Red Fox

Latin Name Vulpes vulpes
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Canidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Woodlands, grasslands, meadows, deserts, forests, urban
Distribution Arctic, Asia, Europe, Himalayas, India, Russia, North America

General Information

The Red Fox is the largest of the true foxes and the most geographically spread of all carnivores. Unlike other foxes it is able to adapt quickly to new environments. Despite its name there are many different colours within the species including melanistic and albino. Its main food source are small rodents, game birds, reptiles and insects and dustbins.

Averaging about 6.8kg in weight a red fox shot, recently, in Scotland weighed a massive 17.2kg.

Fun Fact

Most tails are used for balance or to communicate but a fox’s tail or brush is also used to wrap round and keep the fox warm during the cold winters and they often tuck their noses in too!

Keeper Notes

Our two resident foxes are Lichen (male) born 2004 and Spring (female) 2012.

Both are wild born who were unable to be returned to the wild and now have a permanent safe home at The Chestnut Centre.