Red Fox

The red fox lives around the world in many diverse habitats, even adjusting well to human environments. The fox is very adaptable and resourceful, earning it a “legendary reputation” for being intelligent and crafty (sly as a fox). The red fox is normally a solitary hunter, but lives in a small family group consisting of a mated pair and their young. Binocular vision helps target the movement of prey and an acute sense of hearing certainly makes hunting easier.

Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes

Habitat: Highly adaptable; can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including urban areas

Diet in the wild: Small rodents, game birds, reptiles, Invertebrates, sometimes small ungulates; will eat fruit and vegetable matter

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Dog and cat chow, vitamin, bread, chicken wing, and canine diet

Size: Weigh 6.5 to 24 pounds

Family: Babies stay with parents for at least a year and will help rear the next set of young

Status: Least Concern

Did you know? The red fox will signal others by making scent posts- urinating on trees or rocks to announce its presence. Next time you visit the zoo, see if you notice a skunky smell as you near the foxes.

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