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

Distribution: Shrubland, grassland, wetlands, forest, desert and urban areas across Europe, Asia and the Middle East; introduced to North America and Australia

Diet in the Wild: Rodents, rabbits, birds, fruits, vegetables, fish, frogs, worms

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

IUCN Red List Status: Least concern, population stable

Interesting Facts:

The red fox has the widest distribution of all members of the order Carnivora.

The red fox uses its tail not just for balance, but also to communicate with other foxes, and to keep itself warm in cold weather.

Foxes produce a very musky, almost skunk-like odor. They use this odor to mark their territory.

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