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Eastern red fox
Vulpes vulpes

  • Habitat: Forest, Shrubland, Grassland, Wetlands (inland), Desert
  • Range: Across Canada and the U.S.A east of the Rocky mountains
  • Natural Diet: Small mammals, birds, fish, insects, plants, fruits, and berries.
  • Status in the Wild: Common


Fun Facts

  • They after the color of their fur. They have long bodies and shorter legs
  • Red foxes have a highly advanced sense of hearing and are able to hear rodents underground that they hunt with oustanding skills
  • They also have a highly developed sense of hearing or olfaction that they use to hunt their prey
  • They are habitat generalists living and surviving in diverse habitats
  • Red foxes are omnivorous feeding on a diverse type of food types such as small mammals, birds, fish, insects, plants, fruits, and berries.
  • They are excellent tree climbers and are able to effortlessly climb  trees
  • They are solitary and nocturnal by nature pairing briefly for breeding



Conservation Threats

The major threats are:

  • Habitat loss, fragmentation, and livestock farming and production.
  • Illegal hunting and trapping also has a detrimental influence on wild numbers


Male and female red foxes that are siblings are being housed together

Distributional range
Eastern red foxes are found in Canada and the U.S mostly east of the Rocky mountains