Grey Foxes at the Zoo

Michael J
Mozart

Description

(Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Grey foxes are the most cat-like of all the canids. They are the only canid that can climb trees. When the Europeans first came to North America, they tried to use Grey Foxes for their fox hunts. The foxes would go straight up a tree and escape the hunters.  Smart little foxes!

What do they eat?

Grey foxes are omnivores so they eat just about anything, but mostly small mammals, reptiles, frogs, insects, fruits and nuts.

How long do they live?

They can live from 10 to 12 years in captivity.

How many babies can they have?

They can have up to about 7 but 4 is common.

Where are they found?

Grey Foxes are found throughout North America including Southern Canada all the way down to portions of South America. They do not seem to occur in some of the Northwestern mountainous, or Great Plains regions of the United States.

Interesting facts about the Grey Fox:
  • Grey foxes are the most cat-like of all the canids.
  • They are the only canid that can climb trees.
  • When the Europeans first came to North America, they tried to use Grey Foxes for their fox hunts. The foxes would go straight up a tree and escape the hunters.