Nov 272012
 
(Vulpes vulpes)  Red foxes come in many different color phases, anywhere from a light yellow to a black phase. They remain this color all their lives.  All red foxes have a white tip on their tail.  What do Red Foxes eat? They are omnivores and will eat just about anything.   How long do Red foxes live? In captivity they live about 10-12 years.   How many babies do they have? They can have anywhere from 1 to 12 kits at a time.   Where are they found?  Red Foxes are found throughout most of Europe, Asia and North America.  

Interesting facts:

  • Red foxes come in many different color phases, anywhere from a light yellow to a black phase. They remain this color all their lives.
  • All red foxes have a white tip on their tail.
  • They have the widest distribution of any of the canids and can be found in a wide range of habitats.
 

Red Foxes at the Zoo

Red foxes were not considered indigenous to North America and could not be released back into the wild at the time. There may be an indigenous population that has been found in the Sierra Nevada range recently, but more research needs to be done in order to be sure. Pippen – A male fox who came to us in 2007.  Pippen also came to us as a tiny baby and was hand raised. He was born in captivity at Wolves and Company in Hesperia, CA.   Fire – A male fox who came to us in 2007. Fire lives alone as he is too aggressive with the other foxes. Fire is from the same litter as Pippen and was also hand raised by keepers and will be with us the rest of his life.   Vitra - A female was confiscated as an illegal pet in late 2014.  She is a white phase red fox, who looks more like as arctic fox than a red fox.  Vitra is about 14 years old, which makes her a senior citizen in the red fox world.