photo by @joelsartore. Roughly the size of a house cat, the small but mighty San Clemente Island fox is one species that has bounced back from the brink of extinction. Threatened by predation by invasive golden eagles, canine distemper transmitted by domestic dogs, habitat fragmentation due to development, and habitat loss to introduced livestock and game species, this species saw its population plummet in the 1990s and sightings became extremely rare. Thanks to captive breeding efforts, relocation of golden eagles, and the reintroduction of bald eagles (to prevent the goldens from recolonizing), the populations of this fox and three other nearby subspecies have grown. Work continues to boost the San Clemente Island fox’s numbers and in 2016 the species was down listed from endangered to threatened. Photographed @santabarbarazoo. Follow me for another look at this beautiful fox!