Jinca, the gray fox at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Jinca, the gray fox featured in the QUEST TV’s “Cool Critters” segment, arrived at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in 1996 with a broken back and a fractured leg. After going through months of rehabilitation at the Lindsay, he was too habituated to humans to be released back into the wild. So, he lived out the rest of his long life as an “animal ambassador” at the museum.

By the time we shot our story with Jinca and Animal Keeper, Jason Pfau, the fox was elderly and arthritic. Pfau told us that because his front shoulders and joints get stiff and he often appears to be in pain, the exercise that the keepers do with the ball, food and rock structures are critically important to his physical and mental health.

“Accepting this training that we’ve given him is a choice for him, it gives him a chance to make decisions in his life the way he would out in the wild,” says Pfau. “And also it gives us a chance to be able to work with him further, to work with him closely, to get a good look at his ears. His eyes. His fur.”

Sadly, Jinca passed away not long after we taped our story at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. But in February 2011, the museum welcomed a new handsome, young gray fox – as yet to be named. He was found as an abandoned pup in a barn in Humboldt county. He had been raised inappropriately by someone and then taken to a rehabilitation facility.The gray fox can be seen by the public daily along with hundreds of other wonderful “animal ambassadors” at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Cool Critters: The Gray Fox 22 February,2012Amy Miller


Amy Miller


Amy Miller is a documentary filmmaker and the Supervising Producer and Partner at Spine Films, a boutique production company specializing in science, natural history and art content.  Prior to joining the Spine team, she worked at KQED as the Series Producer of “QUEST”, a multimedia science and environment series. She was also a staff producer for two other KQED series, “SPARK” and “Independent View.” For her work in television, she’s earned multiple honors including ten Emmy awards and two AAAS Kavli Science Journalism awards.  Feature Producer/ Director credits include “Saving Otter 501” for PBS NATURE and “Let All the Stories Be Told” which aired as part of KQED’s “Truly California” series.


Lindsay Kelliher

Lindsay has been in media in California for more than a decade, dividing her time between San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay. She has worked on documentary and factual programs for PBS (NOVA and NATURE), National Geographic, Discovery, and Animal Planet. She has also been involved with working and volunteering for local Animal Rescue organizations. She loves her new home with QUEST, letting her combine her love of animals and nature with her science-nerd tendencies. Lindsay graduated with honors from Northwestern’s Radio, TV, and Film department.

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