Micke Grove Zoo has introduced the newest members of its family, a pair of young red foxes.
The pair, a boy and girl, are siblings and were found as orphaned kits in the wild by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Red foxes are not native to the state and are even considered invasive species as they compete for resources with California’s native gray fox. The kits were taken to a rehabilitation hospital for care until they could be relocated to a zoo or sanctuary. The pair were placed in standard quarantine when they arrived at Micke Grove, and now they are on exhibit in their new home.
Red foxes have long snouts and beautiful red coats, excellent hearing and will eat whatever is readily available. They are also known for being very shy and secretive, and the pair at Micke Grove is no exception. The female is still very wild and hides quite a bit, while her brother is more adventurous, he has even found a place in their enclosure to watch zoo guests. Nevertheless, guests are encouraged to be extra quiet during their visit to help the siblings acclimate to their new surroundings.
Micke Grove Zoo, part of Micke Grove Regional Park, is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., last entrance at 4 p.m. Zoo admission is $5 adults, $3 kids age 3 to 13. Vehicle entry into the park is $5 weekdays, $6 weekends and most holidays. Micke Grove Regional Park and Zoo is located off Armstrong Road, west of Highway 99, between Stockton and Lodi. For additional information, call 209-331-2010.