We frequently receive a lot of questions from people regarding Russian domesticated foxes, the project, the why, and how they differ from wild and captive bred foxes. There are numerous "pet fox" breeders in the US to which anyone can purchase a fox from. Of course, foxes are not legal for pet ownership in many of the US states and some pet fox breeders are also associated with fur farms. The founders of the JABCECC started their adventure into the Russian fox program many years ago, as an exploration to better understand the behavior of these domesticated foxes. They did an extensive amount of research, corresponded with many of the experts in the program, and made a life long commitment to bring two of these foxes into their lives, Boris and Sophia. Fast forward four years and a lot of poop and pee and becoming experts in fox behavior...and the founders of JABCECC decided to bring three more Russians into their family. Viktor, Maks, and the unexpected Mikhail were imported from Russia and now make their home with the founders. Dave, a fox behavioral expert and animal behaviorist is currently evaluating them to see if they would make appropriate fox ambassadors for the JABCECC. In the meantime, Amy, Dave and their family are loving on them and welcoming them into their family. We will provide updates on Maks, Viktor, and Mikhail as we continue to understand and define their role for the center. We know it is impossible to not fall in love with them and their little personalities are adorable.... their nicknames are quickly being formed.
We ask that everyone be patient as we move forward with the center, the programs, and the events as we continue to evaluate how we can best impact animal conservation and welfare issues, develop our team of experts, and define our programs. In the meantime - love foxes, love canids, love JABCECC!