Animals | Areas | Identify | Search | Record

Cape Fox

Vulpes chama

Description - Other Names - Distribution - Taxonomy

Cape Fox (Vulpes chama) Silhouette

Quick stats

Description

Cape Fox - Vixen with kit © SA Tourism

The Cape Fox is found in sub-Saharan Africa with open spaces such as semi-arid, dry savannah and bush lands but avoids forest type regions. It is the only fox of its species living in the southern hemisphere in Africa.

The Cape Fox is small, the male being slightly heavier at a weight of about 3,3 kg. Its coat is black to grayish-silver, with a reddish brown head and a pale yellow stomach and sides. It has a long, black tipped tail, reaching half of its body length.

They live alone or in pairs and are nocturnal, with the exception of the young kits playing outside during the daytime. The foxes are not territorial and will sometimes have communal dens, although they feed alone.

Cape Foxes are omnivorous, eating small mammals, reptiles, rodents, insects and fruit, but will also scavenge. They are known to kill small livestock and can be a problem to farmers.

After a gestation period of 51 - 53 days, 3 -5 kits are born. New born kits are small, weighing 50 - 100g. Both parents care for the litter until they reach independence at around 5 months.

Other Names

Distribution

Distribution map of the Cape Fox
Distribution map
of the
Cape Fox

Taxonomy

Home + Animals + Contact + About + Site Map

Translate:

©2007 www.WackyWildlifeWonders.com
SA Tours and Safaris (TOURSA)
All Rights Reserved
travelmail@toursa.com
Disclaimer: SA Tours and Safaris Pty Ltd is not liable for any errors or omissions.

Text Sources